Counterfeiters arrive on screens
by Bénédicte Prot
Austrian/German co-productions have pride of place among the six new releases this week. First up is The Counterfeiters [+see also:
film profile] by Viennese director Stefan Ruzowitzky (Anatomy).
The Berlinale competition feature (see news) was produced by Nina Bohlmann and Babette Schröder for Hamburg outfit Magnolia Filmproduktion and by Austria's Josef Aichholzer, in collaboration with Studio Babelsberg, among others.
Based on the memoirs of Adolf Burger (played here by August Diehl), The Counterfeiters tells of the biggest ever scam by forgerers. In the last years of WWII, the Nazis demanded prisoners of the Sachsenhausen camp to forge millions of pounds sterling in order to weaken the economy of one of its Allies – the UK. The man responsible for the task was Salomon Sorowitsch (Karl Markovics), a Jew from Odessa and "counterfeit king", forced to trade his talent for survival.
International sales are being handled by Beta Film.
This week's other Austrian/German co-production is Pepe Danquart's documentary Am Limit [+see also:
film profile]. Produced by Hager Moss Film, Quinte Filmproduktion and Venice-based outfit Lotus Film, the film recounts the links between famous twin brothers Alexander and Thomas Huber, passionate mountain climbers who lead very different private lives but both place blind confidence in the most precipituous peaks of the world. The film is on release through Kinowelt.
Meanwhile, Delphi is releasing Hände weg von Mississippi [+see also:
film profile] (lit. "Hands Off Mississippi"), a children's film that marks the return of Detlev Buck (Tough Enough [+see also:
film profile]) to a tale of a calmer kind.
Adapted from the successful novel by renowned children's author Cornelia Funke (author of Die wilden Hühner, also adapted for the big screen), the film is about a young girl and her friends who do everything in their power to save a horse called Mississippi. Adult roles are played by Katharina Thalbach and Milan Peschel.
(Translated from French)
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