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Berlin reveals jury, homage, Berlinale Camera recipients

Berlin reveals jury, homage, Berlinale Camera recipients
Maggie Gyllenhaal and Diego Luna amongst those to join jury president Paul Verhoeven.

The 67th Berlin Film Festival has revealed its jury, homage subject and Golden Camera recipients.

Joining jury president, Paul Verhoeven, will be actors Maggie Gyllenhaal, Diego Luna, and Julia Jentsch, producer Dora Bouchoucha Fourati, artist Olafur Eliasson and director-screenwriter Wang Quan’an.

Eighteen films are vying in this year’s competition for the Golden Bear. The winners will be announced at the Berlinale Palast on February 18.

Robocop director Verhoeven is currently flying high off the success of Golden Globe-winning drama Elle.

Gyllenhaal is best known for her Oscar-nominated role in Crazy Heart, breakthrough performances in Donnie Darko and Secretary, The Dark Knight and TV series The Honourable Woman, for which she garnered a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy nomination.

Luna, co-star of Alfonso Cuarón’s Y Tu Mamá También, has played at the Berlinale in titles including Milk (dir: Gus van Sant, Berlinale
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Berlin 2017: Full international jury announced

The full international jury for this year’s Berlin Film Festival has been announced.

It was previously announced that Paul Verhoeven would head up the jury this year, and now the organizers have released the rest of the jury to judge the films in-competition. They are producer Dora Bouchoucha Fourati (Tunisia), artist Olafur Eliasson (Iceland), actress Maggie Gyllenhaal (USA), actress Julia Jentsch (Germany), actor and director Diego Luna (Mexico), and director and screenwriter Wang Quan’an (People’s Republic of China).

This year’s Berlinale, the Berlin Film Festical, kicks off in Germany on February 9th through to the 19th. Keep it Thn for full coverage.

Paul Verhoeven, Jury President, Director, Screenwriter (The Netherlands)

The Dutch director and screenwriter Paul Verhoeven began his directing career in 1969 with the successful Dutch television series Floris. After his feature film debut Business is Business in 1971, came the erotic thriller Turkish Delight in 1973, a
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Cannes: Medienboard Reception at the Grand Hotel (Photo Gallery)

Berlin funding agency Medienboard hosted a cocktail reception on May 14 to celebrate the films it funded that feature in the festival program. These include competition films Maren Ade’s “Toni Erdmann” and Bruno Dumont’s “Ma Loute.” Ade is the first female German director to have a film vying for the Palme d’Or since Margarethe von Trotta with “Paura e amore” in 1988.

Medienboard also backed Mehmet Can Mertoglu’s Critics’ Week film “Album” and Jonathan Littell’s documentary “Wrong Elements,” which is a Special Screenings.

Constantin’s Thorsten Koch and Martin Moszkowicz, Daniel Brühl, Oliver Berben of Moovie, and Katrin Berben (Photo: Courtesy of Medienboard)

Medienboard chief Kirsten Niehuus and Berlinale festival head Dieter Kosslick

Actors Julia Jentsch (“24 Weeks”) and Daniel Brühl (“Captain America: Civil War”) meet again in Cannes for the first time since Hans Weingartner’s “The Edukators” played in Cannes Competition in 2004

The cocktail party’s
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Beta Picks Up Berlin Film Festival Competition Film ’24 Weeks’

Beta Picks Up Berlin Film Festival Competition Film ’24 Weeks’
London — Sales company Beta Cinema has picked up worldwide rights to Berlin Film Festival competition entry “24 Weeks.” The film stars Julia Jentsch, who won a Berlin Silver Bear for Oscar-nominated drama “Sophie Scholl: The Final Days.”

“24 Weeks” is the second feature from director/writer Anne Zohra Berrached, and was produced by Zero One Film (“The People vs. Fritz Bauer”). Berrached, whose first feature “Two Mothers” won the Dialogue in Perspective Award at the Berlinale in 2013, and the First Steps Award, co-wrote the script with Carl Gerber.

