Gipsy Queen

Film still: Gipsy Queen © Gipsy Queen

Feature, Drama, 2019, 112 min. 
Original title: Gipsy Queen
Language: German with English subtitles
Director: Hüseyin Tabak
Screenplay: Hüseyin Tabak
Cinematography: Lukas Gnaiger
Cast: Alina Serban, Tobias Moretti, Irina Kurbanova, Producer: Danny Krausz
Festivals: Hamburg 2019, Tallinn Black Nights 2019, Santa Barbara 2020, Göteborg 2020, Shanghai 2020
Awards: Best Actress & Estonian Ecumenical Jury Prize, Tallinn 2019; Best Leading Actress, German Screen Actors Awards 2020

Charismatic single mother Ali works herself to the bone as a cleaner at the Ritze nightclub in Hamburg so that her two children can have the opportunities inherent in a German life and education. Long ago, as a promising young boxer, Ali was the pride and joy of her father and the Romanian Roma community, but she was disowned after bearing children out of wedlock. One night, Ali discovers the boxing ring in the basement of the Ritze, and it brings back memories. Ritze owner and former boxer Tanner recognizes her talent, and as she starts to box again, she sees the chance of a better life… but at what price? – Alissa Simon

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