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Family | Running Time: 89 minutes

2022 / Dutch

Country: Netherlands and Germany

Directed by: Camiel Schouwenaar



Reinier Selen, Rinskje Raap

Maik Cillekens, Anouar Kasmi, Kailani Busker, Mohamed Tijani, Martijn Fischer, Maartje Van De Wetering, Walid Benmbarek, Soufiane Touzani

Job Tichelman, Camiel Schouwenaar

Twelve-year-old Dylan (Maike Cillekens) and his best friend Youssef (Anouar Kasmi) live, eat and breathe football. Every evening they train in the park, coached by Dylan’s gruff father Dennis (Martijn Fischer), their sights set on winning a cup awarded by their hero Soufiane Touzani, the charismatic Dutch-Moroccan freestyle footballer. Then Dylan is hit by a car, damaging his spinal cord, meaning he will never walk again. His traumatised refusal to accept this – he has a cup to win! – is heartbreaking for his dad and almost destroys his friendship with Youssef. Fortunately, skater girl Maya gives him hope; meanwhile, Touzani appears as a fantastical mentor, reminding him that when boyhood scoliosis prevented him from playing professional football, he found another way to live his dream. Director Camiel Schouwenaar gets the most from his young performers in this satisfying and often funny story of friendship, perseverance, creativity – and football.