German Film Week
In our latitudes, German films often evoke an association with an adult XXL movie. In today’s film selection, we will debunk this stereotype and talk about new feature films of various genres produced in Germany.
Grandchildren for beginners
German comedy. Her character is an elderly woman named Karin. She dreams of an active old age. Traveling to New Zealand was her cherished dream, the realization of which she entrusted to her husband. However, her husband is not ready for such serious expenses. Then Karin, on the advice of her husband’s sister, decides to organize her free time in retirement in a different way and become a godmother. With her idea, she also manages to infect an old friend, Gerhard. The last to take care of is a boy from a family of Russian emigrants. Karin, on the other hand, becomes the godmother in a family with a hyperactive teenager, and as a load she also gets his half-sister with a difficult character. However, for all the heroes, their godchildren will bring invaluable life experience and open up new facets and motivation for existence.
Duration: 104 minutes
Wonder Kids: Irregular Wizards
A wonderful family fantasy adventure. German answer to Harry Potter. The main characters are three seventh-graders who come to the secret city of Crailsfelden, which is not in any navigator. Here they go to study at the school of magic. However, wizards among them are useless. After all, Vlad is a young vampire who is sick at the sight of blood, his fairy girlfriend is afraid to fly, and his werewolf friend is allergic to wool and starts sneezing terribly every time he transforms into a beast. As soon as they start their studies, they learn that the headmaster is Lucifer, who planned to return evil spirits to the world of people and plunge him into darkness. However, Vlad seems to have a magical stone given to him by his late mother that can save the day. Friends enthusiastically begin to destroy Lucifer’s plans.
Duration: 97 minutes
Sensual lyrical drama. Undine is a mythical creature, the spirit of water. According to legend, Ondine had an affair with a man she killed after he left her. Undine is also the name of the main character of this new German-French film. On the screen, it is by no means a fantasy, but a completely realistic story, but the viewer constantly feels a reference to mythology and the power of the elements of water. The action takes place in modern Berlin. Undine is a young guide in one of the capital’s museums. She is having a hard time breaking up with her lover, who himself initiated the breakup. At this point, she meets a young diver. Young people fall in love with each other to the point of madness, which ultimately leads to tragedy.
Silver Bear for Best Actress.
Country: Germany, France
Duration: 90 minutes
Adventure family drama based on the novel Lassie by Eric Knight. The novel has been translated into 25 languages and filmed many times. This year, the world received a new adaptation of the tear-jerking story about a collie named Lassie. Her owner is a teenager named Florian. His father works at Count von Sprengel’s glass factory. But the count is ruined, which leaves Florian’s father unemployed. The boy’s mother still has a job, but she is in the process of demolition and is about to give birth to her second child. The family lives with the dog in a rented apartment. However, due to an unfortunate set of circumstances, their landlord demands to get rid of the dog urgently. So Lassie is forced to temporarily move to the estate of Count von Sprengel. This parting is equally experienced by both Florian and Lassie. At some point, the count, along with his granddaughter, needs to go on a journey many kilometers from home, where they decide to take the dog with them. Lassie is even more frightened by her new shift and geography and decides to run away. As the name suggests, she will eventually manage to return home. But what exciting adventures await her along the way!
Duration: 100 minutes
Love between the lines
A sensual and very modern love story. The main character is a young man named Leo. He works as a lecturer in linguistics at the university. One day, his girlfriend unexpectedly tells him about the breakup, and Leo is very upset by this news. Just at this time, he receives an email from a certain Emmy asking him to cancel his subscription to the magazine. The email was sent to Leo by mistake, but a correspondence begins between him and Emmy, which develops into a virtual love. Young people are afraid to destroy the love fantasy they created in the virtual world and agree not to meet in real life. Moreover, Emmy is married and considers herself happy in marriage. But how long will the main characters manage to keep their feelings in check?
Duration: 123 minutes
As the Germans say, "Viel Spab beim Betrachten!" or Happy viewing!