Go for Zucker!



The former East German sports reporter, Jaecki Zucker, is the consummate loser. With his marriage on the rocks, his children not speaking to him, and his business in financial ruins, there is only one thing this disillusioned Jew has going for him-billiards. However, as fate would have it, on the very weekend he can win the European Pool Championship and get out of debt for good, he is forced to bury his very orthodox mother. To make matters worse, the conditions of her testament not only stipulate Zucker reconciling with his estranged brother, but for his entire family to observe the conventions of “kosher life”, if the lovable loser hopes to claim his share of the inheritance.

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Production company

X Filme Creative Pool


Manuela Stehr


WDR: Barbara Buhl

BR: Bettina Ricklefs

ARTE: Andreas Schreitmüller

  • Dani Levy
  • Holger Franke
Director of photography

Charly F. Koschnick


Arno Wilms

Elmar Wilms

Re-recording mixer

Hubert Bartholomae

Production design

Risa Kes

Costume design

Christian M. Goldbeck

Hair and Make-Up

Sabine Lidl

Sabine Hehne


Elena Bromun


Niki Reiser

Casting by

Risa Kes

  • Henry Hübchen
  • Hannelore Elsner
  • Udo Samel
  • Golda Tencer
  • Steffen Groth
  • Anja Franke
  • Sebastian Blomberg
  • Elena Uhlig, Rolf Hoppe
  • Inga Busch
  • Renate Krössner