5 items from 2016
German films look set to make muscular showing at this year’s Cannes Film Market, with local sales companies offering the gamut from family dramas, cop movies and World War II thrillers to sci-fi and folklore.
Meanwhile, Maren Ade’s competition title “Toni Erdmann,” about a father trying to reconnect with his daughter, marks the first German title to vie for the Palme d’Or in eight years and the first film from a female German director to screen in competition at Cannes. The Match Factory is handling world sales for Komplizen Film and Coop 99 Film’s German-Austrian co-production.
Global Screen has boarded post-war thriller “The Face” from Leipzig-based Departures Film and Berlin’s Films in Motion (Fim); Swiss helmer Markus Imboden (“The Foster Boy”) is set to direct from a script by U.S. scribe J. Frank James. Imboden is also attached to Fim’s “Life Through a Dead Man’s Eyes, »
- Ed Meza
A dynamic improvisational film movement in Germany has in the past few years grown from a niche genre to a near-mainstream phenomenon — just don’t call it mumblecore.
While generally described as a German version of the now-dated U.S. indie movement, filmmakers and actors here prefer “improvisational film.” There are some similarities: Initially led by young filmmakers, many of them graduates from the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf near Berlin, it’s characterized by low-budget production values, relationship stories and an eschewal of script, but also by collaboration with actors trained in improvisation and an emphasis on humor.
After generating a great deal of critical acclaim domestically and on the festival circuit, it has begun to infiltrate the mainstream, both in film and television.
- Ed Meza
The irrepressible Sam Fuller fashions a crime thriller for German TV with his expected eccentricity: old-fashioned hardboiled scripting, freeform direction and bits of graffiti from the French New Wave. Christa Lang is the femme fatale and Glenn Corbett is the twofisted American hero, whose name is Not Griff. And yes, a pigeon does bite the pavement on Beethoven Street, and I tell you, that's one dead pigeon. Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street Blu-ray Olive Films 1974 / Color / 1:33 flat full frame (for German TV / 127 min. / Tote Taube in der Beethovenstraße / Street Date April 19, 2016 / / available through the Olive Films website / 29.95 Starring Glenn Corbett, Christa Lang, Sieghardt Rupp, Anton Diffring, Stéphane Audran, Alexander D'Arcy, Anthony Chinn. Cinematography Jerzy Lipman Film Editor Liesgret Schmitt-Klink Original Music The Can German dialogue by Manfred R. Köhler Produced by Joachim von Mengershausen Written and Directed by Samuel Fuller
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Not that it helped Sam Fuller's career much, »
- Glenn Erickson
Okay, from what I can piece together, Christian Alvart and writer Christoph Darnstädt (Das Experiment) have brought a long running German detective show called "Tatort" to the big screen in a Bourne kind of way. The first trailer for the Pandorum director's latest German genre piece has emerged and, not surprisingly, it's pretty awesome.
Warner Brotehrs is poised to release the film overseas on February 4, 2016, but I have no information on domestical releasing.
Action-packed and more elaborate than ever before, Til Schweiger plays forensic Chief Inspector Nick Tschill [Continued ...] »
How big a star is Til Schweiger in his native Germany? Well, how's this for an indicator: After appearing in just four episodes of long running German cop show Tatort - a series that has been more or less in continuous production since 1970 - the Inglorious Basterds support player has gone and landed himself a spinoff movie of his own. To put it in context that'd be like taking a four episode character from Law And Order and giving them their own film. Titled Tschiller: Off Duty in Germany - and apparently Nick: Off Duty everywhere else, because that title is going to inspire people to seek it out - Antibodies and Pandorum director Christian Alvart directs.Tough Hamburg cop Nick Tschiller lost his wife...
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5 items from 2016
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