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Five impressive European (co-)productions hit screens

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Five impressive European (co-)productions hit screens

A modest line-up of six new releases is hitting German theatres this week, including five impressive European co-productions.

Among them is UK director Danny Boyle’s multiple Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire [+see also:
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(distributed by Prokino).

Another UK director known for his dynamic style and fast-paced stories is set to win over audiences. Warner is launching Guy Ritchie’s new film, Rock'N'Rolla [+see also:
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, which once again humorously depicts the London underworld, from the big-shot gangsters to the young hoodlums.

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These two enticing titles have serious (but not too serious!) competition from German release Männersache, in which local comic superstar Mario Barth makes his big-screen debut. The film – directed by renowned DoP Gernot Roll (who recently worked on the mega-production Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family [+see also:
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) and featuring Jürgen Vogel in a supporting role – centres on an aspiring comic whose one-man show only enjoys success when he starts to poke fun at his friends.

Produced by Berlin’s Moovie - the art of entertainment, Männersache is being launched by leading distributor Constantin.

For younger viewers, Walt Disney is releasing the second instalment of the "three investigators" adventures: The Three Investigators and the Secret of Terror Castle by Florian Baxmeyer (nominated for the 2004 Best Short Film Oscar). The director also helmed the film’s predecessor, The Three Investigators and the Secret of Skeleton Island, which was set in South Africa and whose popular success amply rewarded Studio Hamburg Produktion for the difficult negotiations in trying to acquire the rights to the old cult series of US novels.

In this second adaptation of the series, the three amateur detectives of the title – Justus, Peter and Bob – investigate the clues left by Justus’ deceased parents and set off for California.

Finally, this limited but commercially promising line-up is completed by Turkish director Nury Bilge Ceylan’s auteur film Three Monkeys [+see also:
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, which won Best Director at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. This family drama about lies and omission – co-produced by Turkey, Greece and Bulgaria – is being released by Arsenal.

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(Translated from French)

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