Magazine article Screen International

Biopic of Footballer Bert Trautmann Gets Sales Deal

Magazine article Screen International

Biopic of Footballer Bert Trautmann Gets Sales Deal

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Beta Cinema has come on board to handle world sales on Trautmann, the long-gestating biopic of Nazi soldier turned English football hero Bert Trautmann.

Trautmann was one of the larger-than-life personalities of post-war European sport: a former Nazi paratrooper who became a hero as the world's most famous goalkeeper of his time – not in his home country, but on the playing fields of his former enemy. He famously broke his neck in the 1956 FA Cup Final but kept on playing.

The film, the first English-language feature for German director Marcus H Rosenmueller (Grave Decisions), is now fully financed and will shoot later this summer.

German actor David Kross (The Reader) is still on board to play Trautmann while UK actress Freya Mavor (The Sense Of An Ending) has been cast as the love of his life, Margaret, who was the daughter of his English coach.

The film is produced by Robert Marciniak, Chris Curling and Steve Milne with Lieblingsfilm, Zephyr Films, the British Film Company and Degeto Film as co-financing partners. …

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