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Nyff 2014. Dominik Graf's "Beloved Sisters"

29 September 2014 5:40 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Dominik Graf has finally properly landed in America, and it's about damn time. The German director, known almost exclusively for a prodigious—and unexportable—output of work for television, has been directing since the 1970s, but only Beloved Sisters, one of this year's Berlinale competitors, has managed to secure proper theatrical distribution in the United States. I don’t know if the time is ripe or, more likely, if this is a mere fluke. Graf’s omnivorous ingestion of German social, political, cultural, and material histories and transformation of their tensions into deeply intelligent, supremely revealing genre dramas ipso facto must eventually create something international distributors think non-Germans might want to see. Then again, previous films by the director seemingly ripe or obvious for English-language audiences, including the Die Hard-like action-siege film Die Katze (1988, which was actually pathetically limitedly shown with an alternate soundtrack in the Us), the zany post-Berlin »

- Daniel Kasman

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Nyff 2014. Main Slate

19 August 2014 5:16 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Opening Night – World Premiere

Gone Girl

David Fincher, USA, 2014, Dcp, 150m

David Fincher’s film version of Gillian Flynn’s phenomenally successful best seller (adapted by the author) is one wild cinematic ride, a perfectly cast and intensely compressed portrait of a recession-era marriage contained within a devastating depiction of celebrity/media culture, shifting gears as smoothly as a Maserati 250F. Ben Affleck is Nick Dunne, whose wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) goes missing on the day of their fifth anniversary. Neil Patrick Harris is Amy’s old boyfriend Desi, Carrie Coon (who played Honey in Tracy Letts’s acclaimed production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) is Nick’s sister Margo, Kim Dickens (TremeFriday Night Lights) is Detective Rhonda Boney, and Tyler Perry is Nick’s superstar lawyer Tanner Bolt. At once a grand panoramic vision of middle America, a uniquely disturbing exploration of the fault lines in a marriage, »

- Notebook

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Music Box Picks Up German Period Drama 'Beloved Sisters' Out of Berlin

20 February 2014 9:36 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The 64th Berlin International Film Festival may have ended, but acquisition season is still in full swing. Music Box Films has obtained the U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to Berlin competition title "Beloved Sisters," the period romance film by Dominik Graf. Florian Stetter stars as the Romantic era poet Friedrich von Schiller. The film follows Schiller's love affair with the aristocratic von Lengefeld sisters, played by Hannah Herzsprung and Henriette ConfuriusGraf is best known for the German thrillers "The Invincibles" and "A Map of the Heart," the latter of which was a Berlin competition title in 2002. No release date is set. »

- Max O'Connell

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Berlin: Music Box Takes German Period Drama 'Beloved Sisters' for U.S., Canada

20 February 2014 8:42 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Music Box has picked up rights in the U.S. and Canada for Beloved Sisters, the German period drama from Dominik Graf that had its world premiere in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival last week. The drama stars Florian Stetter as 18th century romantic poet Friedrich von Schiller. The film focuses on his passionate love affair with the two aristocratic von Lengefeld sisters, played by German actresses Hannah Herzsprung and Henriette Confurius. “Dominik Graf, his wonderful performers and production team have brought the Romantic Era and the lives of Schiller and the von Lengefeld sisters to life for

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- Scott Roxborough

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Berlin Film Review: ‘Beloved Sisters’

8 February 2014 12:30 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Nearly a decade on from his last theatrical feature (2006’s “The Red Cockatoo”), prolific Teuton TV helmer Dominik Graf makes an overdue and very welcome return to the bigscreen with “Beloved Sisters,” an enthralling, gorgeously mounted depiction of the complicated relationship between the post-Enlightenment writer and philosopher Friedrich Schiller and the sisters Charlotte von Lengefeld (who would become his wife) and Caroline von Beulwitz (his eventual biographer). Retaining the novelistic narrative density offered by television while taking full advantage of cinema’s larger, more enveloping canvas, Graf has created an unusually intelligent costume drama of bold personalities torn between the stirrings of the heart and the logic of the mind, while casting his revealing gaze upon Western Europe’s bumpy transition from the 18th to 19th century. Premiered at Berlin in a 170-minute director’s cut, the pic is also being offered for sale in a 140-minute “theatrical” edit, though »

- Scott Foundas

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