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'Gundermann' wins big at Germany's Lola Awards

'Gundermann' wins big at Germany's Lola Awards
Andreas Dresen’s biopic wins six prizes from 10 nominations.

Andreas Dresen’s biopic Gundermann was the big winner at this year’s German Film Awards, taking home six Lolas at the weekend’s gala in Berlin after receiving a record 10 nominations.

The production by Pandora Film Produktion and Kineo Filmproduktion received the evening’s top award, the Lola in Gold for best feature film, as well as the Lolas for best director (Dresen), screenplay (Laila Stieler), lead actor (Alexander Scheer), production design (Susanne Hopf) and costume design (Sabine Greunig).

Accepting his Lola for best director - his third win in
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Growing side by side by Anne-Katrin Titze

Susanne Wolff is a force to be reckoned with in Styx Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Wolfgang Fischer's impassioned Styx, co-written with Ika Künzel, shot by Benedict Neuenfels, and edited by Monika Willi, takes us on an unexpected journey. Rike is a German emergency doctor. She sails alone, heading to Ascension Island in the South Atlantic, where Charles Darwin experimented with the coexistence of native and non-native flora and fauna.

Wolfgang Fischer on Susanne Wolff as Rike: "It was important that she's an emergency doctor, she's got the skills."

After a violent storm, Rike finds herself confronted with a leaky, sinking, overcrowded fishing boat carrying desperate refugees. One of them, a boy with a bracelet spelling out Kingsley (Gedion Oduor Wekesa), manages to swim over to her. What is she to do? The Coast Guard seem to be stalling...
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All is not lost by Anne-Katrin Titze

Susanne Wolff with Styx director Wolfgang Fischer on rescuing Kingsley (Gedion Oduor Wekesa): "I remember that we had a rehearsal to check out how difficult it is." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

When Volker Schlöndorff was filming Return To Montauk near Lincoln Center and on the steps of the New York Public Library with Stellan Skarsgård, Nina Hoss, Susanne Wolff, Bronagh Gallagher, Isioma Laborde-Edozien, and Mathias Sanders, he introduced me to the cast and his co-writer Colm Tóibín. At Film Forum before the Us theatrical premiere of Wolfgang Fischer’s Styx, I spoke with the director and his formidable star Susanne Wolff about the challenges of shooting on the high seas and how Jc Chandor's All Is Lost with Robert Redford did not encounter the same obstacles.

Susanne Wolff is Rieke in Wolfgang Fischer's Styx: "90% of the movie we shot on open ocean."

Wolfgang Fischer's impassioned Styx, co-written with Ika Künzel and shot by Benedict Neuenfels,
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Refugee drama Styx gets a UK trailer

Ahead of its UK release this April, a trailer has arrived online for upcoming drama Styx. Directed by Wolfgang Fischer, the film stars Susanne Wolff as woman who while sailing through the Atlantic alone is forced to make a life or death decision when she encounters a damaged boat overloaded with desperate refugees; watch it here…

Emergency doctor Rieke (Susanne Wolff) embodies a Western ideal of happiness and success. On holiday, she attempts to fulfil a long-held dream by sailing alone from Gibraltar to Ascension Island in the Atlantic. But her trip drastically changes course when she encounters a damaged boat overloaded with desperate of refugees. Stricken by their plight, she tries her best to help them, but as time goes by and the situation worsens, she is forced to make a life or death decision.

Styx is set for release on April 26th in the UK.

The post Refugee
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‘Styx’ Review: ‘All Is Lost’ Collides with the Refugee Crisis in Powerful German Thriller

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‘Styx’ Review: ‘All Is Lost’ Collides with the Refugee Crisis in Powerful German Thriller
A blunt, breathless, and astoundingly unsentimental morality play that’s told with the intensity of a ticking-clock thriller, Wolfgang Fischer’s “Styx” is every bit as ominous as its title suggests, and far less fanciful. A German emergency doctor named Rieke (Susanne Wolff) takes a well-deserved vacation from her long nights of saving lives, and flies to the sunny rocks of Gibraltar in order to fulfill one of her forever dreams. Completely by herself on an 11-meter yacht without any connection to the outside world except for the boat’s radio, she’s sailing to Ascension Island, a volcanic speck located halfway between West Africa and Brazil. Rieke longs to see the jungle that Charles Darwin once designed for the island: “Wild, untouched nature that was actually planned.” And she longs to do it alone. For a man, that might seem like a bit of bravado; for a woman, it
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‘Styx’: Susanne Wolff and Existential Terror Keep This High Seas Drama Afloat [Review]

Typically, movies involving one person in the ocean are never happy stories. You either get stranded at sea (“All Is Lost”), attacked by sharks (“The Shallows”), or trapped on a raft Sam Claflin (“Adrift”). Admittedly, all three of the aforementioned scenarios might all be blessings depending on who you are. Feel-good films featuring a prominent role for the ocean simply do not exist, and “Styx” does very little to alter this cinematic pattern.