The film tells the story of cabaret performer Astrid (Jentsch), who six months pregnant learns that her unborn child will be severely disabled. She and her husband Marcus (Bjarne Maedel) have a choice, but little time… With a strong nature and a witty answer to everything, Astrid now feels lost, on her own, impossible to continue her comedy routine. Only she can take this momentous decision.
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Global Screen picks up Weingartner drama

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Global Screen picks up Weingartner drama
Exclusive: German sales team boards road-trip drama from The Edukators director.

Global Screen has picked up world sales right to writer-director-producer Hans Weingartner’s (The Edukators) drama 303, currently shooting in France and Spain.

Mala Emde and Anton Spieker star in the story of a pregnant woman who falls in love with another man during a heady road trip.

Producers are Kahuuna Films and Neuesuper with support from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Bkm and Ffa.

Delivery is planned for spring/summer 2016.

Julia Weber, head of theatrical sales at Global Screen, said: “We are thrilled to sell 303 internationally. When I first read the screenplay, I was amazed to see how perfectly Hans Weingartner managed to balance out deep conversation with a beautiful, gently rising love story.”

Weingartner’s 2004 drama The Edukators, starring Daniel Bruhl, played in Competition at Cannes.
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Profile of a Producer: Hank Levine

Hank Levine, the German producer who spent a couple of years in L.A. where we met before he moved to Brazil where he worked at 02 Filmes with Fernando Mirielles and had a family. He co-produced the Academy Award-nominated films City of God and Wasteland and returned to Germany a couple of years ago. He is now producing the English language directorial debut of Hans Weingartner (The Edukators) with the screen adaptation of the best selling true story of Larry Orbach and Vivien Orbach-Smith’s Soaring Underground (Der Taucher). As a young German-Jewish Berliner struggling to survive in WWII Berlin, Larry Orbach resisted and made a new life. The film will shoot in Germany, Brazil, Africa and Asia. This year, Levine will also direct his first film, Exodus, an international feature documentary. He also produced this year’s Berlinale Competition film Praia Do Futuro.

To read more on Hank Levine's projects visit his site Here
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Weingartner making English debut

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Weingartner making English debut
Hans Weingartner’s to make first English-language film for Praia do Futuro producer Hank Levine.

Hans Weingartner (The Edukators) is set to make his English-language directorial debut with a screen adaptation of Larry Orbach and Vivien Orbach-Smith’s bestseller Soaring Underground (Der Taucher).

The true story of Orbach as a young German-Jewish teenager struggling to survive in Berlin during the Second World War will be produced by Hank Levine Film, one of the producers of the Competition film Praia do Futuro.

“The story personally appealed to me because the protagonist isn’t a victim, he shows resistance to the Nazi regime, and this theme of resistance is one which has run through almost all of my films,” Weingartner told ScreenDaily.

“Everything you need for a film is in the story – emotions, humanity as well as a lot of humour.“

“Orbach’s experiences have a timeless quality and a relevance for today,” added producer
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Rush Review

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

It’s certain that Ron Howard is one of the more frustratingly inconsistent directors working today; every riveting masterpiece (Frost/Nixon) is usually followed by one or two duds (Angels & Demons, The Dilemma) before he returns on stonking form, just as he has with Rush, an exhilarating, white-knuckle thrill-ride that decisively earns the commendation of “sweaty palm movie of the year.”

Rush is based on the riveting rivalry between two Formula 1 racers – care-free, hedonistic British playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and the more studious, serious Austrian Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) – from their humble beginnings in Formula 3, right up to the shocking accident at the 1976 German Grand Prix that nearly claimed Lauda’s life, and then beyond.

Through the duality of Hunt and Lauda’s characters, Ron Howard’s racing movie proves to be, much like Asif Kapadia’s sublime documentary Senna, an irresistibly compelling human drama
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The Silence Trailer and Poster

The Silence Trailer and Poster
A retired investigator is called back onto the job in director Baran bo Odar's thriller The Silence, which follows two cases that have eerily similar connections. The story centers on a 13-year-old girl who goes missing in the same spot where, 23 years prior, a young girl was savagely murdered, a case that still remains unsolved. Krischan (Burghart Klau&#223ner), the original investigator assigned to the case, comes out of retirement to try and unravel this bizarre mystery. Music Box Films has unveiled the first trailer and poster for this gripping nail-biter that will have you on the edge of your seat when it debuts in theaters March 8.

