About the Film
“The Keeper” tells the incredible true story of Bert Trautmann, a German soldier and prisoner of war who, against a backdrop of British post-war protest and prejudice, secures the position of Goalkeeper at Manchester City (UK), and in doing so becomes a footballing icon.
His signing causes outrage to thousands of fans, many of them Jewish. But Bert receives support from an unexpected direction: Rabbi Alexander Altmann, who fled the Nazis. Bert’s love for Margaret, an Englishwoman, carries him through and he wins over even his harshest opponents by winning the 1956 FA Cup Final, playing on with a broken neck to secure victory. But fate will soon twist the knife for Bert and Margaret, when their love and loyalty to each other is put to the ultimate test.
“The Keeper” is an extraordinary love story between a young English woman and a German prisoner of war, who together overcome prejudice, outrage and personal tragedy. Winner of 10 Audience Awards from Film Festivals around the Country. Recorded Q&A with Donna LeFont from Atlanta Film Society and director Marcus H. Rosenmüller, actors David Kross and Freya Mavor and Chris Green, a local soccer player in Atlanta who has a personal connection to the film.