Roehler’s historical drama, social realism and documentaries in line-up
by Bénédicte Prot
This week’s line-up includes some interesting and diverse European releases. First up is German/Austrian co-production Jew Suss: Rise and Fall [+see also:
film profile] by Oskar Roehler (The Elementary Particles [+see also:
interview: Franka Potente & Moritz Ble…
interview: Oskar Roehler
film profile]), which looks at how Ferdinand Marian (Tobias Moretti), who was married to a Jewish woman (Martina Gedeck), was forced to star in a Nazi propaganda film commissioned by Goebbels (Moritz Bleibtreu). The film, which caused an outcry at its screening in competition at Berlin, is distributed by Concorde.
Camino is launching Oliver Kienle’s Bis Aufs Blut. Produced by CP Medien, the film stars Jacob Matschenz (Run If You Can [+see also:
film profile]) as Tommy, a delinquent whose mates are his family, particularly Sule who is like a brother. When he is caught in possession of drugs and spends six months of hell in a juvenile detention centre, he wonders who informed on him and if his dreams with Sule can come true.
German audiences will also get the chance to discover three documentaries. Eva Wolf’s 12 Months Germany, produced by Hamburg-based Lemme Film, traces the experiences of four teenagers from Ghana, Chile, Venezuela and the United States when they spend a year in Germany (distributed by Neue Visionen).
RealFiction is launching Dagmar Brendecke’s Cato, about Cato Bontjes van Beek, a young member of German resistance movement Red Chapel who was killed by the Gestapo at the age of 22. The film was produced by Kick Film.
Kool is launching Andrea Arnold’s outstanding Fish Tank [+see also:
interview: Andrea Arnold
film profile], which captures the harsh world of the English working classes and its glimmers of light. After winning the Jury Prize at Cannes last year, the film has garnered a staggering array of prestigious awards.
Finally, Pandora is releasing Sabine Gisiger and Beat Häner’s eloquently-titled Swiss documentary Guru - Bhagwan, His Secretary & His Bodyguard.
(Translated from French)
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