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 Q2, 2021
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 visibleBBC WORLD SERVICE
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: Port au Prince Picture, Germany, January 2022
CURVEBALL tells the grotesque, at times even surreal, true story of how the Iraq war was started based on nothing but fake intelligence and the involvement of the German government / German secret service.
DIRECTOR: Johannes Naber
VERSION: German & English (OV) with English subtitles
RUNNING TIME: 108 min
RELEASE: Filmwelt, Germany, date tba
The film’s main asset is the sharp writing of a screenplay which deftly balances humour against the grave implications of an intelligence infrastructure which tailors the facts to suit its current agenda.SCREEN
A pitch-black spy comedy, complete with slapstick 007 chases and a lavish dash of twisted Le Carré-like charactersCINEUROPA
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 May 6, 2021