by Bénédicte Prot
21/12/2007 - Compared to last week, which offered a rich selection of enticing new releases (including Volker Schlöndorff’s latest film and festive titles Heidi and Peter and US release Bee Movie), national cinema takes a back seat among the films hitting German screens this Thursday.
The only German title on the slate is the comedy Keinohrhasen, directed by and starring Til Schweiger, who also wrote the screenplay and produced the film with Thomas Zickler for Barefoot Films.
This mass-appeal film, which tells the story of an unscrupulous tabloid journalist who is forced to mend his ways, is distributed by Warner, who are also launching the film in Austria on Friday.
The Austrian Christmas line-up offers a greater selection of German titles. Constantin are releasing Leander Haußmann’s Warum Männer nicht zuhören und Frauen schlecht einparken (“Why Men Don’t Listen and Women Don’t Know How to Wander From the Point”), launched in Germany by the leading distributor on November 29 to quickly stake a position among the top ten domestic hits of the year (at the end of last week, the film had already garnered more than 500,000 admissions and over €3.2m in box-office takings). This comedy starring Benno Fürmann and Jessica Schwarz questions the degree to which the modern couple has evolved.
German audiences will also have the chance to discover the festive Italian film that is already enjoying unprecedented success at the Italian box office: Natale in Crociera [trailer] (“Christmas Cruise”) by Neri Parenti (distributed by Azur Film); as well as French titles Conversations With My Gardener [trailer] by Jean Becker (distributed by Arsenal) and Philippe Kholy’s documentary Callas Assoluta (distributed by Salzgeber).
(Translated from French)