Review

Films 2013

Barbara

Genre: Drama
color, 104 Min.
Age restriction: 16 years of age
Germany 2012


Summer 1980 in the GDR. The doctor Barbara made an emigration application. But then she got transferred for disciplinary reasons from the capital to a little hospital in the province. Jörg, her lover from the west prepares her escape across the Baltic Sea. The new apartment, the neighbours, the summer and the country don´t stir her emotions anymore. She works at the paediatric surgery department under the administration of her new Boss André, who confuses her: His trustfulness in her abilities, his welfare and his smile. Why does he cover her commitment for the young runaway Stella? Is he slated on her? Is he in love? Barbara begins to have doubts about her feelings and plans but the day of her escape comes closer and closer.

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Genre Drama
Location Germany
Year 2012
Director Christian Petzold
Screenplay Christian Petzold
Starring Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Rainer Bock, Christina Hecke
Length 105 minutes
Screenings Hanoi, Hai Phong, Thai Nguyen, Hué, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City
Awards ● "Silberner Bär" at Berlinale 2012 (best director)
● 2nd place at Deutscher Filmpreis 2012 (best picture)
● Preis der deutschen Filmkritik 2012 (best picture, best film editing)

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Victor and the Secret of Crocodile Mansion

Genre: Children’s film
color, 83 Min.
Age restriction: 6 years of age
Germany 2012

When the parents of little Victor leave for a business trip, he goes for an exploratory walk through the big, old mansion that the family just moved into. He finds a small stuffed crocodile and the diary of his distant cousin Cäcilie who died under mysterious circumstances in the very house. The diary contains hints that could lead to the truth about the death of Cäcilie. Together with his older sisters Cora and Louise, Victor heads off to solve the puzzle. Do the residents of the first floor, Misses Debisch and her son Friedrich, have anything to do with it?

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Genre Children’s film
Location Germany
Year 2012
Director Cyril Boss, Philipp Stennert
Screenplay Eckhard Vollmar, Cyrill Boss, Philipp Stennert, Helmut Ballot, Kevin Wotschke
Starring Kristo Ferkic, Joanna Ferkic, Vijessna Ferkic, Christoph Maria Herbst, Gudrun Ritter, Waldemar Kobus, Elena Oechsner, Uwe Friedrichsen, Susanne Berckhemer Dieter Schaad
Length 83 minutes
Screenings Hanoi, Thai Nguyen, Hai Phong, Hué, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City
Awards ● Bayerischer Filmpreis 2012 (best director)
● Nominated for Deutscher Filmpreis 2012
● Gryphon Award Best Film 10+

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Stopped on Track

Genre: Drama
color, 109 Min.
Age restriction: 16 years of age
Germany 2011

Frank and Simone are living their dream together with their two children in a row home in the suburbs of a small city. They are a happy couple until Frank gets the diagnosis that he suffers from an inoperable brain tumour. Out of the blue, the family is confronted with inevitable death. In a moving, but at the same time unsentimental way, Andreas Dresen’s drama shows how to deal with the process of dying in the familiar circle and alone, apart from hospitals and terminal care.

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Genre Drama
Location Germany
Year 2012
Director Andreas Dresen
Screenplay Andreas Dresen, Cooky Ziesche
Starring Milan Peschel, Steffi Kühnert
Length 109 minutes
Screenings Hanoi, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City
Awards ● Un Certain Regard 2011 (Cannes)
● Bayerischer Filmpreis 2011 (Producer, Acting)
● Preis der deutschen Filmkritik 2011 (Best Film, Best Actor)

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HELL

Genre: Post-apocalyptic thriller
color, 89 Min.
Age restriction: 16 years of age
Germany / Switzerland 2011

Once she gave life. But now the sun has turned the entire earth into a lifeless wasteland and people have fled the cities, because they are barely able to find food or water. Those who protect themselves against the glaring rays of the sun have a chance to survive. Marie sets out with her little sister Leonie and acquaintance Phillip in a lightproof car towards the mountains where they are supposed to find water! Along the way they meet Tom. He turns out to be a perfect mechanic and becomes indispensable. But can they trust him? The tension in the small group is growing gradually. Then the four are lured into an ambush. A life-and-death struggle begins…

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Genre Post-apocalyptic thriller
Location Germany / Switzerland
Year 2011
Director Tim Fehlbaum
Screenplay Tim Fehlbaum, Oliver Kahl, Thomas Wöbke
Starring Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Rainer Bock, Christina Hecke
Length 89 minutes
Screenings Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City

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Kaddish for a friend

Genre: Tragicomedy
color, 94 Min.
Germany 2011

Having escaped the war in Palestine, fourteen-year-old Ali lives with his family in Berlin-Kreuzberg. With his geographical background, Ali Messalam has learned to hate “the Jews” from an early age on. In Germany he tries to fit into the new environment - to gain recognition by his fellow Arab youths, he has to prove himself. In a test of courage, he breaks into the apartment of his Russian neighbour Alexander Zamskoy, an 84-year old Jewish WWII veteran. But Alexander comes home early and reports Ali to the police. To avoid being sentenced and deported, Ali must make amends to the man he has wronged, and an intense friendship develops.

Inspired by a true story, Moscowborn German director Leo Khasin, in his debut, keeps a firm reign on the material, never letting excessive sentimentality overwhelm the engrossing narrative.

