Press Comments

“Successful mix between satire and drama.”
Blickpunkt:Film, tk

“Hannes Stoehr has made a funny and intelligent film about his South German homeland in the process of globalisation.”
Tip Berlin, Christina Moles Kaupp

“A film that takes the most creative skills of Hollywood to Swabia (area in South Germany) – the liaison between the lust to think and the lust to laugh.”
Stuttgarter Zeitung, Thomas Klingenmaier

“‘Global Player’ – iridescent between drama and silent comedy – is, in the best sense of the meaning, a homeland film, but without any folkloristic kitsch. (…) ‘Global Player’ parallels all questions of globalisation a story of a family with a rich tradition that has become alien to each other. The crisis pulls everybody closer together again.”

“Serious . Profound. Funny. Convincing. Tremendously filmed. Terrifically narrated.”
Schwarzwaelder Bote, Klaus Stopper

“A warm-hearted comedy with tragic elements. Cinema with heart and brain!”
Gong, F. Roemer

“The director and screenwriter Hannes Stoehr and the actors interwine graveness with drollness, ethnological curiosity with patriotism, the joy to entertain with the seriousness of a portrait about a crisis.”
Stuttgarter Zeitung, Thomas Klingenmaier

“… a portrait of today, composed with sensitive humour.”
Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Thomas Morawitzky

“A well narrated , impressively photographed and convincingly acted tragiccomedy of the entertaining kind.”, Dieter Osswald

“Christoph Bach is outstanding (…) a contemporary entrepreneurial drama.”
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Hans-Joerg Rother

“Director Hannes Stoehr has managed to balance sincerety and humour. This is not just due to the good script but also to the wonderful actors – most of all Walter Schultheiss as senior boss. The story is about Europe versus Asia, young against old – or: Europe together with Asia and elders together with younger generations. How an imminent bankruptcy tears a family apart and binds them back together, as well as the clever solution unwinding the end is worth a trip to the movies.”
Blitz, Carola Kinzel

“Christoph Bach, Freiburg-born Inka Friedrich and Ulrike Folkerts as Bogenschuetz’s children are very convincing. You can only admire JinJin Harder for her genious pokerface while translating as well as her nearly accent-free German.”
Badische Zeitung, Heidi Ossenberg

“At 89 years of age, Walter Schultheiss is the star and real discovery of the film Global Player (…) – in the key scene he performs just brilliantly (…).”
Zeit Magazin, Jana Simon

“This is tragicomic as well as entertaining, as Hannes Stoehr along with Andreas Dresen is the only German director who currently creates everyday life stories while underlining them lovingly with humour. After his great audience success of ‘Berlin is in Germany’ and ‘Berlin Calling’ – which was in cinemas for over a year and has become a cult film -, Hannes Stoehr has made a province and family drama, a clever and entertaining comment on globalisation far away from the big metropolises.”
Deutschlandradio Kultur, Joerg Taszman

“Very close to reality and one of the very rare proves that economics can be exciting and entertaining.”
Manager Magazin, Wolfgang Hirn

“A story enriched with silent humour that keeps being interesting all the way (…). A substantially brillant and highly topical family film.”
Zitty, Martin Schwarz

“A well researched , very fine film.”
Handelsblatt, Anja Mueller

“That everyone is talking about ‘Global Player’ (…) is due to three actors along many others: Stefan Hallmayer, Berthold Biesinger and Uwe Zellmer from the Melchinger Lindenhof Theatre.”
Suedwestpresse, Hardy Kromer

“Other countries celebrate military achievements on their national holidays whereas the founding myth of modern Germany is the economic miracle, and Walter Schultheiss as the family’s patriarch Paul Bogenschuetz (…) personifies this in an enchanting and touching way.”
Schwarzwaelder Bote, Klaus Stopper

“From the hip metropolitan scene to the rural countryside: After his celebrated Berlin trilogy (‘Berlin is in Germany’, ‘One day in Europe’, ‘Berlin Calling’), Hannes Stoehr returned to his home Baden-Wuerttemberg to make this highly topical film ‘Global Player’.”

“To sum it up: Sympathetic mixture of economic drama and patriotic homeland comedy with outstanding actors that screens exactly the right mix between tragic and merriment.”, Bjoern Schneider

“Exquisitly photographed (…) a fine film.”
Muenchner Merkur, kat

“The comedy (…) uses the dialect as a catalyst for an authentic and thoughtful perspective of globalisation as a burden and as a chance.”
Abendzeitung Muenchen, Teresa Gross

“A lot of Swabian is spoken in the film and a lot of Maultaschen (South German delicacy) are served, yet the film is not a schmaltzy patriotic one. It is not a film by a Swabian for Swabians. The Swabian Alb is everywhere – in East Westphalia and Central Hesse, in Upper Bavaria and Lower Saxony. Wherever German middleclass meets global competition, this story will be repeated as shown or likewise.”
Manager Magazin, Wolfgang Hirn

“A complex film, a drama with lots of humour, understandable for non-Swabians, too. Christoph Bach convincingly performs as the torn junior boss and Walter Schultheiss (…) embodies his role of the senior boss with great grandeur.”
Die Welt, Hans-Georg Rodek