Groupies and Mammuth in comedy-filled line-up
by Bénédicte Prot
16/09/2010 - Today, Walt Disney is launching on German and Austrian screens (through Buena Vista in the second case) the new film by Marc Rothemund (Sophie Scholl – The Final Days [trailer]), Groupies Bleiben Nicht Zum Frühstück [trailer] ("Groupies Don’t Stay for Breakfast"), which promises to be as entertaining as its title sounds.
This romantic comedy, produced by Munich-based Sam Film, centres on 17-year-old Lila, whose young dream comes true when she falls in love with a star and has her love reciprocated, without realising he is the singer of the most popular band of the moment. However, Lila’s romantic life turns out to be not so straightforward.
As of today, German audiences will also get the chance to discover the French comedy starring Gérard Depardieu which made festival-goers laugh so much at its competition screening at the Berlinale: Mammuth [trailer, film focus] by Benoit Delépine and Gustave de Kervern (see review). This rather picaresque, dada-style film centres on a decent chap with the appearance of a gruff bear who travels back through his past on a motorbike. Also featuring the phenomenal Yolande Moreau, the title is distributed by X Verleih.
Still in Germany, Stephen Burke’s German/Irish film Happy Ever Afters [trailer], starring Sally Hawkins, is being released by Senator. Here, celebrations get complicated when a party hall is double-booked for two weddings. The title was co-produced by German company Tatfilm.
This week’s line-up of new European releases is completed by Christian Bau and Artur Dieckhoff’s documentary Zwiebelfische (distributed by Die Thede), which looks at the artistic career of Jimmy Ernst (son of Max).
In both Austria and Germany, these films will have to compete for audiences with Paul W.S. Anderson’s 3D film Resident Evil: Afterlife, starring Milla Jovovich and distributed by Constantin.
(Translated from French)