Cast: Alina Serban, Irina Kurbanova, Tobias Moretti
On-Demand screening available during Nov. 19-21, 2020
Viewable in the State of California
Berlin & Beyond is proud to present this very special on-demand screening of “Gipsy Queen,” as a tribute to Alina Serban, in honor of her Best Actress win at the 2020 German Screen Actors Awards and the Best Actress nomination at the 2020 German Film Awards.
We had the honor of welcoming Alina Serban to San Francisco this past February, when Gipsy Queen was the Castro Closing Night Film of our 24th Berlin & Beyond Film Festival.
About the Film:
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 AiI (30), who uses everything she‘s got to try to keep the heads of her two children Esmeralda (11) and Mateo (5) above water, and to 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.
World Sales Agency: ARRI International, Germany