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RELEASES Germany

Spoiled for choice

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The summer is ending on a note of variety, with ten new titles on release, among which seven European productions (including two co-productions), only one US title, a Japanese film and Mikhail Segal’s Russian drama Franz + Polina (distribution: Za Film).

German cinema is offering three films from three different genres. First up is Granz Henman’s comedy Kein Bund für's Leben. The Wiedemann & Berg production distributed by Constantin tells the story of a high shcool student forced to do military service, who discovers the absurdities of the army and its hierarchy, but also what it means to be a good soldier.

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Novapool is releasing the eponymous drama Karger, Elke Hauck’s prizewinning feature debut at the 2007 Max Ophüls Film Festival.

The title, produced in Berlin by ö-Filmproduktion Löprich & Schlösser GmbH), belongs to the typically German genre of “Heimatfilm". In a semi-documentary style, Hauck tells of how Karger, a metallurgical worker in Sachsen, is forced to leave his job, family and village in search of the unknown.

RealFiction is releasing Christoph Hübner’s documentary Thomas Harlan - Wandersplitter, a biography of a Nazi child, who emigrated to the USSR only to return with regrets and experiences to share through art.

The new European release to watch this week is definitely David Mackenzie’s British film Hallam Foe [+see also:
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, a prizewinner at the 2007 Berlinale. This ode to youth featuring Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot) is on release through Prokino, while Kool is releasing Swiss documentary Hippie Masala, in which Ulrich Grossenbacher and Damaris Lüthi depict the ’68 generation and a fascination for India.

German audiences can also discover UK/French/US co-production The Last Legion, with Colin Firth and Ben Kingsley (dist.: Tobis), and US/EK horror film 28 Weeks Later [+see also:
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, the sequel to Danny Boyle’s 2002 title 28 Days Later, which starred Cillian Murphy. 28 Weeks Later is directed by Spanish helmer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and stars Robert Carlyle (dist.: Fox).

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(Translated from French)

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