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Rotterdam 2019: ‘Bloody Marie’

Rotterdam 2019: ‘Bloody Marie’
Set in the notorious picturesque red light district in Amsterdam, the fllm opens on the drunken antics of an attractive woman in a bar who often gets into arguments with men when drunk.

Marie Wankelmut, once successful comic artist, lives among the prostitutes in Amsterdam’s Red Light District. Nowadays drunken and bold, she gets into one conflict after another. A gruesome sobering event at her neighbors, forces her to take action.

Marie shares her acute alcoholic binges with her mother whom we meet as she is passed out in her apartment along with her daughter.

Any resemblance to Fatih Akin’s recent dive bar serial killer movie The Golden Glove stops there.

One day, a fellow barfly magicaly claims ro “know her”. He resemales a creature from a fairy tale, very short wih a manly face and a prominent beak-like nose and he claims to have prescient powers.

Watch the trailer here.
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New Us Trailer for Silent Sailing Thriller 'Styx' Starring Susanne Wolff

Film Movement has debuted an official Us trailer for a dramatic thriller titled Styx, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival last year to quite a bit of worthy acclaim. This mostly-silent film is about a woman who decides to embark on a solo sailing journey from Europe to to Ascension Island in the Atlantic Ocean. Not only does she encounter a violent storm that nearly kills her, she encounters something else that changes her forever. Susanne Wolff stars in this, giving an incredible performance that carries the entire film. I saw this in Berlin last year and I loved it, writing a glowing review saying: "the film shows just how powerful silent storytelling can be, all we need is to watch what's happening and look closely at the details, and it will all make sense." This film is a hard sell, so the trailer not only shows the big
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Film Movement acquires Toronto selection 'Styx' (exclusive)

Thriller won awards after world premiere in Berlin.

Film Movement has acquired all North American rights from Beta Cinema to Wolfgang Fischer’s thriller Styx ahead of its Contemporary World Cinema slot in Toronto next month.

Styx premiered at the Berlinale and will receive its North American premiere in Canada before opening at New York’s Film Forum in February 2019.

Susanne Wolf stars as a German emergency room physician who embarks on a solo voyage across the Atlantic and must take matters into her own hands when she encounters a damaged boat containing dozens of refugees.

The film won the Heiner Carow Prize,
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'Styx' wins Europa Cinemas Label in Berlin

'Styx' wins Europa Cinemas Label in Berlin
Germany-Austria co-pro to benefit from exhibition support.

Wolfgang Fischer’s Styx has won the 2018 Europa Cinemas Label at the Berlin Film Festival.

The prize is selected by a jury of four exhibitors and the film will now receive promotional support from the Europa Cinemas network, with exhibitors in the network offered a financial incentive to include it in their programming.

The Label Jury consisted of Nora Kasza (Art+Cinema, Budapest, Hungary), Fréderic Cornet (Cinéma Les Galeries, Brussels, Belgium), Stanislav Ershov (Foundation Kino&Teatr, St.Petersburg, Russia) and Mustafa el Mesaoudi (Cinema/Rex Filmtheater, Wuppertal, Germany).

They issued the following statement:

“Styx is a simple but highly dramatic story that has a very clear and powerful message – we in Europe cannot ignore the refugee situation. We must face it and find solutions. Susanne Wolff is remarkably strong as a lone woman sailor in mid Atlantic who comes across a boatload of people in dire need of help. Great cinematography and sharp
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Berlinale 2017: Return to Montauk Review

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Author: Stefan Pape

“What I’ve always loved about you, Max…” is a line we hear uttered in Volker Schlondorff’s Return to Montauk – which, unsurprisingly, is a film by an author (the talented Colm Toibin – behind the novel that inspired Brooklyn) about an author. Naturally self-indulgent in parts, the film also suffers from the frustrating trope of having a writer converse with dialogue similar to the words he gets paid to write – rather than talk normally like a normal human being.

