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Schweiger’s latest film is out

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- September’s last weekend promises to be one of the best of the year in German cinemas with the release of Til Schweiger’s latest film and a gaggle of other stars to watch

Schweiger’s latest film is out

This week, Sony Pictures has released That's My Boy, Wild Bunch has released Hope Springs, and Kinostar has even released horror film Evidence and Anglo-American co-production The Deep Blue Sea [+see also:
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with Rachel Weisz, but Warner has trumped them all with the year’s best offering so far: very popular director-actor Til Schweiger’s latest film. (His last comedy, Kokowääh [+see also:
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, was box office number one for five weeks and was German top of the box office for 2011 with over 4,315,000 admissions.)

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In his new film, Schutzengel [+see also:
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(lit. "Guardian angel"), the star plays a former special forces soldier, the solitary Max, who finds himself having to protect Nina, an orphaned 15-year-old girl who has witnessed a crime and trusts no one. The latter is played by his very own daughter Luna Schweiger (whereas in his previous film he acted opposite her little sister Emma). During the thrilling manhunt launched against them, as bodies start to pile up, Max and Nina become friends. This Barefoot Films production also features many other stars, including Moritz Bleibtreu, Karoline Herfurth, Hannah Herzsprung, and Rainer Bock.

Filmgalerie 451 has also released Jan Zabeil’s Der Fluss war einst ein Mensch [+see also:
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, a drama starring Alexander Fehling as a young traveller who sets off into the African wild on an Odyssey towards his own death (prod. : Rohfilm).

The week’s new programme also includes Mia Hansen-Løve’s French film Goodbye First Love [+see also:
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(distr. Peripher) and other local documentaries: Andreas Nickel’s Messner about climber Reinhold Messner (distr. Movienet), Arne Birkenstock’s Sound Of Heimat - Deutschland singt (3Rosen), Florian Opitz’s Speed - Auf der Suche nach der verlorenen Zeit (Camino Filmverleih), and a German-Swiss co-production by Alexander Kluge and Basil Gelpke, Mensch 2.0 (EYZ Media).

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(Translated from French)

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