Masters & Talents

Bloodsuckers

A Marxist Vampire Comedy

(Blutsauger)
Status: Completed Availability: Screener available

A penniless Soviet refugee who dreams of making a career in Hollywood at the end of the 1920s, falls in love with a wealthy young vampiress spending the summer at the seaside with her awkward servant – with unforeseen consequences.

Radlmaier’s script was praised by the jury as being “extravagant, bizarre, and hilarious” when he was presented with the Golden Lola for Best Unfilmed Screenplay during Berlinale 2019.

 

 

DIRECTOR: Julian Radlmaier
VERSION: German (OV) with French, English Subtitles
RUNNING TIME: 125 min
RELEASE: Grandfilm, Germany Q1, 2022

Press

Bloodsuckers is certainly one of the coolest movies in recent memory in that it is unapologetically itself. It’s a unique blend of art house cinema and cult-classic-to-be that fills a void that we didn’t know existed.
DISAPPOINTMENT MEDIA
Berlin Hidden Gem: Karl Marx, Sergei Eisenstein and Bourgeois Vampires Unite in 'Bloodsuckers'.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
in the absurdly grotesque reality of Radlmeier's film, traces of Kharms' aesthetics are clearly visible
BBC WORLD SERVICE

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Caged Birds

(Bis wir tot sind oder frei)
Status: Completed Availability: Screener available

Barbara Hug is a young radical lawyer fighting Switzer­land’s anti­quated prison system in the 1980s. Walter Stürm is a charmer and chancer. Taunting the esta­blish­ment with his outrageous thefts and media savvy he’s in and often escaping out of jail and becomes known as the Jailbreak King. When the two meet an unlikely alliance is formed. Barbara wants to use Walter’s popularity for her social reform goals. But the less Walter yields to her reasoning, the more she falls for the fascination of his uncompromising desire for freedom. Walter becomes the rock against which she beats in vain and will grow. A radical partnership conflicting priorities between state repression and personal freedom.

DIRECTOR: Oliver Rihs
VERSION: Swiss-German & German (OV) with English, French, German Subtitles
RUNNING TIME: 118 min
RELEASE: Ascot Elite, Switzerland, November 25, 2021 | Port au Prince Picture, Germany, January 2022

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Monte Verità

(Monte Verità - Der Rausch der Freiheit)
Status: Completed Availability: Screener available

1906. Hanna Leitner, a young mother, longs for nothing more than to break free from her role of middle-class mom and society’s strictures. She abandons her family and flees to the sanatorium at Monte Verità. There, in the idyllic countryside of southern Switzerland and the passionate pursuit of her art, Hanna soon has to face making a decision that is tearing her apart: can she go back to her family without surrendering herself?

Based on true events: the world’s first hippy commune.

DIRECTOR: Stefan Jäger
VERSION: German & Italian (OV) with English, Italian & French subtitles
RUNNING TIME: 110 min
RELEASE: DCM Film Distribution, August 26, 2021 (Switzerland) | December 2, 2021 (Germany)

Dear Mr. Führer

(Das Glaszimmer)
Status: Completed Availability: Screener available
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1945, just before the end of the Second World War: ANNA and her 11-year-old son FELIX have to flee bombed out Munich for the countryside. While ANNA has a very tough time playing the convinced National Socialist, Felix is increasingly seduced by the Nazi propaganda and their supporters.

The film is based on the childhood memories of the scriptwriter Josef Einwanger.

DIRECTOR: Christian Lerch
VERSION: German (OV) with English Subtitles
RUNNING TIME: 94 min
RELEASE: Farbfilm, Germany November, 2021

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