Director Hüseyin Tabak gained critical acclaim with such films as „Your Beauty Is Worth Nothing“ and The Legend Of The Ugly King“.
GIPSY QUEEN is a powerful and inspiring boxing story of the Roma single mother ALI (30), who uses everything she‘s got trying to keep the heads of her two children Esmeralda (11) and Mateo (5) above water and enable them to get a good start in life in their new home in a foreign country.
It‘s hard not to like young Ali. She has the heart of a lion, is proud, doesn‘t complain and works herself to the bone for her two children, Esmeralda and Mateo, as a cleaner in Hamburg‘s famous „Ritze“ underground club. But deep in her heart Ali carries a wound: after she became an unmarried mother in Romania she was disowned by her father – for whom, until then, she was the Gipsy Queen, the queen of all Roma. When Ali discovers the boxing ring in the „Ritze‘‘‘s basement one day and gets to watch a fight it brings back memories of boxing training with her father. Fully equipped and disappointed by life, Ali vents all her fury on the punching bag in the basement of the „Ritze“ one evening. Tanne, ex-boxer and owner of the „Ritze“ sees her and recognizes her talent. She starts to box again and sees the chance of a better life.
with English subtitles
(DOR FILM-WEST Produktionsgesellschaft mbH)
Alina Serban (Ali), Tobias Moretti (Tanne), Irina Kurbanova (Mary)
December 6, 2019
Filmfest Hamburg 2019 | Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival -Official Competition | Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2020 | Göteborg Film Festival 2020 | Berlin & Beyond Film Festival 2020 | Istanbul Film Festival 2020 | Shanghai International Film Festival 2020 | Transilvania International Film Festival 2020 | Beijing International Film Festival 2020 | Bif&st Bari International Film Festival 2020
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2019Best Actress - Alina Serban | Estonian Ecumenical Jury Prize presented by the representatives of the largest congregations in Estonia> Austrian Film Award: Best Actor Tobias Moretti
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