A Golden Bear and plenty of suspense
- Following in the wake of Berlin winner Barbara, Dennis Gansel's latest film, The Fourth State and psychological drama Schilf - Alles, was denkbar ist, existiert are also making their screen debut
Cinemas outside Germany have welcomed the favourite at the latest Berlin Film Festival and winner of the Silver Bear, Barbara [+see also:
interview: Christian Petzold
film profile], by Christian Petzold. This subtle psychological story, in which Nina Hoss (photo) plays a doctor from the GDR who tries to escape to the West, is distributed by Piffl Medien.
Also to be reckoned with is Universal, which is launching Dennis Gansel's latest film, Die vierte Macht [+see also:
film profile]. The screenplay for the UFA Cinema production, written by the director, tells the story of how a journalist from Berlin (Moritz Bleibtreu) goes to work in Moscow, falls in love with a mysterious woman and finds himself involved in a dangerous political plot, with bombs and prison to top it all off. The film also stars Max Riemelt (seen in The Wave [+see also:
film profile]) and Stipe Erceg (The Edukators, The Baader Meinhof Complex [+see also:
Erceg also gives Mark Waschke (Hoss' West German lover in Barbara) a part in Schilf - Alles, was denkbar ist, existiert [+see also:
film profile], first feature film by Claudia Lehmann produced by X Filme Creative Pool and distributed by X Verleih. This troubling psychological drama adapted from a novel by Juli Zeh, brings together two old physicist friends on the theory of parallel universes following the kidnapping of one of their friends (as indicated by the German subtitle, which literally means "all that is thinkable exists").
Also among ten new films to come out today, is the title screened at the latest Berlin Panorama, Mommy is Coming by Cheryl Dunye, an exuberant exploration of feminine sexuality with hints of Berlin's GLBT. This Jürgen Brüning Filmproduktion production is distributed by Gmfilms.
Europe is also represented by the German documentary about a young millionaire, Versicherungsvertreter - Die erstaunliche Karriere des Mehmet Göker by Klaus Stern (distr. Real Fiction) and the Euro-South-African production Beauté [+see also:
film profile] by Oliver Hermanus (see the review), distr. Pro-Fun).
(Translated from French)
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