Review

Films 2014

Visitors

Genre: Drama
Colored, 92 Minutes
Age restriction: 16 Years
Germany /2012

For the screenings on the opening night of the German Film Festival in Hanoi, Danang and Hue, and for the screening in HCMC, the director Constanze Knoche and the screenplay writer Leis Bagdach from Germany will be present and talk about the film.

When Jakob (59) surprises his three grown-up children with a visit in Berlin, they start to panic: With hands and feet they try to hide their lack of independence from his father and themselves. But step by step, the spontaneous action of a usually not at all spontaneous man turns to be a pleasant shock therapy for all family members – including Hanna, Jakob’s wife and mother of the children, who completes the family. With pointed dialogues, VISITORS tells the story of the reconciliation of a family that has drifted apart long ago. At the end one realizes that not only children have to emancipate from their parents, but above all the parents have to emancipate from their children.

Genre Drama
Places Germany
Year 2012
Director Constanze Knoche
Screenplay Constanze Knoche, Leis Bagdach
Cast Uwe Kockisch, Corinna Kirchhoff, Anjorka Strechel, Anne Müller, Jakob Diehl, Irina Potapenko, Bernhard Schütz
Length 92 minutes
Awards SAO PAULO International Filmfestival 2012, SLAMDANCE Filmfestival 2013, SHANGHAI Int'l Filmfestival 2013

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Parents

Genre: Comedy
Colored, 100 Minutes
Age restriction: 12 years
Germany/2013

Christine and Konrad are living the “modern family”: He stays at home and takes care of the children and the household; she earns the family’s money as future assistant medical director. But as Konrad gets an attractive offer as theatre director and senses his second chance, the family management faces big challenges: The Argentinian Au-Pair turns to be a big mistake, the difficult daughter Käthe (10) keenly refuses anything and Emma (5) longs for the successor of her recently deceased hamster Specky. Konrad’s reel change from full-time father to an executive director is harder than he had imagined and Christine comes up against her limits when switching from the op to cooking for her children. Only when Konrad helter-skelter disappears and takes a time out from family life, everybody understands that something fundamental has to change…

Genre Comedy
Places Germany
Year 2013
Director Robert Thalheim
Screenplay Robert Thalheim, Jane Ainscough
Cast Christiane Paul, Charly Hübner, Paraschiva Dragus, Clara Lago, Jannis Niewöhner, Maren Eggert
Length 100 minutes

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Exit Marrakech

Genre: Drama, Adventure
Colored, 122 Minutes
Age restriction: 12 Years
Germany/Marocco /2013

When the 17-year-old Ben visits his father Heinrich, an acclaimed director who participates in an international theater festival in Marrakech, for him does not begin a fairy tale from the Thousand and One Night.

His environment is as strange as his divorced father with whom he has to spend the summer vacation for the first time since a long time. While the two are drifting apart, Ben open up himself more and more for the foreign country and is looking up its own way in the unknown world, far away from father's luxury hotel. He falls in love with the young Karima and follows her to her remote home village in the Atlas Mountains. When Ben does not answer for some days, Heinrich starts to be in search of his missing son first reluctantly, then increasingly concerned. While they both travel to the foreign country, everything seems to be possible: to lose finally or to find each other again...

Genre Drama, Adventure
Places Germany, Marocco
Year 2013
Director Caroline Link
Screenplay Caroline Link
Cast Ulrich Tukur, Samuel Schneider, Hafsia Herzi, Marie-Lou Sellem, Josef Bierbichler
Length 122 minutes
Awards FESTIVALS Munich 2013, Toronto 2013, Festival do Rio 2013, Zurich 2013, Warsaw 2013, Hamptons 2013

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Fack Ju Göhte

Genre: Comedy
Colored, 119 minutes
Age restriction: from 16 Years
Germany/2013

Now starts director and screenwriter Bora Dagtekin another assault on the laugh muscles and against the petit bourgeois narrow-mindedness in German staffrooms. FACK JU GÖHTE tells of overburdened teachers and crazy students and mixes the genre school comedy with crude sayings and pointed dialogues.

Such a temporary teacher like Zeki Müller ( Elyas M'Barek ) the hypercorrect trainee teacher Lisi Schnabelstedt ( Karoline Herfurth ) never has experienced: He looks awesome, has a smarter mouth than the students and with his harsh teaching methods he get on top of the students, even the chaotic Class 10b. Who the hell is this guy? ' Mr Müller' comes freshly out of jail and wants his loot, which is buried under the new gymnasium at the Goethe- comprehensive school. But when Lisi reveals the criminal secret, she is already captivated by Zeki's rough charm long time ago.

Genre Comedy
Places Germany
Year 2013
Director Bora Dagtekin
Screenplay Bora Dagtekin
Cast Elyas M'Barek, Karoline Herfurth, Katja Riemann
Length 119 minutes

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Color of the Ocean

Colored, 95 Minutes, Germany/Spain 2010/2011
Director and screenplay: Maggie Peren
Age restriction: from 12 years

José’s job is not for the delicate. As an officer with the Canary Islands border police, each day, he must decide the fate of hundreds of African refugees. His helplessness in the face of a constant flow of desperate people has made him cynical and hard-hearted. But Nathalie, a German tourist, reacts not at all cynically to the poor souls struggling to enter the European Union. While witnessing a tragic boat accident just off the coast, she tries to help survivor Zola and his little son Mamadou, who have been stranded beneath the palm trees. It’s not as easy as it seems. Instead of helping them to freedom, Nathalie’s good intentions send the pair straight for disaster. “Color of the Ocean” is a cutting-edge film about Europe’s humanitarian and political problems in dealing with the African immigration flow.

Genre Drama
Places Germany, Spain
Year 2010/2011
Director Maggie Peren
Screenplay Maggie Peren
Cast Sabine Timoteo , Hubert Koundé, Alex González, Friedrich Mücke , Nathalie Poza , Dami Adeeri , Alba Alonso, Esosa Omo
Lengthe 95 minutes
Awards Bayerischer Filmpreis 2012: VGF-Nachwuchsproduzentenpreis
Filmtage Hof 2011: Förderpreis Deutscher Film - Szenenbild
Filmfest München 2011: Bernhard Wicki Filmpreis

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Der Geschmack von Apfelkernen

Genre: Drama
Colored, 120 minutes
Age restriction: 16 years of age
Germany/2013

When her grandmother Bertha died, Iris inherits her house. After many years, this young woman is standing inside the old house of her grandmother again where she used to play dress-up with her cousin during summer holidays. She wanders through the rooms and the overgrown garden, and the longer she stays, the more intensive her memories become. Old family stories and impressions from her childhood, impressions on what her mother used to tell about her sisters, and Iris‘ own memories of an accident where her cousin died… so many stories, so many secrets.

Iris stays one week inside the house. She doesn’t even know whether she wants to keep it. She swims in a lake, has a visit, kisses the brother of a former friend and paints a wall. While going from room to room, she goes through her own memories and her own forgetting: What has her grandfather really done before going to war? Which men did Bertha’s daughters love? Who has eaten his apple with its seeds? Finally, Iris gets back to the night when her cousin Rosmarie had the accident: What has Rosmarie done on the rooftop of the winter garden? And did she want to tell Iris something before?

Genre Drama
Places Germany
Year 2013
Director Vivian Naefe
Screenplay Rochus Hahn and Uschi Reich
Cast Hannah Herzsprung, Florian Stetter, Marie Bäumer
Length 120 minutes

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The Little Ghost

Genre: Children’s movie/Family/Fantasy
Colored, 92 Minutes
Age Restriction: None
Germany/2010

Since time immemorial, a little night ghost has lived in the castle Eulenstein. During the day it lives a secluded life in its castle and sleeps in a chest in the attic. But at night it awakens and moves around the hallways. Its biggest wish is to see the world by daylight one day. But neither the little ghost nor his only friend, the eagle owl Schluhu, know how to do this. One day, the pupil Karl goes on a night ramble through the castle Eulenstein and meets the ghost. Excitedly he tells all his classmates about what happened, but not even his best friends Marie and Hannes would believe him. The encounter shall not be without consequences: When the little ghost wakes up the next day, it is suddenly not midnight, but noon! So for the first time, the little ghost is hit by sunlight and turns black. Outside of the castle, the sight of the black ghost puts everybody in a cold sweat – right on Eulenstein’s 375-year-anniversary-celebration. Only Karl and his friends support the little ghost. Can they together save the little ghost?

