Sarah Winkenstette

Germany, 2019 / 89 min / German OV (DE OV) / family

A German and Syrian boy overcome differences through their shared passion for football.

Ben and his family have to move to a nearby city because their village has to give way to an expanding coal mine. Ben fails to fit in at his new school, but thankfully there’s his passion for football. That is until Tariq arrives, a Syrian refugee and talented player who challenges Ben’s position as a striker on the team. Even though the two start out as competitors, they soon come to realise that they have more in common than they thought. Tariq confesses that he is desperate to be reunited with his scattered family, so to cheer him up, Ben secretly takes him to his old, abandoned house. Their developing friendship will make them both feel more at home in their new lives.

  • Scythian Deer – Teen Screen Award, Molodist International Film Festival, 2019 (Ukraine)
  • Kids‘ Jury Award, Zurich International Film Festival, 2019 (Switzerland)
  • Kinder- und Jugendfilmpreis des Goethe-Instituts, Schlingel International Film Festival, 2019 (Germany)
  • Preis der Ökumenischen Jury, Schlingel International Film Festival, 2019 (Germany)
  • CIFEJ Award, Filem’On International Film Festival for Young Audiences, 2019 (Belgium)
Cast & Credits
Yoran Leicher, Sobhi Awad, Anna König, Andreas Nickl, Julia Hirt, Sophia Gobrecht, Lola Höller, Alpay Mehmet, Mohamed Achour, Anna Böttcher, Petra Nadolny, Tobias Schäfer, Julia Schmitt
Susanne Finken
Monika Plura
Jonathan Schorr
Susanna Haneder
Leonard Petersen
Weydemann Bros.
Orange Roughy Filmproduktion, Rotor Film
Weydemann Bros.

German director Sarah Winkenstette completed a training programme at RTL’s journalism school in Cologne from 2003-2004. She has since worked as a freelance director on several TV series for young adults and children, including Schloss Einstein which has been running on German television since 1998. From 2007 and 2011 she studied at the Academy fof Media Arts in Cologne where she graduated from the film faculty. Her graduation film, Gekidnapped (2011), received multiple awards and became a launch pad for her career as a free director. Too Far Away (2019) is her first feature film.

  • 2019 – Ein Sommer an der Moldau (TV series)
  • 2019 – Schloss Einstein (TV series)
  • 2019 – Zu weit weg
  • 2018 – Willkommen bei Familie Clown (web series)
  • 2018 – Kann es Johannes? (documentary short)
  • 2014 – Mensch, Hanna! (TV series)
  • 2011 – Gekidnapped (short)
  • 2010 – Sturmfrei (short)
  • 2009 – Bienenstich ist aus (short)
  • 2009 – Entschuldigt (short)
  • 2009 – Lindenstraße: Terror (1 episode of the TV series)
  • 2008 – Proficoach (documentary TV series)
  • 2007 – Rot