The Silence - Trailer

The Silence begins 23 years ago on a hot summer day, when a young girl named Pia is brutally murdered in a field of wheat. Now, on the exact same date in the present, 13-year-old Sinikka is missing, her
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New Trailer Breaks The Silence

Music Box Films just sent us over the first official trailer for its upcoming flick The Silence, and it looks to be riddled with mystery. We're talking the sinister stuff involving death and bodies. You know... the good stuff! Check it out!

The flick is directed by Baran bo Odar and stars Ulrich Thomsen, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Sebastian Blomberg, Katrin Sass, and Burghart Klaussner.

Look for it in limited release on March 8, 2013.

Synopsis

The Silence begins 23 years ago on a hot summer day, when a young girl named Pia is brutally murdered in a field of wheat. Now, on the exact same date in the present, 13-year-old Sinikka is missing, her bicycle abandoned in the same spot. As Krischan, the retired investigator of the unresolved case, and his younger colleague David struggle to solve the mystery of these parallel crimes, Sinikka’s distraught parents are trapped in an agonizing period of waiting and uncertainty.
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Eerie New Poster for 'The Silence' Emerges

By David Harkness, MoreHorror.com

A creepy poster for the upcoming murder thriller The Silence has released. Take a look at a larger version of the poster under the synopsis.

The Silence opens in theaters March 8, 2013.

Synopsis:

The Silence begins 23 years ago on a hot summer day, when a young girl named Pia is brutally murdered in a field of wheat. Now, on the exact same date in the present, 13-year-old Sinikka is missing, her bicycle abandoned in the same spot. As Krischan, the retired investigator of the unresolved case, and his younger colleague David struggle to solve the mystery of these parallel crimes, Sinikka’s distraught parents are trapped in an agonizing period of waiting and uncertainty. Meanwhile, their daughter’s fate rips open old wounds in the heart of Pia’s mother, who is visited by an unexpected guest with an eerie connection to her daughter. The unrelenting
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Music Box Films to Break The Silence in March

Music Box Films just sent us over the first official stills and one-sheet for its upcoming flick The Silence, and it looks to be riddled with mystery. We're talking the sinister stuff involving death and bodies. You know... the good stuff!

The flick is directed by Baran bo Odar and stars Ulrich Thomsen, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Sebastian Blomberg, Katrin Sass, and Burghart Klaussner.

Look for it in limited release on March 8, 2013.

Synopsis

The Silence begins 23 years ago on a hot summer day, when a young girl named Pia is brutally murdered in a field of wheat. Now, on the exact same date in the present, 13-year-old Sinikka is missing, her bicycle abandoned in the same spot. As Krischan, the retired investigator of the unresolved case, and his younger colleague David struggle to solve the mystery of these parallel crimes, Sinikka’s distraught parents are trapped in an agonizing period of waiting and uncertainty.
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Daniel Brühl Joins 'A Most Wanted Man' As Production Begins, Official Synopsis Revealed

Daniel Brühl Joins 'A Most Wanted Man' As Production Begins, Official Synopsis Revealed
Even with only two feature films under his belt, photographer and filmmaker Anton Corbijn has become a director with a distinct voice. His debut "Control" was a startling look at the life of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis, while his followup "The American" placed George Clooney in a pretty nifty anti-thriller that favored mood over action. And so we couldn't be more excited about this next, the John Le Carré adaptation of "A Most Wanted Man." And with production now starting, a few more names an official synopsis have been revealed for the picture. "Inglourious Basterds," "The Edukators," "Goodbye Lenin!" and "The Bourne Ultimatum" star Daniel Brühl (who was rumored over a month ago) has joined Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright and Willem Dafoe in the film, with Franz Hartwig, Kostja Ullman, Rainer Bock, Charlotte Schwab, Max Volkert Martens and Martin Wuttke rounding...
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Hell DVD Review

Director: Tim Fehlbaum

Starring: Hannah Herzsprung, Lisa Vicari, Lars Eidinger, Stipe Erceg, Angela Winkler

Certificate: 15

Running Time: 90 minutes

Synopsis: In the not too distant future, people struggle to survive their greatest enemy, the sun.

