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German cinema holds its own

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While Concorde, Warner, Central, Walt Disney and Sony Pictures are starting to release American blockbusters for the festive period, German films are not outdone, with eight (co-)productions hitting screens today.

Senator is launching Nothing But Ghosts [+see also:
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, Martin Gypkens’s second feature (following the acclaimed We, made in 2003). The film, starring August Diehl, is divided into five parts set in different locations around the world, from Iceland to Nevada, and traces the changing and contradictory perceptions of its thirty year-old characters, in a slightly ironic way, as they start to see themselves and the world around them in a new light.

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Produced by Andreas Eicher for Nox! Film, the film was screened in the Piazza Grande at this year's Locarno Film Festival.

Kinowelt is releasing another festival favourite, Sonja Heiß’s Hotel Very Welcome (see interview), produced by Munich-based Komplizen Film, which also explores the psychological and physical journey of its various characters (five tourists in Asia).

Leander Haußmann’s Warum Männer nicht zuhören und Frauen schlecht einparken ("Why Men Don’t Listen and Women Don’t Know How to Wander From the Point"), a comedy starring Benno Fürmann and Jessica Schwarz, produced and distributed by Constantin, questions the degree to which the modern couple has evolved.

For its part, Arsenal is distributing the drama The Man from the Embassy, in which Dito Tsintsadze looks at the suspicions aroused when a diplomat strikes up a friendship with a young female refugee. Produced by Tatfilm Produktion, the film won Best Screenplay at Mar del Plata and Burghart Klaußner was awarded the Silver Leopard for Best Actor (Locarno 2006) for his role.

Movienet releases the Kosovo war film Mörderischer Frieden by Rudolf Schweiger, starring former Shooting Star Max Riemelt (Before the Fall) and Susanne Bormann (Counterparts [+see also:
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), while Freunde d. dt. Kinemathek is distributing Ausgerechnet Bulgarien, by Christo Bakalski, a documentary about the writer Angelika Schrobsdorff.

Two German co-productions are also hitting screens: Leaps and Bounds [+see also:
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by Norwegian director Petter Næss (distributed by Farbfilm), co-produced by Sweden and Norway; and In the Name of the King - A Dungeon Siege Tale by Uwe Boll (distributed by Fox), co-produced by Canada and the US.

Two European titles complete the line-up: Swiss documentary Bruno Manser - Laki Penan by Christoph Kühn (distributed by Kool) and Hungarian animated film The District by Áron Gauder (distributed by Alpha Medienkontor).

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(Translated from French)

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