Line-up spotlights debut films
Among the seven new releases to have hit screens yesterday are four European titles, including two German productions and one co-production.
NFP has launched young Swiss-born director Baran bo Odar’s debut feature The Silence [+see also:
film profile]. It follows his multiple award-winning short Quietsch and some equally lauded adverts.
This thriller, based on Jan Costin Wagner’s best-seller, is set in a delightful little provincial town where the unexpected murder of a little girl, in the same circumstances as another murdered child over 20 years ago, revives painful memories.
The police officers leading the investigation are played by Sebastian Blomberg (The Baader Meinhof Complex [+see also:
film profile]) and Burghart Klaußner (The White Ribbon [+see also:
interview: Michael Haneke
film profile]). The cast also includes Katrin Saß, Karoline Eichhorn, Ulrich Thomsen and Charly Hübner.
AV Visionen has launched another debut work, Distance [+see also:
film profile], written and directed by Thomas Sieben. The film, produced by Grand Hôtel Pictures, was presented in the German section at last year’s Berlinale.
It tells the story of a gardener, Daniel, whose psychopathic behaviour threatens the love affair he wants to have with Jana, played by Viennese actress Franziska Weisz (The Robber [+see also:
interview: Benjamin Heisenberg
Måns Herngren’s The Swimsuit Issue [+see also:
film profile], co-produced by Zentropa Berlin and Stockholm’s Fladen Film, centres on an unemployed father stuck in a midlife crisis. Meanwhile, his wife has gone to London to pursue her career, leaving their teenage daughter with him, and the future of his hockey team is uncertain.
The film recounts his attempt to put together the century’s first male synchronised swimming team, despite the fact its members know nothing about this activity. The Swimsuit Issue is distributed by Pandora.
Finally, Kinowelt is releasing Thomas Balmes’s eloquently-titled French documentary Babies, based on an idea by Alain Chabat.
(Translated from French)
Did you enjoy reading this article? Please subscribe to our newsletter to receive more stories like this directly in your inbox.