The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick

The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick

Director: Wim Wenders

Country:  Germany / Austria

Year of Production:  1972

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Having remained unavailable for three decades, Wim Wenders’ 1972 classic THE GOALIE’S ANXIETY AT THE PENALTY KICK returns, restored and remastered in stunning 4K, commissioned by the Wim Wenders Foundation under the direct supervision of Wim Wenders.

The goalkeeper Josef Bloch (Arthur Brauss) is sent off after committing a foul during an away game. Losing his bearings, he wanders aimlessly through the unfamiliar town, spends the night with the box-office attendant of a movie theatre and commits a crinme. But instead of turning himself in or fleeing, Bloch goes to his ex-girlfriend’s place in the country and passively waits for the police to catch him.

As Wenders himself has stated, the visual idiom of Hitchcock’s films provided the model for his debut film. He adheres minutely to the thoroughly “cinematic” source, a novella by Peter Handke. With his cameraman Robby Müller and his editor Peter Przygodda - both of whom had already worked with him on his film thesis at the HFF (Munich University of Television and Film) - in THE GOALIE’S ANXIETY AT THE PENALTY KICK, Wenders set forth a collaboration that would weld this team together for years.

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Arthur Brauss, Kai Fischer, Erika Pluhar, Libgart Schwarz, Rüdiger Vogler, Marie Bardischewski


Director: Wim Wenders


Wim Wenders, based on the novel by Peter Handke


Peter Genée, Thomas Schamoni, Wim Wenders

Editor:  Peter Przygodda

Cinematographer:  Robby Müller



Jügen Knieper

Production Details

Country:  Germany / Austria

Year of Production:  1972

Language:  German


  • English

Duration:  103 minutes

Shooting gauge:  35mm



  • Drama
  • Thriller

DVD Release Date:  28th May 2018

Also available on Blu-Ray:  28th May 2018

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