The last dictatorship in Europe
by Bénédicte Prot
17/11/2005 - Among the 6 European films premiering today in Germany, the most political is no doubt 89 Millimeter by Sebastian Heinzel. This documentary produced and distributed by the Berlin-based company Kloos & Co. Medien portrays the tough reality of a country whose differences with the European Union go beyond the 89mm difference in width between their railway tracks and ours. Heinzel stigmatises the repressive State over which Alexander Lukaschenko took power in 1994, and questions its future by filming some political refugees, a gogo dancer, a journalist, activists and soldiers.
Three German dramas will also be on the screen: Rock Crystal (o.t. Bergkristall), an Alpine story by Joseph Vilsmaier produced by Clasart and Perathon and distributed by Concorde, Durch diese Nacht sehe ich keinen einzigen Stern ('I can’t see a single star tonight'), a biographical movie on the last days of the Czech writer Bozena Nemcova directed by Dagmar Knöpfel, produced by AvistaFilm Herbert Rimbach and Daniel Zuta Filmproduktion and distributed by Movienet Film , while Opal launches one of its productions, Traffic Affairs (o.t. Mitfahrer), in which Nicolai Albrecht depicts three car-drives.
Two European co-productions are also on the menu: Flax film distributes Paradise Girls, a German-Dutch drama which is also Fow Pyng Hu’s debut, and Kinowelt launches this year's winner in Cannes, The Child [trailer, film focus] (o.t. L'enfant) by the Dardenne brothers.
(Translated from French)