Stellan Skarsgard plays Max, embarking on a book tour which leads him to New York City, promoting his latest piece of literature. It’s the city where an old flame resides, and he decides – despite being in a relationship with Clara (Susanne Wolff) – to get back in touch, arriving, uninvited to the workplace of Rebecca (Nina Hoss). Initially she has no intention of seeing him, but as he pleads for her attention,
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‘Return to Montauk’ Review: Nina Hoss Excels Opposite Stellan Skarsgård In Volker Schlöndorff’s Chatty Romance — Berlinale 2017

‘Return to Montauk’ Review: Nina Hoss Excels Opposite Stellan Skarsgård In Volker Schlöndorff’s Chatty Romance — Berlinale 2017
Volker Schlöndorff’s “Return to Montauk” speaks from both sides of its mouth telling two very different tales. Hear it one way, and you’ll get a story of time and regret, an august Euro-drama that asks if love lost can ever be found anew. But come a bit closer, listen past the din, and you’ll hear something entirely different. This time the film is not asking any questions, but flat out saying: Self-delusion is a powerful weapon, and its greatest victims are often those who dare to wield it.

The film’s opening scene offers a helpful key to unlock what then follows. In one long, unbroken take, a man stares right into the camera and tells a story. He speaks of philosophy and of his father, and says that on the older man’s deathbed, he told his son that there are two kinds of regret – regret
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Cinematic material by Anne-Katrin Titze

Return To Montauk set at Lincoln Center Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

While filming Return To Montauk (Rückkehr Nach Montauk) in New York last spring, Volker Schlöndorff spoke to me on the set. His film will have its world premiere at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival in a couple of weeks. We discussed shooting in Berlin with Niels Arestrup and Stellan Skarsgård, connecting Sam Shepard to Max Frisch, Brooklyn author Colm Tóibín's Henry James in his novel The Master, Proust beyond Jeremy Irons in Swann In Love, shopping for clothes, Nina Hoss and Bronagh Gallagher at Lincoln Center, and what's in an affair.

Stellan Skarsgård, Mathias Sanders, Isioma Laborde-Edozien and Colm Tóibín - New York Public Library Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Return To Montauk, co-written by Tóibín, is the story of a writer, called Max Zorn (Skarsgård), who is married to Clara (Susanne Wolff). He comes to New York to promote his book and meets again,
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‘Logan’, ‘T2 Trainspotting’ to screen out of competition at Berlin

Logan and T2 Trainspotting are amongst the films to screen at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, organisers announced on Tuesday. This year’s Berlinale kicks off in Germany next month with Etiemme Comar‘s Django listed to open proceedings on February 9th.

The festival will also play host to the world premiere of Gurnder Chadha’s Viceroy’s House, which also screens out of competition.

Here’s the official release.


The following films will be celebrating world or international premieres in the Competition of the Berlinale 2017.

Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja (On the Beach at Night Alone)

South Korea

By Hong Sangsoo (Nobody’s Daughter Haewon, Right Now, Wrong Then)

With Kim Minhee, Seo Younghwa, Jung Jaeyoung, Moon Sungkeun, Kwon Haehyo, Song Seonmi, Ahn Jaehong, Park Yeaju

World premiere

El Bar (The Bar)


By Álex de la Iglesia (Mad Circus, The Day of the Beast, The Oxford Murders)

With Blanca Suárez,
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Berlinale 2017 Will Premiere ‘Logan,’ ‘Trainspotting: T2,’ and Hong Sangsoo’s Latest

Berlinale 2017 Will Premiere ‘Logan,’ ‘Trainspotting: T2,’ and Hong Sangsoo’s Latest
The Berlin International Film Festival announced 13 additions to its 2017 line-up, including the international premiere of Danny Boyle’s hotly anticipated “Trainspotting” follow-up, “Trainspotting: T2,” and the world premiere of James Mangold’s “Logan,” the third in the growing “Wolverine” franchise, starring Hugh Jackman. Both films will play out of competition.

Read More: ‘Logan’ Trailer: Hugh Jackman’s Final Wolverine Movie Mixes The Superhero Genre With The Western

Hong Sangsoo’s “On the Beach Alone at Night” will make its world premiere at the festival, the latest from the idiosyncratic Korean director whose last film, “Right Now, Wrong Then,” garnered attention at festivals in 2016.

Other promising titles include the world premiere of “The Tin Drum” director Volker Schlöndorff’s “Return To Montauk,” starring Stellan Skarsgård, and “Viceroy’s House,” a period drama from the woman behind “Bend it Like Beckham,” Gurinder Chadha. The Austrian actor Josef Hader also will make
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'T2 Trainspotting', 'Logan' join Berlin lineup

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'T2 Trainspotting', 'Logan' join Berlin lineup
X-Men spinoff and Trainspotting sequel to play Out of Competition.

