Based on an incredible true story, THE KEEPER follows Bert Trautmann, a German prisoner of war whose exceptional skills on the soccer field get him noticed by the manager of a local football team. Impressed by Bert's prowess as a goal-keeper, the team manager gets him out of the camp to play for his team. Meanwhile, love slowly blossoms between the manager’s daughter and Bert despite local hostility. In addition to the disapproval of his relationship, Bert’s subsequent signing by Man City brings passionate protests from the people of Manchester, a city that had been severely bombed in the War. However, against all odds, he won over even his harshest critics during the FA Cup Final for Manchester City in 1956. After an on-field accident, Bert broke his neck… and continued playing to secure victory.
Adapted from the book Trautmann's Journey by Catrine Clay
2019 Beijing International Film Festival: Winner – Best Supporting Actor (John Henshaw); Nomination – Best Film
2019 German Film Awards: Nomination – Best Film Score; Best Costume Design
2018 Hamburg Film Festival: Nomination – Best Feature
“This is a heartfelt and sympathetic story” – Guardian
“It deserves to be seen for lots of reasons. Chiefly, because it truly is a heck of a story.” – Daily Mail (UK)
“The Keeper is a great story of love in adversity and is handsomely told.” – Radio Times