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THE GOALIE’S ANXIETY AT THE PENALTY KICK

On Blu-ray & DVD from 28th May 2018

Having remained commercially unavailable for over three decades, Wim Wenders’ 1972 classic THE GOALIE’S ANXIETY AT THE PENALTY KICK returns to screens, restoredand remastered in stunning 4K.

After being sent off for committing a foul during an away game, goalkeeper Josef Bloch (Arthur Brauss) wanders aimlessly through the unfamiliar town, spends the night with the box-office attendant of a movie theatre and commits a crime. But instead of turning himself in or fleeing, Bloch goes to his ex-girlfriend’s place in the country and passively waits for the police to catch him.

As Wenders himself has stated, the visual idiom of Hitchcock’s films provided the model forhis debut film. He adheres minutely to the thoroughly cinematic source, a novella by Peter Handke. With his cameraman Robby Müller, and his editor Peter Przygodda – both of whom had already worked with him on his film thesis at the HFF (Munich University of Television and Film) – in THE GOALIE’S ANXIETY AT THE PENALTY KICK Wenders set forth acollaboration that would weld this team together for years.

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