In recent times, there have been a plethora of post-apocalyptic films coming onto the scene from all angles and genres, German-language/subtitled film Hell follows a similar path and is a first-time feature by Tim Fehlbaum and he’s lucky enough to be backed by The Day After Tomorrow talisman Roland Emmerich. Fehlbaum takes the directorial reigns and has co-written with Oliver Kahl and Thomas Wobke.

Set in 2016, Hell (the German word for ‘bright’) in set in a near-future where the sun has scorched the Earth to a crisp after a sudden, unexpected increase in solar activity and all life is dying. Forests are cindered down to shattered tree-trunks, animal skeletons lay scattered scolded by the
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BFI London Film Festival 2011: 'Hut in the Woods'

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★★★★☆ The latest in a line of strong German entries exploring mental illness at this year's 55th BFI London Film Festival, Hans Weingartner's Hut in the Woods (Hütte im Wald, 2011) focuses on the lives of to down-and-outs, former mathematician Martin Blunt (Peter Schneider) and recently orphaned Ukrainian youngster Viktor (Timur Massold), who both become homeless through circumstance. Together, they escape to the forest and build a hut within with to live out their lives.

Weingartner, perhaps best known in the UK for 2004's The Edukators, presents a side of German society rarely seen, sensitively depicting the type of existence that can befall the nation's homeless. Adversely, figures of authority are painted very unsympathetically by the director; Martin's former company refuses to re-employee him after a short stint in care despite promising the contrary; the bailiffs that arrive to evict Martin a few days later are unscrupulous in their work, denying
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Krabat—Interview With Marco Kreuzpaintner and Daniel Brühl

Krabat, Marco Kreuzpaintner‘s film adaptation of Otfried Preußler‘s beloved bestselling novel Krabat (The Satanic Mill)—which sold over 2.1 million copies worldwide and has been translated into more than 30 languages—has come highly anticipated. Starring Daniel Brühl (Goodbye, Lenin!, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Edukators), Christian Redl (Downfall) and David Kross (Tough Enough, The Reader) in the lead role of Krabat, Kreuzpaintner’s film is a soul-stirring adventure for all ages that seizes the viewer with its atmospheric power, emotional truthfulness, and discreet SFX rather than CGI overload and arcane storylines. I had the good fortune of touching base with Kreuzpaintner and Brühl during the film’s international premiere at the 33rd Toronto International Film Festival. They startled me for arriving clean-cut to our scheduled interview without a trace of mud or grime. My thanks to Stephen Lan and Bavaria Film International (whose website provides a subtitled trailer) for arranging
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Reclaim Your Brain

Reclaim Your Brain
San Sebastian Film Festival

SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain -- The theme of Reclaim Your Brain is how crass TV is corrupting the minds of the masses. But the movie's very own lack of subtlety undermines its message. German director Hans Weingartner, whose last feature The Edukators did well in the Art House market across Europe, fails to engage from the start. The two main characters are not well-constructed and some plot lines do not seem credible. The crudeness of the film may limit its appeal to German-speaking markets.

TV producer Rainer (Moritz Bleibtreu) got to the top by making vulgar programs such as one in which contestants compete to make a master race. Then the mysterious Pegah (Elsa Schultz Gambar) smashes into his car in revenge for her grandfather's suicide, caused by one of Rainer's shows. Suddenly Rainer is inspired to make intelligent programs. When they fail, he sets off with Pegah to uncover a conspiracy surrounding the rigging of audience figures to ensure the masses are fed only trash TV.

The film's struggles come largely in the area of poorly developed main characters. An opening sequence of cocaine-snorting Rainer speeding through traffic in his sports car plays out a tired cliche. And character of the beautiful Pegah is sketchy in the extreme.

