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RELEASES Germany

Red carpet roll-out for The White Ribbon

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Red carpet roll-out for The White Ribbon

The German release of the week is unquestionably Michael Haneke’s European co-production The White Ribbon [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Michael Haneke
film profile
]
, which, after its well-deserved Cannes Palme d'Or, was also chosen to represent Germany in the nomination race for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

In this superb black-and-white rural thriller, the Austrian master explores all the different shades of evil in adult characters (played by Ulrich Tukur, Josef Bierbichler and Susanne Lothar) and children. It is being launched today by X Verleih.

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Two entirely German productions are also hitting screens. Christoph Röhl’s debut feature A Piece Of Me, which won an award at the latest Max Ophüls Festival, is being released by defa-spektrum.

Produced by Cologne-based Tatfilm (who were also behind Michael Glawogger’s recent Kill Daddy Good Night [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
), the film centres on a 17-year-old boy who becomes a father.

Meanwhile, Wolfgang GroosHangtime, produced by Little Shark Entertainment, tells the story of a young man who is encouraged by his older brother to pursue a career in basketball. The film is distributed by 3L.

MFA is launching Ilmar Raag’s Estonian film The Class [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, in which the school punch-bag and the friend who tries to defend him deal with the escalating violence among all the other pupils.

RealFiction is releasing Mika Kaurismäki’s German/Swiss/Finnish musical documentary Sonic Mirror.

Finally, the line-up also includes Spanish/US co-production My Big Fat Greek Summer (distributed by Splendid); and UK director Sam Mendes’ UK/US co-production Away We Go [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
(distributed by Tobis).

(Translated from French)

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