Mirco’s family is advised to go to a special school for Jason, his autistic son. Jason makes a pact to make every effort to stay in school if Mirco helps him find a favorite football club.

SCHLiNGEL international film festival for children and young audiences comes to the UAE. Organized by the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region in cooperation with The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi, German children and youth films and a program of short films will be presented to the young audiences of Abu Dhabi.

See the full festival lineup here.


Mirco travels a lot for work, while his wife Fatime organises their demanding family life. Their year-old son Jason is autistic and his everyday life consists of daily routines and fixed rules. When the family is advised to send Jason to a special school, Mirco is also challenged as a father. He makes a pact with his son: Jason promises to do his best at school if Mirco helps him find a favourite football club. However, Jason doesn‘t want to decide on a club until he has seen all 56 teams in the first, second and third German leagues live in their respective stadiums. He has very individual criteria – from mascots, sustainability and players‘ rituals to the colours of the football boots. On their extraordinary journeys through Germany, father and son leave their home routines behind and find everything they were never looking for but definitely needed.

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Marc Rothemund

Marc Rothemund began his career as an assistant for his father, the director Sigi Rothemund, and as an assistant director of Helmut Dietl, Bernd Eichinger, Dominik Graf and Gérard Corbiau. Marc‘s feature debut Love Scenes From Planet Earth | Das merkwürdige Verhalten geschlechtsreifer Großstädter zur Paarungszeit (1998) premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and won the Bavarian Film Award for best young director. He then went on to direct the teen comedy box-office hit Ants in the Pants | Harte Jung (2000). Marc’s international breakthrough came with Sophie Scholl – The Final Days (2005), which was awarded the Silver Bear for best director in the Berlin IFF official competition. The film also received a nomination at the 78th Academy Awards. Marc has continued this success in his career with his films achieving commercial and critical acclaim, including the titles My Blind Date with Life (2017) and This Crazy Heart | Dieses Bescheuerte Herz (2018). Weekend Rebels | Wochenendrebellen is his latest film.