My Führer (2007)
That fact makes "My Fuhrer" -- written and directed by Dani Levy, a Swiss-born Jew -- a rarity, but a flawed one.
The premise holds promise. It's the final week of 1944, and the war is going badly for Germany. Hitler is scheduled to address a million people on New Year's Day, but he's in a funk and isn't up to the task.
In his words: "I've become a great burden to the people of the German Reich.
The lineup, which provides a cross-section of the most successful and critically acclaimed German-language films of the past year -- along with a few new titles -- includes Marcus H. Rosenmueller's sleeper hit Grave Decisions; Chris Kraus' award-winning 4 Minutes; Matthias Luthardt's Pingpong, which won the screenwriting award in Cannes; and Ralf Westhoff's speed-dating comedy Shoppen, which was snapped up for German release by X Verleih following its debut at the Hof Film days.
The 17 titles picked for this year's showcase will be screened at the CinemaxX 1 cinema Feb. 9-17.
A full list of German Cinema titles follows.
A Friend Of Mine Sebastian Schipper (sales: Telepool)
Emma's Bliss Sven Taddicken (sales: The Match Factory)
4 Minutes Chris Kraus (sales: Beta Cinema)
Grave Decisions Marcus H. Rosenmueller (sales: Beta Cinema)
Mein Fuhrer Dani Levy (sales: Beta Cinema)
Neandertal Ingo Haeb, Jan-Christoph Glaser (sales: Rommel Film)
Offset Didi Danquart (sales: Bavaria Film International)
"Perfume: The Story of a Murderer" Tom Tykwer (sales: Summit Film Sales)
Pingpong Matthias Luthardt (sales: Media Luna Entertainment)
Shoppen Ralf Westhoff (sales: Drife Prods.)
Summer '04 Stefan Krohmer (sales: Bavaria Film International)
The Cloud Gregor Schnitzler (sales: Bavaria Film International)
The Last Train Joseph Vilsmaier, Dana Vavrova (sales: Telepool)
The Lives Of Others Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (sales: Beta Cinema)
Warchild Christian Wagner (sales: Christian Wagner Film)
While You Are Here Stefan Westerwelle (sales: Kunsthochschule fuer Medien KHM)
The Ben Stiller comedy grossed an estimated $19.1 million at about 5,000 screens in 34 territories.
Museum dropped some $10 million from last weekend overall, but bowed No. 1 in Brazil where it roared to an estimated $3 million from 502 screens, making it the third-highest Fox film ever to play the market. So far, "Museum" has grossed $150.4 million overseas, $336.2 million worldwide.
Action in holdover markets was strong for Museum. In Germany, it bested the debut of local-language comedy, "My Fuhrer: The Truly Truest Truth About Adolph Hitler," to take the No. 1 spot, garnering an estimated $2.6 million in its third weekend at 852 screens, for a market cume to date of $17.5 million.
It its third weekend in Australia, Museum drew an estimated $1.7 million from 349 screens, for a market cume of $13.5 million. In Mexico, the comedy starring Ben Stiller landed No. 2 in its third weekend, eliciting an estimated $1.5 million from 743 locations for a market total to date of $15.4 million.
It finished No. 2 in the U.K. with $3.9 million on the weekend at 470 sites, for a market total of $32.9 million. In Korea, Museum is on track to become the second highest-grossing Fox film ever to be released in the market. The fourth weekend tally there was an estimated $1.3 million from 254 screens for a local cume of $22.7 million.
Bolstered by nine British Academy of Film and Television Arts nominations, Sony Pictures Releasing International's Casino Royale had a No. 2 overall weekend, grossing an estimated $11.3 million from 4,235 screens in 57 markets, lifting its international gross total to $390.7 million.
The James Bond adventure's two biggest markets were Italy (an estimated $2.6 million from 427 locations in the second weekend, No. 3 in the market where it has so far grossed $7.9 million) and in the U.K. ($1.8 million in the ninth weekend from 325 sites, ranking No. 5 and pushing its market gross total to $101.6 million).
Ranking third this weekend is The Pursuit of Happyness, which Sony opened in just two overseas markets -- in the U.K. where ranked No. 1 with an estimated $5 million from 413 screens; and in Australia, where it nabbed an estimated $2.7 million from 223 sites.
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