The Goalkeeper’s Anguish at the Penalty / Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmete

(Fiction, Germany / Austria, 1972, 101’, C, Fr ST)

by Wim Wenders

with Arthur Brauss, Kai Fisher, Erika Pluhar, Libgart Schwarz, Edda Köchl, Rüdiger

The Goalkeeper’s Anguish at the Penalty


Joseph Bloch is a world-class goalkeeper. During a match in Vienna, he concedes a goal and is expelled by the referee. Thus begins a story of his wandering, punctuated by gratuitous acts, gestures thrown into an empty world, in search of what could finally be a meeting.


« L’Angoisse du gardien de but au moment du penalty (1970), récit maillé d’un nombre impressionnant de situations de communication – ainsi que le suggère déjà son titre métaphorique – peut être lu comme la démonstration conséquente des aléas inhérents au face à face avec l’autre. » Brigitte Desbrière-Nicolas

Film Author :

Wim Wenders
Wim Wenders

Wim Wenders (born 1945) is a German director, screenwriter, producer and photographer. Son of a surgeon, he first studied medicine and philosophy. But in 1966-67, after a year in Paris spent mainly at the French cinémathèque, he returned to Germany and enrolled in a film school. In the early 1970s, he regularly wrote reviews and joined forces with other directors of the New German Cinema to produce, direct and distribute their films independently. He founded his own production company in 1974 and the rest is history. Twenty-five films to date, including the now classic Paris, Texas (1984) and Wings of Desire (1987). Wim Wenders met Peter Handke at a short film festival when they were barely twenty years old. They share the same passions: cinema, painting, rock and the United States. To date, they have made five films together, Handke writing for Wenders.

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