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Night Train to Lisbon | Review

13 December 2013 4:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Ride on Time: August and Another Puerile Adaptation

It’s evident that Danish director Bille August favors helming adaptations of challenging novels, though the end result isn’t always praiseworthy, such as his infamous 1993 adaptation of Isabel Allende’s House of the Spirits, which rankled many for its brazen casting of white actors in expressly Latin source material (though this was only one of many issues in the film). August returns with a cast of many international colors for an adaptation of Pascal Mercier’s novel, Night Train to Lisbon, and the result is a gratingly stilted endeavor, a muddled miasma of vapid, historical based intrigue that dilutes its own specific political angles with its pan-European blandness.

Raimond Gregarius (Jeremy Irons) lives a dull existence as a classical studies teacher in Bern, Switzerland. One dismal day on his way to work, he saves a young woman (Sarah Buhlmann) about to jump off a bridge. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Review: Old-Fashioned, Deeply Unadventurous 'Night Train To Lisbon' Starring Jeremy Irons, Melanie Laurent & More

7 December 2013 8:04 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

In the very finest tradition of Euro-pudding, director Bille August's "Night Train To Lisbon" adapts an international bestselling book, takes place against the picturesque backdrop of a European capital, is half-told in flashback through a turbulent and dramatic period of history, and stacks the cast with notable European thesps. These include: Jeremy Irons, Jack Huston, Charlotte Rampling, Christopher Lee, Tom Courtenay representing the U.K.; from Germany, Martina Gedeck and August Diehl; Bruno Ganz of Switzerland; Lena Olin of Sweden; and Mélanie Laurent from France. However, bar Irons, this Babel tower of actors all play Portuguese nationals, and so while the films is told through English, they all speak with Portuguese accents. Irons, however, plays Swiss, which obviously means he employs his usual mellifluous British tones. A little silly though all this is, it's not actually particularly injurious to our understanding of the story, but it does give you an idea of the messiness. »

- Jessica Kiang

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Behind the Scenes of Russia's Oscar Entry 'Stalingrad,' Plus Early Reviews (Trailer)

11 November 2013 8:37 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

While Russia and Hollywood both want a piece of the other's box office pie, they are more likely to come out ahead by working together on big commercial projects than emerging indie pictures. One good example is rising actor-director Fedor Bondarchuk's $30 million "Stalingrad," which is Russia's official Oscar entry this year, and the country's first film produced entirely in 3-D.What does it have going for it? Well, it's a 3-D epic romance set against a famous and pivotal World War II battle between the Russians and the Germans. August Diehl ("Inglourious Basterds") and Thomas Kretschmann ("Resident Evil") lead the international cast.While in St. Petersburg in summer 2012 thanks to Russian sales agency Roskino, I got to tour to a wet and muddy movie set commandeered by Bondarchuk, who had starred in two of the Roskino selection, the commercial comedy "Spy" and the romance "Two Days." Charismatic and well-muscled, »

- Anne Thompson

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German Currents: Festival of German Films

4 October 2013 7:15 AM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Hosted at one of Hollywood's most iconic venues, The Egyptian Theater, the German Currents Film Festivals brings to Los Angeles an outstanding selection of new cinematic works screening here for the first time. Now in its 7th edition this annual celebration of German-Language is co-presented by the Goethe Institut Los Angeles and the American Cinematheque, in cooperation with Austrian Consulate General and the Consulate General of Switzerland; with support of German Films, Deutsche Welle (Dw), The Friends of Goethe and Elma.

The festival includes narrative feature, documentaries, shorts, and family-friendly films that form part of the 4 day celebration from October 4th-7th. One of the highlights of the program is More Than Honey, which was recently chosen as the Swiss entry for the Foreign Language Academy Award, read more Here, which will be closing the festival on Monday night.

