The Kings Surrender

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    The Kings Surrender

    Wir Waren Könige

    Directed by

    Germany

    2014

    107 min

    • German

    Drama

    A police special forces team, a youth gang: two parallel worlds, traversed by electric tensions and magnetic bonds. Chance and a shy thirteen-year-old first bring these worlds in contact and then smash them together in a fight for survival. A gloomy and tense metropolitan noir, suspended between traces of Scorsese and references to Scandinavia’s take on the genre; it gives nobody a break and starkly depicts truth, justice, friendship and loyalty.

    Awards

    • Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature - Austin FF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Ronald Zehrfeld
    Misel Maticevic
    Mohamed Issa
    Hendrik Duryn
    Tilman Strass
    Oliver Konietzny
    Frederick Lau
    Torben Liebrecht
    Simon Werner
    Adrian Saidi
    Hassan Issa
    Katharina Heyer
    Screenplay
    Philipp Leinemann
    Cinematography
    Christian Stangassinger
    Editing
    Max Fey
    Jochen Retter
    Music
    Sebastian Fischer
    Production
    WALKER + WORM FILM GMBH & CO. KG

    Press

    A superior, sprawling cops-and-crooks saga.

    Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

    Philipp Leinemann

    Philipp Leinemann

    Germany

    Philipp Leinemann began studying and directing in 2004 at Division III ( film and television acting) at the University of Television and Film Munich. His graduation film TRANSIT was awarded at the Munich FF 2010. Before he studied film he was a mechanical engineering student, working part time as a truck driver and made ​​films as a hobby. His debut film TRANSIT reworks many of his experiences as a truck driver .