The Goalie's Anxiety At The Penalty Kick
Available for the first time in three decades, Wim Wenders’ 1972 classic feature debut has been restored and remastered under the filmmaker’s supervision. Goalkeeper Josef Bloch (Arthur Brauss) is sent off after committing a foul during an away game. Losing his bearings, he wanders aimlessly through an unfamiliar town, spending the night with the box-office attendant of a movie theatre and committing 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. The film started a long-term collaboration between Wenders, celebrated cinematographer Robby Müller and editor Peter Przygodda. A stark existential drama, it was the winner of the Critic’s Prize at Venice Film Festival 1972.
★★★★★ “Majestic meditation on madness, misogyny and the American dream” - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian