Tag: germany

Trailer Premiere for German Thriller "Luna's Revenge"

A first trailer just dropped for Khaled Kaissar's directorial debut "Luna's Revenge" which recently premiered at the Film Fest Munich. Featuring many German stars such as Bibiana Beglau, Benjamin Sadler, Branko Tomovic, Rainer Bock, Annika Blendl, Alexander Beyer, Genija Rykova...

DARK Teaser Is Certainly Dark and Certainly German

Did anyone else avoid seeing Jamie Foxx in Sleepless because it looked like a standard-issue Hollywood remake of a terrific French original (Nuit blanche, aka Sleepless Night)? The remake hit U.S. theaters in January and then quietly disappeared, but director...

Locarno 2017 Review: MRS. FANG Waits for Death in Wang Bing's Contemplative, Uneasy Offering

The chronicler and filmmaker Wang Bing introduces yet another invaluable volume into the annals of contemporary Chinese society notwhistanding the great matter of death grasped with dignity albeit without compromising its importance.

Review: NOCTURAMA, Bertrand Bonello's Controversial Cinematic Stunt Is Not as Scary as Reality

With Nocturama, Bonello might be reflecting the bottled up anger and blowing off steam of young people in the chaotic world which they inherited. But I wish it is that simple. Because we all know that the world we are living in now is much darker and much more sinister place, unfortunately.

IT to Open Germany's Fantasy Filmfest

Andrés Muschietti's hotly anticipated adaptation of Stephen King's It will open the Fantasy Filmfest in Munich, Germany. The festival runs September 6 - 16. The festival's 2017 lineup already includes a number of eagerly awaited titles, including Paco Plaza's (REC) Veronica,...

Review: THE UNTAMED, Riveting and Shocking, It Needs to Be Watched to Be Believed

One of the reasons that I love fantastic genre film is that it can often find the most relevant and interesting metaphors for dealing with issues of social life, be they cultural, political, or sexual. The Untamed, which won the...

Review: PERSONAL SHOPPER, Kristen Stewart, Restless Spirits and Luxury Goods

French critic-turned-filmmaker Olivier Assayas has always had a knack for combining verité, day-to-day life with stylish genre elements. His previous film, The Clouds of Sils Maria, coaxed a assured performance out of Kristen Stewart as a confident personal assistant to a...

Berlinale 2017 Review: DREAM BOAT Gives Cruising A Whole New Meaning

When you think of luxury cruises, you probably picture old couples and families setting off into the sunset - a sort of world tour that never has to forego the comforts of home. Well, Tristan Ferland Milewski's Dream Boat isn't that at...

Blu-ray Review: Fassbinder's FOX AND HIS FRIENDS Cuts Just As Deep 40 Years Later

Rainer Wener Fassbinder has always been an artist I've respected by reputation, rather than through a deep knowledge or understanding of his work. In fact, I've only see a handful of Fassbinder films and I will admit to tapping out...

VIVA BERLIN: Watch The German Zombie Web Series Now!

It was way, way waaaaaaaaay back in 2011 that we first shared the trailer for Moritz Mohr's German zombie web series Viva Berlin. The whole Walking Dead thing hadn't happened at that point and there was some speculation about whether...

Review: ELLE, Sordid Without Being Exploitational

Paul Verhoeven is one of the more unique directors in cinema history. As perhaps the most famous Dutch auteur, he's gone from ribald little European films to the biggest of Hollywood bangs, incorporating his unique wit, visual sense and narrative...

WE ARE THE TIDE (WIR SIND DIE FLUT): Watch The Trailer For The Classy German SciFi Mystery

Following its debut as part of the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival, director Sebastian Hilger's We Are The Tide (Wir Sind Die Flut) will hit German screens next month. And as part of the lead up to public release a...

WONDERLAND Trailer: 10 Directors Unite for Swiss Sci-fi Anthology

Ten directors representing a new generation of Swiss people unite in Wonderalnd (original title: Heimatand), a sci-fi tinged omnibus of tales united by a disaster-afflicted Switzerland. In the film, an epic storm cloud of unknown origin settles over Switzerland, causing...

Germany's IMMIGRATION GAME Proposes A New Running Man For The Current Age

German actor and stunt performer Mathis Landwehr has been on the radar in these parts for years now, ranking - in our opinion, at least - as one of the world's most underrated screen fighters. And he takes a dual...

Now on Blu-ray: DER BUNKER Comes Out of Hiding

Just in time for the beginning of the school year, Nikias Chryssos' Der Bunker arrives on Blu-ray and DVD. It is a strange one. Quoting from the official synopsis: "A student (Pit Bukowski, Der Samurai) rents a room in a...

Exclusive Clip: EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT, "Now He Will Cure Us All!"

After a successful festival run last year, Embrace of the Serpent opened in select theaters in New York and Los Angeles last weekend. Our own Patrick Holzapfel wrote in part: "It is one of those films that rarely gets made,...

SEX & CRIME: German Comic Thriller Offers Plenty Of Both

A one night dalliance goes very wrong, indeed, in Paul Müller's German crime comedy Sex & Crime. When Valentin receives a late night phone call from his best friend Theo he may not have been entirely surprised to hear that...

Now On Blu-ray: Wim Wenders' THE AMERICAN FRIEND On Criterion

It's startling to me that The American Friend, a pitch-black film noir, remains so fresh and vibrant. Originally released in 1977, the film was part of a wave of "New German Cinema" that swept beyond the country's borders to international...

Review: THE WONDERS, A Poetic Realist Portrait Of Painful Adolescence

The Wonders (Le meraviglie) is a poetic realist portrait of painful adolescence. Director Alice Rohrwacher tells a slight coming of age tale infused with melancholy, hardship but not without a sense of beauty. Gone is the Italy of opulence and...

Review: VICTORIA, The Year's Most Immersive Film

"You just had to be there." In a post-FOMO (fear of missing out) age this phrase is tantamount to death. "You just had to be there." It's what I said to Twitch Editor Ben Umstead as we walked out of...