The Wild Soccer Bunch 5 hits screens
by Bénédicte Prot
As of yesterday, audiences in Germany (distribution Walt Disney) and Austria (distribution Buena Vista) have been able to catch up with their favourite young footballers in The Wild Soccer Bunch 5 [+see also:
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The title is directed by Joachim Masannek, author of the children’s book series on which the films are based and whose fans currently run into the millions.
In The Wild Soccer Bunch 5 – which is produced once again by Ewa Karlström and Andreas Ulmke-Smeaton (of Munich-based company SamFilm) in collaboration with Buena Vista International Filmproduktion – the young heroes face dangers more terrifying then ever.
After defeating the "Beastly Beasts", the "Wolves of Ragnarok" and the "Silver Lights", they are obliged – in order to be reunited with their team captain Leon who suddenly disappears – to go beyond the horizon into the Shadow Realm, inhabited by vampires, and play a game of football that decides their friend’s fate.
This major release eclipses the rest of the line-up. The other European titles launched yesterday in Germany are more modest productions. These include German/Swiss documentary Dust (distributed by RealFiction), in which Hartmut Bitomsky analyses the titular matter from a philosophical perspective; Philippe Calderon’s French documentary The Besieged Fortress [+see also:
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As of today, Austrian viewers will have the chance to discover the German documentary Rubljovka – Road to Bliss (produced by Lichtfilm), in which Irene Langemann explores a place that has always attracted the Russian elite and is nowadays synonymous with Putin’s police state and unrestrained capitalism. The film – which won the "Der Standard" Reader Prize at the last Viennale and was released domestically in December 2007 – is distributed in Austria by Filmladen.
(Translated from French)
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