Genre Children’s movie/ Family/ Fantasy
Places Germany
Year 2010
Director Alain Gsponer
Screenplay Martin Ritzenhoff
Cast Jonas Holdenrieder, Emily Kusche, Nico Hartung
Length 92 Minutes

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Ruby Red

Genre: Drama/Fantasy/Mystery
Colored, 122 minutes
Age restriction: 12 years of age
Germany/2013

Basically Gwendolyn aka Gwen is a relatively normal 16-year-old from London: She visits the 10th class of the Saint Lennox High School and her grades are relatively good. She has a best friend named Leslie and very wiry relatives along with her conceited cousin Charlotte.

But her family has a secret: Cousin Charlotte is a time traveler. At least that is what everybody thinks. For her earliest days the has been prepared to travel through time. Now it seems to be the moment for Charlotte to travel to the past for the first time.

But confusingly, suddenly Gwen instead of Charlotte finds herself in the past turn of the century. Gwen does not only have to cope with the anger in her family but also with the surprising happenings in London at the turn of the century. All this gets even more complicated as Gwen falls in love – with somebody from another century!

Genre Drama/Fantasy/Mystery
Locations Germany
Year 2013
Director Felix Fuchssteiner
Screenplay Katharina Schöde
Cast Maria Ehrich, Jannis Niewöhner, Veronica Ferres
Length 122 minutes

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Scherbenpark

Genre: Drama
Colour, 91 minutes
From 16 Years
Germany/2013

Sascha (17) is a young fearless and incredibly shrewd woman who lives in „Broken Glass Park“, an incredibly depressing, rough neighborhood in a large German city. Some years ago, she saw her stepfather Vadim E. murdering her own mother. Since then, she seeks revenge. One day she reads a newspaper article which depicts the murderer as reformed and remorseful sinner. The responsible newspaper editor Volker Trebur then gets to feel the full force of her rage. He sincerely regrets and offers his help. Spontaneously, Sascha moves in with him and his son Felix, and comes hurtling into an educated, middle-class milieu. It functions according to entirely different rules than those found in “Broken Glass Park”. Sascha is drawn to Felix as well as to his charismatic father Volker and a gentle love triangle develops. After many complications Sascha finds her own way.

Genre Drama
Location Deutschland
Year 2013
Director Bettina Blümner
Screenplay Katharina Kress
Cast Jasna Fritzi Bauer, Ulrich Noethen, Max Hegewald
Length 91 minutes
Awards Nachwuchsdarstellerpreis & Fritz-Raff-Drehbuchpreis (Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis 2013);
Publikumspreis,
Preis der CineStar,
Preis der Jury der deutschsprachigen Filmkritik (Filmkunstfest Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 2013);
Preis des Landes Südtirol für den besten Spielfilm (Bozner Filmtage 2014)

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Two lives

Genre: Drama/Thriller
Colored, 97 minutes
Age restriction: 16 years
Deutschland/Norway/2012

As the Berlin Wall fell and Europe reformed, Katrine’s life in Norway gets out of hand. Suddenly everything is different, her family, her love, her happiness are threatened. To prevent her secret from coming to light, she has to return to her old life against her wishes. Who is she really?

Skillfully and professionally, Katrine covers her tracks from her past, but gets caught up in an entanglement of lies and contradictions. Her secret is under threat of being exposed. Desperately, she tries to protect her fragile happiness. But she is both perpetrator and victim. This is all about truth and lie, death or life.

Can there be happiness in the wrong life?

Genre Drama
Locations Germany/ Norway
Year 2012
Director Georg Maas
Screenplay Georg Maas, Christoph Tölle, Ståle Stein Berg, Judith Kaufmann
Cast Juliane Köhler, Liv Ullmann, Sven Nordin, Ken Duken
Length 97 minutes
Awards 2012 Filmfestival Hauptpreis ‘Bester Film’ Biberach, NDR Publikumspreis,
2013 Audi Festival of German Films in Australia: Gewinner des Publikumspreises,
Filmfestival Würzburg 2013: 2. Platz und Publikumspreis

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