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RELEASES Germany

Schlöndorff’s film hits screens

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As of today, German audiences will have the chance to see a highly original film by the renowned director of The Tin Drum. Having brought several literary works and historical events to the screen (his most recent film, Strike, recounted the birth of the Solidarnosc movement), in Ulzhan [+see also:
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Volker Schlöndorff explores the vast solitary plains of Kazakhstan.

Jean-Claude Carrière's screenplay retraces the experiences of a Frenchman (Philippe Torreton) who leaves his country following a family tragedy and sets out to discover this mysterious land, accompanied by a nomad and a shaman (David Bennent).

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Ulzhan, co-produced by Volksfilm in Potsdam, Fly Times Pictures in Paris and Kazakhfilm in Kazakhstan, is distributed by X Verleih.

NFP is releasing Thomas Heinemann’s comedy Vorne ist verdammt weit weg, about a man (comic actor Frank-Markus Barwasser) who accidentally injures his neighbour and agrees to cover for him as chauffeur to an industrialist while he gets better, soon realising, however, that this job is in jeopardy.

Gmfilms is releasing the documentary Rubljovka – Road to Bliss (produced by Lichtfilm), in which Irene Langemann explores a place that has always attracted the Russian elite and is nowadays synonymous with Putin’s police state and unrestrained capitalism.

This week’s line-up also includes German/Estonian co-production Fed Up!, a road movie by veteran director Peeter Simm combining humour and despair, from Leipzig to Tallin. The film is distributed by Alpha Medienkontor.

Two European titles hit screens this week: the Swiss film for children Heidi and Peter by Franz Schnyder (distributed by Croco Film) and the French/US co-production Hitman [+see also:
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by Xavier Gens (distributed by Fox).

(Translated from French)

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