Official Selection, Goethe-Insitut Presents new German films


Drama, Sport, Social Issues
International Premiere

Gipsy Queen

Gipsy Queen
Director: Hüseyin Tabak
Country: Germany, Austria
Year: 2019
Film duration: 01:52
Language: German
Producer: Danny Krausz
Screenwriter: Hüseyin Tabak
DoP: Lukas Gnaiger
Editor: Christoph Loidl
Music: Judit Varga
Cast: Alina Serban, Tobias Moretti, Irina Kurbanova
Production: DOR FILM-WEST Produktionsgesellschaft mbH


30 year old Ali has the heart of a lioness, is proud, doesn't complain and works herself to the bone for her two children, as a cleaner in Hamburg's famous nightclub “Ritze”.

But deep in her heart Ali carries a wound: after she became an unmarried mother in Romania she was disowned by her father - for whom, until then, she was the Gypsy Queen, the queen of all Roma.

When Ali discovers the boxing ring in the Ritze's basement one day and gets to watch a fight, it brings back memories of boxing training with her father. Fully equipped and disappointed by life, Ali vents all her fury on the punching bag one evening. Tanne, ex-boxer and owner of the Ritze sees her and recognizes her talent. She starts to box again and sees the chance for a better life.

While boasting an extremely physical acting debut by Alina Serban, Gipsy Queen sets Hamburg as another main protagonist, the proud cradle of german boxing. The settings are among the most renowned of the boxing subculture.

Starring opposite Serban we see one of the most renowned actors in german language, Tobias Moretti, who surprises as Tanne, a man worn down by body blows and lifestyle - and rising up once more for Ali. Director Hüseyin Tabak („Your Beauty Is Worth Nothing“) returns with a powerful drama delivering its emotions with a grand variety of punches.

Christoph Gröner


Hüseyin Tabak (b. 1981) studied directing and scriptwriting at the Filmakademie in Vienna. His first short film "Cheese" went to over 70 international film festivals and won 16 awards. His feature films "A Horse on the Balcony" (2012) and "Your Beauty is Worth Nothing" (2012) were huge critical successes. "Your Beauty..." won the Austrian Film Award in four categories. His documentary "The Legend of the Ugly King"  about the Kurdish-Turkish director Yilmaz Güney is a big festival hit. "Gipsy Queen" is his fifth full-length film.
Director's filmography: Kick Off (doc, 2010), Deine Schönheit ist nichts wert (Su ilu pole midagi väärt, PÖFF 2012), Das Pferd auf dem Balkon (2012), Die Legende vom hässlichen König (doc, The Legend of the Ugly Kin, 2017), Gipsy Queen (2019)
  • Hüseyin Tabak

    Wed, November 20, 2019


    Coca-Cola Plaza, iSense Saal, Tallinn

    Screening code: 060101
    Subtitles: English, Estonian
    Q&A guests: Hüseyin Tabak, Alina Serban, Lukas Gnaiger
    Screening duration: 02:22
    Language: German

    Thu, November 21, 2019


    Athena Keskus, Tartu

    Screening code: 071901
    Subtitles: English, Estonian
    Q&A guests: Hüseyin Tabak, Alina Serban
    Screening duration: 02:12
    Language: German

    Fri, November 29, 2019


    Apollo Kino Solaris, Saal 4, Tallinn

    Screening code: 151204
    Subtitles: English, Estonian
    Screening duration: 01:52
    Language: German






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