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A group of sad slum residents, living on the limits of society under immense pressure, find an invitation to a handball tournament in Bavaria.

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Uberto Pasolini
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dharmapriya Dias Dharmapriya Dias ... Stanley
Gihan De Chickera Gihan De Chickera ... Manoj
Dharshan Dharmaraj Dharshan Dharmaraj ... Suresh
Namal Jayasinghe Namal Jayasinghe ... Vijith
Sujeewa Priyalal Sujeewa Priyalal ... Piyal
Dayadewa Edirisinghe Dayadewa Edirisinghe ... Naseem
Mahendra Perera Mahendra Perera ... Ruan
Pitchchei Selvaraj Pitchchei Selvaraj ... Nesa
Kumara Thirimadura Kumara Thirimadura ... Oaf
Pubudu Chathuranga Pubudu Chathuranga ... Spoilt Son
S. Selvsekaran S. Selvsekaran ... Father
Pradeepan Puwabalasingham Pradeepan Puwabalasingham ... AJ
Sarath Karunaratne Sarath Karunaratne ... PK
Mangala Pradeep Kumara Mangala Pradeep Kumara ... VD
Saumya Liyanage Saumya Liyanage ... Angry Foreigner
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A group of desperate slum dwellers, living on the margins of society under impossible pressures, find an invitation to a handball tournament in Bavaria to be the answer to their prayers, a one way ticket to the West and the wealth that will solve all their problems. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Sri Lanka | Italy | Germany

Language:

Sinhalese | English

Release Date:

12 September 2008 (Italy) See more »

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Germany See more »

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Budget:

€5,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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The inspiration came from the actual case of the 2004 incident, where a fake Sri Lankan national handball team tricked its way into a German tournament, lost all of their matches, and subsequently vanished. See more »

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22 June 2009 | by skinsk-1See all my reviews

It was raining today and a friend and I wandered into this film (by mistake!! We looked at the wrong day and thought this was a Slovak documentary) at the Trencin Film Fest in Slovakia. It was one of the most fortunate mistakes I've ever made. I am not a movie fan, but with no knowledge of the plot, etc, watching this unfold was magical. Many others have commented on the acting, the authenticity, the story. . . I concur; all converged perfectly. I felt I was there in SL, and that it wasn't a script. Truly one of the best films I've ever seen (admittedly, I see few films). So human, so true, and in the way perhaps art does best, it shined a light on a situation (economics, politics, immigration) that often fails to consider people-- individuals with dignity who bear the brunt of the economic machine's brutality. I hope this movie goes further and I will recommend it to all of my friends. Wow.


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