In 1954 the Germans won the World Cup in Bern, the miracle of the title. Miraculous because the nation was still recovering from WWII and the Nazi legacy, trying to rebuild a devastated country and economy. In a mining town in the Ruhr valley, the Lubanski family is no different. With father still a P.O.W. in the USSR, the struggling family is building a new life. When papa finally returns his severity is alienating, especially for football-mad youngest son Matthias, mascot to local footie legend Helmut Rahn. When Rahn is selected for the national team, Matthias is desperate to go to Bern in support. This emotional family drama was a huge hit in Germany and has scored big with audiences at international festivals.