To discuss the film and interact with La audiences some of the filmmakers will also be in attendance:

Rayna Campbell - lead actress, Layla Fourie (North American Premiere)

Matt Sweetwood - director, Beerland (La Premiere)

Jan Ole Gerster - director, Oh Boy

Ennis Rotthoff - composer, Measuring The World (Us Premiere)

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For tickets and information about the Egyptian Theater click Here

Gala Opening Night - Us Premiere

Friday, October 4, At 7:30 Pm Egyptian Theatre

Measuring The World (Die Vermessung Der Welt)

Directed by Detlev Buck

Two of the greatest minds of the 19th century, mathematician Carl Friederich Gauss (Florian David Fritz) and scientist Alexander von Humboldt (Albrecht Abraham Schuch), dedicate their studies to measuring and comprehending the world they live in. Based on Daniel Kehlmann's best-selling novel of the same name, this visually stunning epic is a playful re-imagining of the great men’s lives. Humboldt, a man with a passion for global exploration, is contrasted with Gauss, a man who experiences his world through mathematical theories and figures. Humboldt, aided by his colleague, Aimé Bonpland, travels the globe physically engaging the world he wishes to understand, applying modern, scientific thinking to comparatively unknown regions. Though he remains in the same destitute community for much of his life, Gauss’ interior journey of mathematical discovery proves to be just as rich and visually stunning as Humboldt’s adventures in remote areas of the world. Fact and fiction are mixed, often to humorous effect, to chronicle the findings of two very different men who nevertheless sought the same answers. Measuring The World was nominated for two German Film Awards in 2013, and the film has won Best Costume Design and Best Make-up Design awards at the 2013 Austrian Film Awards.

In Person: Composer Enis Rotthoff

Germany / Austria (2012), 123 min. In German, French, Spanish with English Subtitles

Saturday, October 5, At 7:30 Pm Egyptian Theatre

Double Feature

Oh Boy

Directed by Jan Ole Gerster

Jan Ole Gerster's wry and vibrant feature debut Oh Boy, which swept the 2013 German Film Awards, paints a day in the life of Niko, a twenty-something college dropout going nowhere fast. Niko lives for the moment as he drifts through the streets of Berlin, curiously observing everyone around him and oblivious to his growing status as an outsider. Then on one fateful day, through a series of absurdly amusing encounters, everything changes: his girlfriend rebuffs him, his father cuts off his allowance, and a strange psychiatrist dubiously confirms his 'emotional imbalance'. Meanwhile, a former classmate insists she bears no hard feelings toward him for his grade-school taunts when she was “Roly Poly Julia,” but it becomes increasingly apparent that she has unfinished business with him. Unable to ignore the consequences of his passivity any longer, Niko finally concludes that he has to engage with life. Shot in timeless black and white and enriched with a snappy jazz soundtrack, this slacker dramedy is a love letter to Berlin and the Generation Y experience.

In Person: Director Jan Ole Gerster

Germany (2012), 85 min. In German with English subtitles

Us Distributor: Music Box Films

Saturday, October 5 At 9:30 Pm Egyptian Theatre

Double Feature - L.A. Premiere

Beerland

Directed by Matt Sweetwood

Matt Sweetwood hails from the Midwest. Though he has lived in Germany for over ten years, the people and their culture remain a mystery to him. He undertakes a last-ditch attempt to figure the place out: by exploring the heart of German culture, their beer. If he delves into their rites and rituals, explores all the contradictions and stereotypes, will that make him, finally, a part of them? The infinite variety of beers, breweries and beer fests, the age-old history of beer, is more overwhelming than the American ever imagined. The trail of his research leads him to places far off the beaten tourist path, light-years away from the Oktoberfest. He encounters people whose dialect he barely understands. Amazingly, he finds that a country as small a Germany is subdivided into a thousand different tongues and customs, with beer as the common thread. He discovers a land full of oddities and contradictions. The Germans are deathly serious and silly at the same time, tradition-bound and weirdly visionary. Ultimately, he forms a real bond with them, finding friends where he least expected them.