Weingartner and co-writer Katherine Held throw in a series of improbable plot turns. When Rainer is confronted by Pegah, the explanation of her grandfather's suicide seems unlikely. Rainer's decision to jeopardize a highly successful career to save the nation's brains is equally improbable.

But when the pair pull off their "revolution," Germans suddenly immerse themselves in high culture. This works well as comedy: Scenes of Germans throw awaying their TVs and meeting to discuss poetry -- captured by TV news bulletins -- amuse. When Rainer's gang subvert the TV ratings system, Weingartner plays this for laughs well.

The unlikely star of Reclaim Your Brain is Milan Peschel, who plays the conspiracy-obsessed oddball Philip. Peschel can do both zany and shy convincingly. But Philip's decision to throw his lot in with two strangers to embark on a TV revolution doesn't ring true.

This movie might succeed as a comedy romp in its native land, but the jokes may be too direct and culturally specific for the film to travel much beyond home.

RECLAIM YOUR BRAIN

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Credits:

Director: Hans Weingartner

Writers: Katherine Held, Hans Weingartner

Producters: Hans Weingartner, Antonin Svoboda

Director of photography: Christine A. Maier

Production designer: Udo Kramer

Music: Adam Ilhan, Andreas Wodraschke

Costume designer: Thomas Olah

Editing: Andreas Wodraschke

Cast:

Rainer: Moritz Bleibtreu

Pegah: Elsa Schultz Gambard

Philip: Milan Peschel

Maiwald: Gregor Bloeb

Anna: Simone Hanselmann

Running time -- 129 minutes

No MPAA rating

Weingartner, Mantovani team for 'Nanny'

Weingartner, Mantovani team for 'Nanny'
San Sebastian, Spain -- Austrian director Hans Weingartner, in San Sebastian with his competition entry Reclaim Your Brain, is teaming with City of God screenwriter Braulio Mantovani for his next project, Nanny.

Nanny revolves around two women who leave their families in South America to become domestic servants in the U.S. As with Weingartner's previous two films -- Brain and The Edukators -- it is an undisguised attack on the abuses of modern capitalism.

"It looks at the perversion of the system, where rich countries have to import love and caring (for their children) from the Third World," Weingartner told The Hollywood Reporter. "How these women are forced to leave their own families to go and provide for the rich."

Weingartner made his name on the international film scene with his second feature, Edukators, which debuted in Cannes and went on to win several awards, including the German Film Critics prize for best film. Palmer West and Jonah Smith of production outfit Thousand Worlds have picked up the U.S.

Tiff 2007 Day 5: The next Gen in Filmmaking

  • Yesterday’s day of coverage began by a morning chat/interview with filmmaker Ramin BahraniRamin Bahrani
[/link] – who was in Toronto to present the North American premiere of Chop Shop - a film that I was very fond and discovered at Cannes (read review here). A pleasurable sit down (the sort that could begin with a glass of vino and finish with 2 polished off bottles). For me its always interesting to discuss the form, structure, narrative strategy and of course all the behind the scenes process of the filmmaking process. Unfortunately, moments after the completion of the interview I realized that (and this is where I have that sick to my stomach feeling) I only had a portion of the interview recorded. That feeling falls somewhere between my dog ate my homework and probably how Lodge Kerrigan felt when he lost an entire film in a processing lab disaster. A real
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Bleibtreu hacks into 'Free' pic

Bleibtreu hacks into 'Free' pic
CANNES -- Moritz Bleibtreu has signed on to star in Free Rainer, the new feature from Hans Weingartner (The Edukators) that the Match Factory is selling at the Marche du Festival. Bleibtreu will play the title role of a television executive frustrated with producing garbage who decides to start a broadcast revolution. Gathering a group of disciples around him, he successfully hacks the code for TV set-top ratings boxes and manipulates the ratings figures so that intelligent television is hugely successful and trash TV fails miserably. This leads to a cultural revolution but also to a backlash from the broadcast powers-that-be. "If 'The Edukators' was about economic revolution, about poor vs. rich, this film will be more about cultural revolution, about freeing the mind," Weingartner said in an interview. "But like 'The Edukators, ' it will also be funny and suspenseful and with a love story in the middle of it all."
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