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International Spotlight: Germany
NOWITZKI. The Perfect Shot
Germany, 2014, 106 min., Color, English, German with English subtitles

The Dallas Mavericks and Dirk Nowitzki won the 2011 NBA Championship. Bringing joy to Mark Cuban and millions of adoring fans. Dirk’s a 13-time NBA All-Star, League MVP, a NBA Finals MVP and apparently a hell of a tennis player. NBA-Superstar Dirk Nowitzki is a living legend and future NBA hall of famer, but this level of perfection doesn’t come easy or without help.

THE PERFECT SHOT, directed by award-winning director Sebastian Dehnhardt, covers the story of Nowitzki’s rise to international notoriety. It’s the story of the fascinating relationship between Nowitzki and his coach and mentor, Holger Geschwindner—the physicist who recognized young Dirk Nowitzki’s talent early on and, with a mix of ambition and scientific precision, helped him all the way to the top of his profession. Dirk Nowitzki and Holger Geschwindner have a unique relationship and an even more unorthodox training regiment. German engineering meets NBA Basketball.

THE PERFECT SHOT is a feature length documentary about friendship, what it really takes to fulfill your dreams and the desire to win. It’s a fitting film for one of the all time greats.

— James Faust
Sebastian Dehnhardt
Sebastian Dehnhardt
Leopold Hoesch
Johannes Imdahl
André Hammesfahr
Stefan Ziethen
Dirk Nowitzki, Mark Cuban, Steve Nash, Donnie Nelson, Kobe Bryant, Michael Finley, Jason Kidd, Holger Geschwindner

Director Bio

Sebastian Dehnhardt is an award-winning German documentary filmmaker and journalist best known for films such as KLITSCHKO (2011), DAS DRAMA DON DRESDEN (2005) and DAS Wunder VON BERN – DIE WAHRE GESCHICHTE (2004). He has worked for several television stations including ZDF, one of the largest public broadcasters in Europe, and he currently serves alongside filmmaker Leopold Hoesh as managing partner for Broadview TV GmbH in Cologne.