In Person: Director Matt Sweetwood

Germany (2012), 85 min. In German and English with English Subtitles

Kindermatinee

Sunday, October 6 - 2:00 Pm Egyptian Theatre

The Adventures of Huck Finn (Die Abenteuer Des Huck Finn)

Directed by Hermine Huntgeburth

A lively German language adaptation of Mark Twain’s classic satire. Huck Finn, having found treasure with his best friend Tom Sawyer, is now chafing in the shoes and starched shirts that come with his new wealthy lifestyle. He’d like nothing more than to kick off his shoes and run wild along the river. He gets his chance when his drunken father (August Diehl) arrives and demands a share of Huck’s money. Huck decides to escape downriver and he brings along Jim, the house slave who has recently discovered that he will be handed over to a slave trader. The two travel the Mississippi River on a makeshift raft, hoping to outrun Huck’s violent father and find a place where Jim can be accepted as a free man. Twain’s timeless adventure is exuberantly brought to the screen in a film that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Germany (2012), 101 min. In German with English Subtitles

Film Workshops

Sunday, October 6 - 1:00 - 1:50 Pm & 4:00 - 4:50 Pm

Join the Echo Park Film Center for an afternoon of cinematic exploration and education with the Epfc "Filmcicle" in the courtyard of the Egyptian Theatre. The "Filmcicle" is a bicycle powered cinema and school on 3 wheels. Using traditional analog motion picture film we encourage audience members - young and old - to spend some time with us creating cinematic wonder.

www.echoparkfilmcenter.org

Sunday, October 6 At 5:00 Pm Egyptian Theatre

Double Feature - Us Premiere

Gold 

Directed by Thomas Arslan; starring Nina Hoss

Official selection (competition) at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival, Gold is a Western about seven German immigrants who set out in search of gold in the backwoods of British Columbia during the Klondike Gold Rush in 1898. Each have their motives: an older couple seeking security, a father (Lars Rudolph) hoping to help his impoverished family, an unpleasant newspaperman (Uwe Bohm) chronicling the journey, and a mysterious packer (Marko Mandic) with a past to outrun. The last to join is Emily Mayer (Nina Hoss), a metropolitan woman whose delicate demeanor masks a steely determination to survive. Assembled by a deceptively confident businessman of questionable motives, the settlers must travel through a relatively uncharted stretch of Canadian wilderness to reach their goal, the gold fields of Dawson. As the path grows more treacherous, betrayals come to light and desperate choices are made. Following in the footsteps of McCabe and Mrs. Miller and Meek’s Cutoff, Gold is an epic that offers an unconventional take on the well-worn Western genre.

Germany (2013), 101 min. In German with English Subtitles

Sunday, October 6, At 7:00 Pm Egyptian Theatre

Double Feature - North American Premiere

Layla Fourie

Directed by Pia Marais

Winner of the Jury Special Mention at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival, Layla Frourie is a film about Layla, who is a single mother living with her son in Johannesburg and getting by with casual work. After training as a polygraph operator she manages to secure a job with a company specialising in lie detectors and security. On her way to her new workplace she is involved in an accident which will fundamentally change her life. Layla becomes entangled in a web of lies and deceit. The truth could lead to the loss of her son. 
For her third feature film Pia Marais - who has lived in Berlin for many years - returned to South Africa where she grew up to make this classic thriller. She uses the genre to take a look at a country which still bears the scars of apartheid. In this way, everyday life in South Africa enhances the tension in the screenplay which she co-wrote with Horst Markgraf. Almost casually, Layla Fourie develops into a political thriller which takes the audience into the paranoia, fear and mistrust of a society that is still profoundly affected by racial conflict.

Germany (2013), 108 min. In English

In Person: lead actress Rayna Campbell

Monday, October 7 At 7:30 Pm Egyptian Theatre

Double Feature - L.A. Premiere

The Shine of the Day (Der Glanz Des Tages)

Directed by Tizza Covi & Rainer Frimmel

Philip (Philip Hochmair) is is a young and successful actor working for the most important theatres in Vienna and Hamburg with a committed and single-minded approach to his craft. During a season in which he is busy with a production of Buchner’s Woyzeck, Philip is visited by the elderly Walter (Walter Saabel), who introduces himself as the uncle he’s never met. Walter is a former circus artist and the two men soon bond over stories of their careers. These two entertainers, both at different stages in their lives, learn from each other’s experiences. As his conversations with Walter grow more philosophical, Philip slowly emerges from his once isolated lifestyle. He is even inspired to enlist Walter’s assistance in helping a Moldavian neighbor with an immigration issue. The actors, though not related, essentially play themselves and the largely improvised script was developed around their personal experiences. The result is a rare onscreen friendship that feels warm and sincere. Co-directors Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel draw on their documentary filmmaking background to create a naturalistic atmosphere in which these performances can flourish.

