A mockumentary of Georg Nonnenmacher, Ingo Haeb and Karin Berghammer | 90 min | 2022 | D/A


Who is the best German footballer of all time? Beckenbauer, Netzer, Seeler, Matthäus? One of these misunderstood geniuses like Brinkmann, Wuttke or Scholl? Or is it one of the world championship eleven from 2014?

The answer of many experts is surprising: Rudi Varda! - RUDI WHO? RUDI VARDA! The list of celebrity fans who adore him to this day is long, but Varda has found no place in the halls of fame. Because he never wanted to know anything about discipline, fighting spirit and tactics. And so his name is rather associated with numerous curious anecdotes and small and large scandals in football history in the late 1970s and early 1980s, rather than titles and trophies. The highly talented ball artist eventually became a forrest gump of German and European football. After several unsuccessful attempts in the Bundesliga, a daring excursion to the GDR, stops in Austria and countless escapades, Rudi Varda disappeared from the scene - misunderstood and offended - without a trace. On the occasion of the 2006 World Cup, Rudi's brother Ferdi received an unexpected visit from Brazil and learned that his brother apparently started a second and thoroughly successful career in Brazil in the mid-1980s under the stage name “Diamante”. Can it really be that Rudi Varda got off to a real start again in the true motherland of football, of all places? And if so, where is Rudi today?

DIAMANTE is the moving story of a re-awakening brotherly love and a nostalgic plea for football as a playful art form that goes beyond the pressure to achieve results and commerce.


Screenplay: Georg Nonnenmacher, Ingo Haeb, Ines Häufler

Director: Georg Nonnenmacher, Ingo Haeb, Karin Berghammer

Camera: Olaf Hirschberg

Sound: Matthias Haeb, Johannes Winkler

Editing: Oliver Held

Co-producers: Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu, Bady Minck

Commissioning editor: Frank Tönsmann, WDR /Andreas Schreitmüller, ARTE


In co-production with Amour Fou Vienna and WDR, in collaboration with ARTE.

Production funded by the Film- and Medienstiftung NRW, RTR, Filmfonds Wien.

Development supportet by the FFA.