Deception, Casanova-like writers and mountain villages
by Bénédicte Prot
Among the ten new releases hitting German theatres today are six German (co-)productions.
These include Alexander Adolph’s So Glücklich War Ich Noch Nie [+see also:
film profile], a sophisticated story of love and deception (released by Kinowelt). This is the screenwriter-director’s debut narrative feature following his documentary Die Hochstapler (about four impostors).
Produced by Berlin-based Eikon Media, the film stars Devid Striesow as a reformed crook in love with a prostitute (Nadja Uhl) and finds himself caught up in her feverish role-playing, losing his sense of reality.
Meanwhile, established filmmaker Jan Schütte is releasing his seventh feature, Love Comes Lately [+see also:
film profile], which he describes as a "literary road movie". It centres on an aging Jewish writer (Otto Tausig) whose vague desires as a still-attractive Casanova figure are continually thwarted by his partner, to the point where he ends up seeing himself as a victim of women rather than a ladykiller.
Selected at the Toronto and Sundance festivals, Love Comes Lately was produced by Cologne’s Zero West Filmproduktion and Berlin’s Zero Fiction Film in co-production with Austrian company Dor Film. The title is distributed by 3Rosen.
Zorro is launching the docufiction-style comedy Die Ludolfs - Der Film [+see also:
film profile], on four endearing, mountain-dwelling brothers and their extraordinary family business specialising in car parts. Directed by Stefan Vaupel, Tobias Streck and Matthias Benzing, the film was produced by Munich-based Preview Production.
Meanwhile, Sabotakt is hoping for success with Tarek Ehlail’s musical film Chaostage: We are Punks!.
Cinemagoers will be delighted to discover Aida Begic’s Snow [+see also:
film profile], which is set in a Bosnian village destroyed by the war, where a handful of inhabitants continue to survive and which two Serbians want to buy out. This French/German/Bosnian co-production is distributed by Mîtosfilm.
Rekord-Film is re-releasing Eugen Schuhmacher’s 1966 West German animal documentary Alaska - Wildnis am Rande der Welt.
(Translated from French)
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