Austria (2012), 101 min. In German with English Subtitles

Monday, October 7 At 9:15 Pm Egyptian Theatre

Double Feature

More Than Honey 

Directed by Markus Imhoof

Winner of multiple awards, including 2013 German Film Award (Lola) for Best Documentary film, More Than Honey, directed by Oscar-nominated director Markus Imhoof (The Boat Is Full) tackles the vexing issue of why bees, worldwide, are facing extinction. With the tenacity of a man out to solve a world-class mystery, he investigates this global phenomenon, from California to Switzerland, China and Australia. Exquisite macro-photography of the bees (reminiscent of Microcosmos) in flight and in their hives reveals a fascinating, complex world in crisis. Writes Eric Kohn in Indiewire: "Imhoof captures the breeding of queen bees in minute detail, ventures to a laboratory to witness a bee brainscan, and discovers the dangerous prospects of a hive facing the infection of mites. In this latter case, the camera's magnifying power renders the infection in sci-fi terms, as if we've stumbled into a discarded scene from David Cronenberg's The Fly." This is a strange and strangely moving film that raises questions of species survival in cosmic as well as apiary terms.

Switzerland/Germany/Austria (2012), 90 min. In English and German w/English subtitles

Us Distributor: Kino Lorber »

- Carlos Aguilar

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The Husband seals Tiff deals

15 September 2013 7:49 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Xyz Films has acquired Us sales rights, The Little Film Company international sales and A71 Canadian distribution rights to Scythia Films and Phenomenal Films’ recent Toronto world premiere The Husband.

Bruce McDonald directed The Husband from Maxwell McCabe-Lokos and Kelly Harms’ screenplay about a man left to care for his infant son after his wife is imprisoned for sleeping with a minor.

McCabe-Lokos stars alongside Sarah Allen, August Diehl and Stephen McHattie. Daniel Bekerman and Cher Hawrysh produced. The film premiered on September 9.

“We are thrilled at the enthusiasm for the film we’ve had in Toronto and that Xyz, The Little Film Company and A71 have jumped on board and demonstrated such faith in the movie,” said Scythia Films producer Bekerman.

“It has been an incredible journey to bring this film to Tiff 25 years since Bruce started making his first feature, and to have Tiff, the industry, and the media embrace the film so whole-heartedly »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Tiff Exclusive: Poster & Photos From Bruce McDonald's 'The Husband'

10 September 2013 11:21 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While not as much of a household name as David Cronenberg, Canadian director Bruce McDonald ("Hard Core Logo," "Pontypool") largely exemplifies the spirit of Canadian film with his oddball narratives and low budget inventiveness. The 54 year old has become a well-known favorite of the Toronto International Film Festival, where his latest opus, the dark comedy "The Husband," premiered last night. We're very happy to exclusively debut the poster for the film, some new photos, plus you can watch the trailer below. It's a McDonald McOverload!The film stars Maxwell McCabe-Lokos (whoa appeared in McDonald's "The Tracey Fragments"), as Henry, a man whose wife is in jail for sleeping with a 14-year-old boy. This leaves him to care for their infant son alone and his self-destructive tendencies, as he waits for her release, spiral out of control after he has a chance encounter with the young boy who slept with his wife. »

- Drew Taylor

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Cinema’s Greatest Villains: The 2000s

28 August 2013 11:00 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Villains are an essential part of genre cinema.  Though scores of filmmakers have attempted to create truly great villains throughout the history of film, only a few have succeeded in achieving this difficult goal.

This article will take a look at the great film villains of the 2000’s.

The criteria for this article is the same as my previous articles Cinema’s Greatest Villains: The 1970’s, Cinema’s Greatest Villains: The 1980’s and Cinema’s Greatest Villains: The 1990’s:  the villains must be from live-action films only, and must pose some type of direct or indirect lethal threat. The villains can be either individuals or small groups that act as one unit. The villains must be human or human in appearance. Also, individuals who are the central protagonists/antiheroes of their respective films were excluded.

