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Kick Off
Hüseyin Tabak, Austria, 2009.
Directed by: Hüseyin Tabak
Script: Hüseyin Tabak
Producer: Josef Aichholzer
Production company: Aichholzer Filmproduktion
Cinematography: Lukas Gnaiger
Editing: Britta Nahler
Music: Mikail Aslan
Format: video
Running time: 94'

Synopsis
The Prater Stadium in Vienna. Thirty thousand spectators are watching Austria play Turkey. At half time there’s a very special item on the programme. Footballers in bright red strip, faces that are unfamiliar to even the keenest fan, jog onto the pitch. 'It’s a proud moment for me', says the stadium announcer, 'to present a very special team today. Courageous men who’ve fought their way back from the edge with the help of football. They will be representing Austria at the Homeless Street Soccer World Cup in Australia.'

Awards
Diagonale – Prize of the Young People’s Jury, Audience Award

Directors Biography
Hüseyin Tabak is born 1981 in Germany. His origin is Kurdish from Turkey. He started to work in the film industry in Hamburg, he was production volunteer on the film set. Studies Directing at the Filmacademy in Vienna. Filmography: 'Cheeese' (2008, fiction, winner of the Golden pram for the best short feature film at the 6th Zagreb Film Festival) 'Ausnahmezustand' (2007, documentary). 'Kick Off' is his first long feature documentary.

Location and screening schedule:
Europa cinema, Friday, October 22nd at 9.00
Tuškanac cinema, Friday, October 22nd at 18.00
Dokukino Croatia, Saturday, October 23rd at 21.00