Love and vampires abound in We Are the Night
by Bénédicte Prot
This week on German and Austrian screens, Constantin is launching the latest film by popular director Dennis Gansel (The Wave [+see also:
film profile]), We Are the Night, which ventures into several different genres at once: vampire film, love story and thriller.
Scripted by Jan Berger (Kebab Connection), the film revolves around Lena (Karoline Herfurth), a 20-year-old Berliner who steals to survive. Everything changes when she meets Louise (Nina Hoss), who runs an illegal club and turns out to be a vampire, along with her friends Charlotte (Jennifer Ulrich) and Nora (Anna Fischer).
Louise soon falls in love with Lena, makes her immortal and introduces her to the life of pleasure led by these seductive night creatures. But Lena feels increasingly guilty and an attractive police detective (Max Riemelt) investigates the deaths of victims of her new friends. We Are the Night was produced by Christian Becker for Munich-based Rat Pack Filmproduktion.
From today, Austrian audiences will also get the chance to discover Ben Stassen’s Belgian 3D animated film Sammy’s Adventures: The Secret Passage [+see also:
film profile] (distributed by EMW/Kinowelt); Joann Sfar’s French/US co-production Gainsbourg [+see also:
Interview with Joann Sfar, director of…
interview: Kacey Mottet Klein
film profile] (Filmladen); Sabine Gisinger and Beat Häner’s Swiss documentary Guru - Bhagwan, His Secretary & His Bodyguard (Polyfilm); and UK/US co-production Me and Orson Welles [+see also:
film profile] (Einhorn Film).
The other European releases on German screens since yesterday are many and varied. Besides Stassen’s 3D animated film (distributed by Kinowelt), the line-up includes Luca Guadagnino’s I Am Love [+see also:
interview: Luca Guadagnino - director
film profile] (MFA); Juan José Campanella’s Oscar-winning Spanish/Argentinean co-production The Secret In Their Eyes [+see also:
Interview Juan José Campanella [IT]
Interview Ricardo Darín [IT]
Interview Soledad Villemin [IT]
film profile] (Camino); Swiss documentary Sounds and Silence by Peter Guyer and Norbert Wiedmer (Arsenal); P.A. Straubinger’s Austrian documentary In the Beginning There Was Light (Movienet); and Ognjen Svilicic’s German/Croatian drama Armin (Arsenal Institut).
Finally, Central is distributing Munich-born director Wolfgang Panzer’s The Day of the Cat [+see also:
film profile], which explores the political intrigues at the pinnacle of the Swiss government, starring Bruno Ganz as the president (the "big cat" of the title), Ulrich Tukur, Marie Bäumer as first lady and Justus von Dohnanyi as press officer.
(Translated from French)
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