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MarketDecember 17, 2012 AgentDaniel Cohan, Jeff Gorin (WME) ManagerBrian Lutz (Brian Lutz Management) ProductionRoth Films
The true story of Matthias Sindelar, the Austrian footballer voted as the Sportsman of the Century and killed by Hitler’s Nazi party.
Matthias Sindelar overcomes disability to become Austrias greatest footballer. He thrives on the pitch by avoiding contact, but is murdered by the Nazis after avoiding contact is no longer a moral option.
Invictus, Defiance, The Pianist, Miracle, The Inglourious Basterds, Schindler's List, X-Men: First Class, The Diary of Anne Frank
1933-1939, with a flashback to 30 years prior.
80% 1933-1939 Austria. Some trips to Germany, England and Rome. Specific locations: The Hofburg Palace, the Prater Stadion, the Vienna Opera House, Stamford Bridge Stadium in England, Victoria Train station, outside the Colosseum, and the Stadio Nazionale in Rome. Some scenes take place in a train, cars, and wooded areas. Riot and game scenes require hundreds of fans, activists, Nazi soldiers.
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APRIL 3, 1938 VIENNA. A gas trap is set up in an apartment with all exits sealed.
1933, VIENNA. MATTHIAS SINDELAR (33), a lithe and fit football star of the Austrian national Wunderteam is adored by fans as the “Paper Man” and his billboards dominate. Sindelar and the Wunderteam play beautifully and musically. When the viscous Italian team re-injures Sindelar’s knee, he continues playing despite the pleas of COACH MEISL (50's), Jewish head coach. In a bordello, Sindelar gets morphine shots into his chronically injured knee. Austria’s CHANCELLOR DOLLFUSS (Older Adult), diminutive but covered in medals, asks Sindelar to campaign for a united Austria in face of Hitler’s separatism. Sindelar is skeptical of Germany invasion and asks to be paid. Sindelar takes CAMILLA (20s), raven-haired opera diva, on a date to Café Leopold. Camilla tells him how she escaped Mussolini’s militarization of the arts, but her husband was not so lucky. In England, after the better-positioned Sindelar gets another pass, the second-best forward, HAHNEMANN (Late 20s), Aryan-leaning and spiteful, openly envies Sindelar and attacks solo - against Wunderteam strategy and losing the game. JAMES GIBSON (Older Adult), the owner of Manchester United, offers Sindelman immense wealth to play for MU. When...
"The Paper Man" is impacting in depicting true events in Austria during Hitler's Nazi takeover. As a result, the characters and dialogue are engaging and relatable in their realism pertaining to the true events. Role reversals and montages maintain mystery, suspense, and an ideal pacing. Overall, "The Paper Man" is marketable and well-written with only a few simple spelling errors....
Infamous Austrian soccer player, Mathias Sindelar finds himself at a loss when he is asked to lose a game in exchange for the life of his Jewish team mates. He chooses to fight for his team and endeavors to encourage the dispirited people of Austria to take a stand against Adolf Hitlers seize. The script highlights a time in history when the Nazi began invading Austria. The structure is a coherent whole leading from the beginning to the end in a logical fashion. The characters are well developed and differentiated. The dialogue enhances the characters and their struggle. The conflict is well presented allowing appropriate periods of tension and release....
A moving story based on true events, "The Paper Man" is a powerful imagining of one mans passionate reaction to the hostile Nazis takeover of his beloved country, Austria. The strongest part of this pre-WWII tale is the protagonist, Matthias Sindelar, the football star who transitions from vapid celebrity to true hero and emblem of strength for his countrymen. As part of this transition, Sindelar falls in love for the first time, with a strong-willed and defiant Italian Opera singer, Camilla, who finds asylum in Austria after rebuking Mussolini. Camilla pushes Sindelar to make sacrifices and stand up to the Germans in situations where he would usually avoid confrontation. Her love and persuasion facilitates his conversion to hero....
Based on his biography, “The Paper Man” is the dramatic story of Matthias Sindelar, who overcomes poverty (81.9) and a debilitating childhood knee injury (83.7) to become Austrias greatest footballer. Thriving in chaos and avoiding confrontation on the field (5.6), he tries to avoid confrontations with the Nazi invasion (57.6) but is ultimately destroyed by the chaos of Nazi rule (107.1). Sindelars on-the-pitch rivalry with a second-star, Aryan-leaning forward, Hahnemann (26.1), and his romance with a beautiful, Mussolini-refugee opera star, Camilla (19.1), add personal depth to the story. This combination of a Holocaust story and that of an athletic triumph and downfall is edge-of-the-seat engaging and original. If executed well, it has a decent shot at major award nominations....