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RELEASES Germany

Mercy, Asterix, cannibals, and sushi

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- All this out in Germany this week, as well as Kaya Yanar’s first comedy and a feature directed by Nicolaj Arcel between writing the screenplay for Millenium and his excellent A Royal Affair

Mercy, Asterix, cannibals, and sushi

German cinema-goers are spoilt for choice with all the new titles released yesterday. For the local general public, whereas Warner continues to offer Til Schweiger and Marc Rothemund’s latest films, Constantin is distributing a title that marks popular comedian Kaya Yanar’s first steps on the silver screen: Michael Karen’s Agent Ranjid rettet die Welt [+see also:
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, a spy film parody produced by Christian Becker for Westside Filmproduktion.

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Those who like comedies can also discover the latest instalment in Asterix’ adventures, Laurent Tirard’s Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia [+see also:
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starring Gérard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve (distr. Concorde), as well as Carsten Fiebeler’s charming Sushi in Suhl [+see also:
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in which a chef tries to open a Japanese restaurant in the GDR (distr. Movienet).

For the more serious cinephiles, after several months of waiting (the film competed at the Berlinale last February), Matthias Glasner (The Free Will) has finally released his Mercy [+see also:
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(photo), a magnificent journey into the harshness of a Norwegian polar night in a story of burying guilt after which the sun re-appears on the horizon. This title featuring the famous Jürgen Vogel and Austrian actress Birgit Minichmayr (who won a Silver Bear in 2009 for her performance in Everyone Else [+see also:
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) is distributed by Alamode.

Two genre films are also out. Zsolt Bács’s local thriller Das Kind [+see also:
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, adapted from the bestseller by Sebastian Fitzek, tells of how a lawyer requested by a ten-year-old child claiming to be a murderer becomes involved in a case full of dead bodies. This co-production between Braindogs Entertainment and Das Kind Filmproduktion is distributed by Drei Freunde. As for production and distribution company Mondaymovies, it is offering a horror film, Frank W. Montag’s Cannibal Diner in which the victims are top models.

Camino has released another European title, the film that Danish filmmaker Nicolaj Arcel directed after writing the screenplay for Millenium [+see also:
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and before directing Berlinale two-time laureate A Royal Affair [+see also:
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interview: Mikkel Boe Følsgaard
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. Truth About Men [+see also:
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(2010) is a comedy in which a frustrated man in his thirties played by Thure Lindhardt starts his life again from scratch. Finally, Prokino is offering the German public the chance to see Ken Loach’s Cannes winner The Angels’ Share [+see also:
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(Translated from French)

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