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Crash Test hits German screens

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Jörg Kalt’s Austrian/German co-production Crash Test Dummies [+see also:
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is finally being released in Germany (through MFA).

The film, which screened in the Forum section of the 2005 Berlinale and is at times described as a “Viennese Short Cuts”, is the latest film in Austrian cinema’s trend of existential portraits tinged with amused irony.

The film depicts the wanderings of two Romanian women (Maria Popistasu and Bogdan Dumitrache), who go to Vienna to deliver a stolen car. After a fight, Ana and Nicolae split up, which leads to various encounters with locals, including a department store detective and his flatmate (Kathrin Resetarits, Austrian Shooting Star 2006), who make a living from “crash tests”, and a young single woman with a passion for life.

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Crash Test Dummies was co-produced by Amour Fou Filmproduktion (Austria) and Icon Film (Germany).

Two wholly produced German features are also arriving in theatres today. First up is the documentary How To Cook Your Life, in which Doris Dörrie mixes spirituality and exaltation of the senses with a Californian cook/philosopher, also released by the MFA, and Michael Schaack and Toby Genkel’s animated children’s film Das doppelte Lottchen (Warner).

NFP release and Dutch/German/British co-production Black Book [+see also:
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, a WWIII drama starring Carice van Houten and Sebastian Koch, marks Paul Verhoeven’s return to Europe.

Another European film out today is Annette K. Olesen’s Danish/British drama 1:1 [+see also:
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(Arsenal).

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(Translated from French)

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