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Foul tempers, heavy metal, windows and Grass

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The 11 new releases out today feature four German productions and a co-production. One title expected to draw attention is Impossibly Yours [+see also:
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by TV director Torsten C. Fischer, with the film nominated for two awards (Best Editing and Best Supporting Actress for Barbara Auer) at the Lolas in Berlin on May 4.

Impossibly Yours – produced by Heike Richter-Karst for Allmedia Film- und Fernseh and released through NFP – is based on Dieter Wellershoff’s novel Der Liebeswunsch. The film centres on a judge (Tobias Moretti) whose cold and pedantic character distances women from his life.

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Sung-Hyung Cho’s documentary Full Metal Village also grabs attention thanks to its 2007 Max Ophüls Prize and raging guitar riffs. Produced and distributed by Flying Moon, the film describes how a Schleswig Holstein village, Wacken, is transformed into a world heavy metal capital at the annual open air W:O:A festival.

Salzgeber is releasing a more peaceful documentary entitled Der Unbequeme – Der Dichter Günter Grass (lit. “The Ill at Ease: The Poet Günter Grass), in which Nadja Frenz and Sigrun Matthiesen question certain choices made by the Nobel Prize winning writer who confessed that he was part of the Waffen-SS.

Meanwhile, missingFilms is releasing Christian Moris Müller’s drama Four Windows, a film about the secret desires of four members of a close-knit family living in Berlin. The Munich-based Schlicht und ergreifend Filmproduktion and Silberfilm co-production won the Saarbrucken Filmhaus Award in 2006.

Susanne Messmer and George Lindt’s Chinese/German documentary Beijing Bubbles on Beijing’s punk and rock counterculture opens through Kloos & Co. Medien (Salzgeber).

Three European titles open this week. First up, Austrian/Swiss comedy Slumming [+see also:
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, on release through Alpha Medienkontor, in which specialist documentary filmmaker Michael Glawogger (Workingman's Death) depicts (with co-scriptwriter Barbara Albert) the tribulations of two yuppies (August Diehl and Michael Ostowski); followed by Danny Boyle’s UK hit title Sunshine [+see also:
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(see Focus) (dist. Fox) and Jocelyne Saab’s French/Lebanese/Egyptian co-production Dunia (dist. Kairos).

(Translated from French)

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