A good-looking German and European line-up to the beat of Russendisko
by Bénédicte Prot
29/03/2012 - Paramount today released a long-awaited Black Forest Films and Seven Pictures production in German cinemas. Russendisko [trailer] is screenwriter Oliver Ziegenbalg (screenwriter for Friendship! [trailer] by Markus Goller)’s first film as a director, and stars young and in-vogue actor Matthias Schweighöfer (read more), already in cinemas in Friendship!
The actor appears once again alongside Friedrich Mücke, with whom he also acted in Goller’s popular comedy. But while both films are set around the time of the fall of the Berlin wall, Russendisko is set entirely in Eastern Europe. Its heroes are three friends from Moscow, Wladimir (Schweighöfer), Mischa (Mücke), and Andrej (Christian Friedel), who manage to make it to Berlin at the beginning of the 1990s, and find themselves in a completely different universe to what they know.
For a younger audience, Universum has released Sams in Glück [trailer] by Peter Gersina, the third installment (after Das Sams in 2001 and Sams in Gefahr in 2003, with 1.8 million and 1.2 million admissions) in the adventures of Sams, the friendly carrot-haired and blue-freckled character created by children’s author Paul Maar, who once again co-wrote the screenplay with Ulrich Limmer, producer from the Munich-based company, Collina Filmproduktion (read more). Ulrich Noethen plays Mr Taschenbier and Christine Urspruch plays Sams in the film.
Production and distribution company WTP International has released bedroom drama Die Wahrheit der Lüge by Roland Reber, in which a writer pushed by his editor detains two women underground and invents ways to torture them, both physically and psychologically, to bring them to their limits.
The other new German films this week are the documentary Out of the Darkness by Stefano Levi (distr. Barnsteiner) and French-German-Polish co-production Elles [trailer, film focus] by Malgoska Szumowska, with Juliette Binoche, a woman’s tale of sexuality, desire, and relationships presented in the Panorama section of the last Berlinale.
But this is not all for Europe, as debese.film has released Aurora [trailer] by Cristi Puiu, a film that was recently awarded at the Gopos Romanian film industry awards (read more), while Alamode has released the succesful Norwegian drama King of Devil's Island [trailer] by Marius Holst, with Stellan Skarsgård.
From the United Kingdom come The Woman in Black [trailer] by James Watkins with Daniel Radcliffe (distr. Concorde), and the 3D animation film The Pirates! Band of Misfits [trailer] by Peter Lord and Jeff Newitt (distr. Sony Pictures). Finally, Rendezvous has distributed Italian documentary Sei Venezia by Carlo Mazzacurati.
(Translated from French)