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Germany/Austria, 2019, 112 min., Writer & Director: Hüseyin Tabak, Cast: Alina Șerban, Tobias Moretti, Irina Kurbanova
In German and Romani with English subtitles.
Director Hüseyin Tabak gained critical acclaim with such films as Your Beauty is Worth Nothing and The Legend of the Ugly King. Gipsy Queen is a powerful and inspiring boxing story of Roma single mother Ali, who uses everything she's got to try to keep the heads of her two children Esmeralda and Mateo above water, and to enable them to get a good start in life in their new home in a foreign country.
It‘s hard not to like young Ali. She has the heart of a lion, is proud, doesn‘t complain, and works herself to the bone for her children as a cleaner in Hamburg‘s famous Ritze underground club. But deep in her heart Ali carries a wound: after she became an unmarried mother in Romania, she was disowned by her father - for whom, until then, she was the Gipsy Queen, the boxing queen of all Roma.
When Ali discovers the boxing ring in the Ritze's basement one day and gets to watch a fight, it brings back memories of boxing training with her father. Fully equipped and disappointed by life, Ali vents all her fury on the punching bag in the basement of the Ritze one evening. Tanne, ex-boxer and owner of the Ritze, sees her and recognizes her talent. She starts to box again, and sees the chance of a better life.
Hüseyin Tabak was born in 1981 to a Kurdish-German family. After working on several film sets as an intern and assistant director, he studied Directing and Scriptwriting at the Film Academy in Vienna. His first short film Cheeese screened at over 70 international film festivals and won 16 awards. His feature films A Horse on the Balcony (2012) and Your Beauty is Worth Nothing (2012) were huge critical successes. Among many others, Beauty won the Austrian Film Award in four categories. His documentary The Legend of the Ugly King about the Kurdish-Turkish director Yilmaz Güney was also a big festival hit and was followed by the acclaimed Gipsy Queen (2019).