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Ben Kingsley as Don Logan in Sexy Beast (Jonathan Glazer, 2000):  Kingsley rightfully received an »

- Terek Puckett

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Jeremy Irons Thriller 'Night Train to Lisbon' Goes to Wrekin Hill

9 May 2013 6:05 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Wrekin Hill Entertainment has picked up U.S. rights to Bille August’s thriller Night Train to Lisbon from K5 International. Based on the novel by Pascal Mercier, with a screenplay by Gregg Latter and Ulrich Herrmann, the film follows a Swiss professor, played by Jeremy Irons, who meets a beautiful and mysterious young Portuguese woman, played by Sarah Spale-Buhlmann, and then decides to seek out a new life in Lisbon. The cast also includes Jack Huston, Melanie Laurent, Martina Gedeck, August Diehl, Bruno Ganz, Lena Olin, Christopher Lee and Charlotte Rampling.  Berlin Review: Night Train to Lisbon Studio

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- Gregg Kilday

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Reader Spotlight: Patrick in Germany

25 April 2013 10:29 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

We're getting to know the Film Experience community one-by-one. This is going to take us forever! (That's a good thing. Thank you so much for being part of such a big vibrant fanbase.) Today we're talking to Patrick who lives in Germany and writes for DieAcademy.de, a German site devoted to our favorite awards show.

Hi, Patrick. How long have you been reading The Film Experience?

Maybe 6 years? I like this site so much since it's always interesting topics and wonderful to read.

I know you're really into the Oscars but how about the Lolas, Germany's own movie awards. Which German stars do you recommend our international readers get to know?

The Lolas are not as big of a deal as they should be, but I love some German actors who are still too unknown abroad but doing great work all the time, like: Sibel Kikelli (two time Lola »

- NATHANIEL R

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Berlin Review: 'Night Train To Lisbon' Chugs And Clanks Along In Old-Fashioned, Uninspired Style

17 February 2013 7:43 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

In the very finest tradition of europudding, director Bille August's "Night Train To Lisbon" adapts an international bestselling book, takes place against the picturesque backdrop of a European capital, is half-told in flashback through a turbulent and dramatic period of history, and stacks the cast with notable European thesps. These include, Jeremy Irons, Jack Huston, Charlotte Rampling, Christopher Lee, Tom Courtenay representing the U.K.; from Germany, Martina Gedeck and August Diehl; Bruno Ganz of Switzerland; Lena Olin of Sweden; and Mélanie Laurent from France. However, bar Irons, this Babel tower of actors all play Portuguese nationals, and so while the films is told through English, they all speak with Portuguese accents. Irons, however, plays Swiss, which obviously means he employs his usual mellifluous British tones. A little silly though all this is, it's not actually particularly injurious to our understanding of the story, but it does give you an. »

- Jessica Kiang

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Bille August's Night Train To Lisbon movie poster 3

15 February 2013 10:09 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Catch the third poster for Night Train to Lisbon, starring Jeremy Irons, Mélanie Laurent and Jack Huston. Based on the novel by Pascal Mercier, the script's adapted by Greg Latter and Ulrich Hermann, and has no U.S. release date set at this time. The story follows an aging classical languages Swiss professor who, after meeting a Portuguese woman in a chance encounter, drops his job and heads off to Lisbon to find an author, a doctor and poet who fought against Antonio de Oliveira Salazar, the Portuguese dictator. The cast also includes Martina Gedeck, August Diehl, Bruno Ganz, Lena Olin, Burghart Klaußner, Nicolau Breyner and Charlotte Rampling. Night Train to Lisbon made its premiere at this year's Berlin International Film Festival. »

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Bille August's Night Train To Lisbon movie poster 3

15 February 2013 10:09 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Catch the third poster for Night Train to Lisbon, starring Jeremy Irons, Mélanie Laurent and Jack Huston. Based on the novel by Pascal Mercier, the script's adapted by Greg Latter and Ulrich Hermann, and has no U.S. release date set at this time. The story follows an aging classical languages Swiss professor who, after meeting a Portuguese woman in a chance encounter, drops his job and heads off to Lisbon to find an author, a doctor and poet who fought against Antonio de Oliveira Salazar, the Portuguese dictator. The cast also includes Martina Gedeck, August Diehl, Bruno Ganz, Lena Olin, Burghart Klaußner, Nicolau Breyner and Charlotte Rampling. Night Train to Lisbon made its premiere at this year's Berlin International Film Festival. »

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