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Genre Tragicomedy
Location Germany
Year 2011
Director Leo Khasin
Screenplay Leo Khasin
Starring Ryszard Ronczewski, Neil Belakhdar, Sanam Afrashteh, Neil Malik Abdullah, Heinz W. Krückeberg, Anna Böttcher
Length 94 minutes
Screenings Hanoi, Thai Nguyen, Hai Phong, Hué, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City
Awards ● Special Jury Award (Tashkent 2011)
● Audience Award (Boston 2011)
● Audience Favorite (Washington D.C. 2011)
● Special Mention (Giffoni 2011)
● Castello d’Oro & Fuori le Mura Awards (Castellinaria Bellinzona 2011)

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Animals United – Adventure in Africa

Genre: Animation/Family
color, 93 Min.
Age restriction: 6 years of age
Germany 2010

The animals in the African Savanna are wondering: Where is the water? Long ago it should have come through a canyon from the faraway mountains. The animals are getting thirstier and ever more worried, since the last little waterhole is defended by grumpy buffalos and rhinos. So the bold meerkat Billy and the peaceful lion Sokrates leave their home to look out for water. On their way they meet the Gallic cock Charles who has led a polar bear, a kangaroo, a Tasmanian devil and two Galapagos-tortoises to Africa. They had to leave their home and now hope for a better life in the Okavango-Delta. But humans did not even spare this last paradise: hotel owner Smith has built a gigantic dam and uses the entire water for his luxurious hotel. Just here politicians are holding a conference to discuss the protection of the environment. The animals then answer with their own conference to finally defend themselves.

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Genre Animation/Family
Location Germany
Year 2010
Director Holger Tappe, Reinhard Klooss
Screenplay Oliver Huzly, Reinhard Klooss
Dubbing Ralf Schmitz, Thomas Fritsch, Christoph Maria Herbst, Bastian Pastewka, Oliver Kalkofe,Nana Spier, Dirk Petrick, Tilo Schmitz, Constantin von Jascheroff
Length 93 minutes
Screenings Hanoi, Thai Nguyen, Hai Phong, Hué, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City

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Sound of Heimat – Germany sings!

Genre: Documentary film
color, 93 Min.
Germany 2012

Why don’t Germans sing? Where have they gone, the German folk songs of old? Musician Hayden Chisholm, a New Zealander with Scottish ancestors, travels through Germany in search of a tradition its people have somehow lost. It’s a road flick that takes us from Cologne to Bavaria, from the Vogtland and the Ore Mountains to the Buchenwald memorial and finally to the country’s northern tip at Flensburg. Everywhere Hayden meets people who care for their musical roots and interpret them in unique ways, from traditional to contemporary. Soon there emerges a surprising impression of a lively, inventive and productive music scene, a far cry from trashy and kitschy image that German television continously spreads via music and casting shows, does German folk still exist?

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Genre Documentary film
Location Germany
Year 2012
Director Arne Birkenstock, Jan Tengeler
Screenplay Arne Birkenstock, Jan Tengeler
Starring Hayden Chrisholm
Length 93 minutes
Screenings Hanoi, Hai Phong, Hué, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City

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Four Days in May

Genre: Drama (War)
color, 97 Min.
Age restriction: 16 years of age
Germany 2010/2011

Four days before the end of World War II, a Soviet patrol occupies an orphanage on the German Baltic coast. 13-year-old Peter, who lost his father and mother during the war, dreams of being a soldier and achieving the "final victory" for Germany. Although a German army unit is lying at anchor by the sea at short sight, it comes to no more battle as both sides, tired of fighting, yearn for the approaching end of the war. In this situation, an unusual convergence between Russian soldiers and German civilians emerges. When Peter meets the Russian captain Kalmykov, he realizes that his hatred for any non-German is unfounded. On the contrary, Kalmykov will soon become a fatherly friend and the Russian soldier feels reminded of his deceased son by the young boy. But when further Russian troops approach, events take a dramatic twist.

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Genre Drama (War)
Location Germany
Year 2010/2011
Director Achim von Borries
Screenplay Achim von Borries
Starring Pavel Wenzel, Aleksei Guskov, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Angelina Häntsch, Gertrud Roll, Petra Kelling, Merab Ninidze, Martin Brambach, Gerald Alexander Held, Veit Stübner
Length 97 minutes
Screenings Hanoi, Hai Phong, Hué, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City
Awards ● “Golden Boat“ (Window to Europe festival Vyborg)

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Vincent wants to sea

Genre: Tragicomedy
color, 96 Min.
Germany 2010

The death of his mother pulls Vincent, who suffers from Tourette-Syndrome, out of his sheltered and isolated world and confronts him with the reality of a nursing home. Together with Marie, who has eating disorders, and the extremely neurotic Alex, he starts a turbulent road trip to Italy to scatter the ashes of his mother into the sea. For the lovable but odd trio the escape out of the nursing home becomes the starting point for an independent life. The dynamic story manhandles the balancing act between a touching medical story and an entertaining roadmovie.

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Genre Tragicomedy
Location Germany
Year 2010
Director Ralf Huettner
Screenplay Florian David Fitz
Starring Florian David Fitz, Karoline Herfurth, Johannes Allmayer, Heino Ferch
Length 96 minutes
Screenings Thai Nguyen, Hai Phong, Hué, Nha Trang
Awards ● German Film Prize 2011 for Best Film

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Home for the Weekend

Genre: Drama
color, 88 Min.
Age restriction: 16 years of age
Germany 2012

Marko, who has left home to live in Berlin, is visiting his parents for the weekend. Surprisingly for everyone, his mother Gitte claims that she has finally overcome her mental illness and discontinues medication because she is now completely sane. While all other members of the family continue to handle the mother like a patient, Marko begins to treat Gitte as a full-fledged of the family member. This alteration throws the family relations out of balance and creates serious tensions.

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Genre Drama
Location Germany
Year 2012
Director Hans Christian Schmid
Screenplay Bernd Lange
Starring Lars Eidinger, Corinna Harfouch, Sebastian Zimmler, Ernst Stötzner, Picco von Groote
Length 88 minutes
Screenings Hanoi, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City

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