Austin Jewish Film Festival presents their Opening Night Party with "The Keeper" Movie, Saturday, November 2 in Rollins Studio Theatre.
The 17th season of the AJFF opens with a party followed by “The Keeper” at Austin’s Long Center in the Rollins Studio Theatre.
A young man in Nazi Germany, Bert Trautmann is recruited as a soldier and captured by the British in 1944. While in a prisoner-of-war camp, his soccer skills attract the attention of both the local football (soccer) club’s manager and his daughter, Margaret. The manager gets Trautmann out of the camp to play for his team. The nearby Manchester City Football Club (a premier British soccer team) notices Trautmann’s goal-keeping skills and, as the war ends, gets him to sign up. That move causes outrage among thousands of Manchester City fans, many of them Jewish. But Trautmann’s new wife, Margaret, wins unexpected support from a rabbi who had fled the Nazis. Trautmann goes on to overcome racism, public hostility and personal tragedy with a triumphant rise to success with Manchester City, famously playing the end of the 1956 Football Association Championship Cup Final with a broken neck.
“The true story of Bert Trautmann, the German who played to Manchester City after the Second World War, is a heartfelt blend of romance and football.”
- Party begins at 7pm
- Theatre doors open at 8pm
- “The Keeper” begins at 8:15pm
- Please note, this film contains mature content and themes.
Director: Marcus H. Rosenmüller
Biography, Drama, Romance, Sport
English, German (with subtitles)
Questions? Call the 3M Box Office at (512) 474-LONG (5664), TTY (800) 735-2989.