German filmmaker and former professional footballer Sönke Wortmann directs the family sports drama The Miracle of Bern
. As former World War II prisoner of war Richard Lubanski returns home from Russia and struggles to reassimilate to life in post-WWII Germany, his 11-year-old son Matthias follows the miraculous success of the West German soccer team at the World Cup in Bern, Switzerland in 1954. This film charts both the family’s story and the story of an unexpected victory in the context of the post-war struggle for German identity and recovery. In German language with English subtitles. (35mm presentation)
35mm print was provided courtesy of the Goethe-Institut Chicago.
Series sponsors include IU’s Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, Institute for European Studies, Russian and East European Institute, Center for the Study of the Middle East, Center for the Study of Global Change, Islamic Studies Program and IU Cinema.