International launch of Fraktus in Berlin
- The German cult comedy is followed by a concert from a band that never existed
With his most recent film Fraktus - The Last Chapter of Music History the German director Lars Jessen (Am Tag als Bobby Ewing starb, Dorfpunks [+see also:
film profile]) has delivered a Spinal Tap-like comedy that was enthusiastically appreciated by critics and audiences. The hilarious satire about an unsuccessful music band was called "the funniest movie of the year" by Spiegel magazine and has been pre-selected for the German Film Award nominations.
Produced by Klaus Maeck and Fatih Akin with Corazón International, Fraktus features the comedy genius of Hamburg's Studio Braun and Devid Striesow in the leading roles. "Fraktus looks like a documentary but it is a feature film," according to Jessen, which reached various musicians such as Dieter Meier from Yello, Jan Delay and Stephan Remmler from the German band Trio for a comment. "It was amazing that so many musicians came on board right away," said producer Klaus Maeck. "The phenomenon of this film," adds comedian Heinz Strunk "is that this band that never existed, but is now actually touring all over the place."
After its theatrical release in Germany, the movie will be launched internationally in Berlin (February 8 at 11:30 at CinemaxX 1). The screening of Fraktus with its director and producer will be followed by a live concert of the band on February 14 at Astra Club. While the band keeps touring in Germany, the film will open in Switzerland on February 21.
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