A further 13 films have been invited to screen in the Competition and Berlinale Special section at the 67th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival.

The festival has added commercial clout to its Out Of Competition lineup in the shape of Danny Boyle’s T2 Trainspotting and X-Men spinoff Logan.

There are also competition berths for new films by Hong Sangsoo, Thomas Arslan, Volker Schlöndorff, Sabu, Álex de la Iglesia and Josef Hader.

Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha’s latest, Viceroy’s House, will have its world premiere out of competition at the festival. Starring Hugh Bonneville alongside Gillian Anderson, the period drama set in 1947 India depicts Lord Mountbatten, the man charged with handing India back to its people.

Also having its world premiered out of competition will be Álex de la Iglesia’s The Bar, a comedy-thriller about a group of strangers who get
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Films From Hong Sang-soo, Volker Schlöndorff, James Mangold & More to Premiere at Berlinale 2017

After an initial line-up that included Aki Kaurismäki‘s The Other Side of Hope, Oren Moverman‘s Richard Gere-led The Dinner, Sally Potter‘s The Party, and Agnieszka Holland‘s Spoor, the Berlin International Film Festival have added more anticipated premieres. Highlights include one of two (maybe three) new Hong Sang-soo films this year, On the Beach at Night Alone, along with Volker Schlöndorff‘s Return to Montauk with Stellan Skarsgård and Nina Hoss, as well as the high-profile world premiere of James Mangold‘s Logan and the international premiere of Danny Boyle‘s T2: Trainspotting.

With Paul Verhoeven serving as jury president for the 67th edition of the festival, check out the new additions below.


Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja (On the Beach at Night Alone)

South Korea

By Hong Sangsoo (Nobody’s Daughter Haewon, Right Now, Wrong Then)

With Kim Minhee, Seo Younghwa, Jung Jaeyoung, Moon Sungkeun,
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An affair to remember by Anne-Katrin Titze

Volker Schlöndorff directs cast and crew on Return to Montauk set Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

When Volker Schlöndorff sent me the call sheet for his Return To Montauk shoot in New York City, we arranged a schedule for me to be on set to document the goings-on as he was filming at the New York Public Library and up at Lincoln Center. The film, co-written with Colm Tóibín, stars Stellan Skarsgård and Nina Hoss with Niels Arestrup, Susanne Wolff (Dominik Graf's Dreileben 2: Don't Follow Me Around), Isioma Laborde-Edozien, Mathias Sanders and Bronagh Gallagher (Alan Parker's The Commitments).

Stellan Skarsgård as Max Zorn Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Volker and I met at his hotel the day after he was shooting in the Financial District, for a conversation that led us to a quote from Thoreau, connecting Sam Shepard to Max Frisch, Colm Tóibín's Henry James in his novel The Master,
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From Brooklyn to Montauk by Anne-Katrin Titze

Volker Schlöndorff with co-writer Colm Tóibín on set for Return to Montauk Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

John Crowley's Brooklyn, starring Saoirse Ronan with Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent, adapted screenplay by Nick Hornby, is based on Colm Tóibín's novel of the same name. On set with Stellan Skarsgård, Susanne Wolff, Isioma Laborde-Edozien and Mathias Sanders for Volker Schlöndorff's Return To Montauk (Rückkehr Nach Montauk), Tóibín, who is the co-writer with Volker, points to the face of Liv Ullmann on camera as inspiration, to Saoirse, and now Nina Hoss. Niels Arestrup will take on "W", the art collector.

Brooklyn author Colm Tóibín makes a point Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Colm spoke to me off the record about the Montauk project at last year's New York Film Festival. Right before I was being included as one of the extras with Margarethe von Trotta and Pamela Katz on the
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Telling a secret story by Anne-Katrin Titze

Pamela Katz, Carrie Welch with Margarethe von Trotta on the Return To Montauk set Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Volker Schlöndorff, Oscar-winning director for The Tin Drum, based on Günter Grass's novel Die Blechtrommel, invited me to join him on the set for his latest film, Return To Montauk (Rückkehr Nach Montauk), while he was shooting scenes with Stellan Skarsgård and Susanne Wolff at the New York Public Library. The film also stars Nina Hoss and Niels Arestrup (brilliant in Diplomacy with André Dussollier). Screenwriter Colm Tóibín, along with Margarethe von Trotta and her co-writer Pam Katz (The Other Woman (Die Andere Frau), Rosenstrasse and Hannah Arendt) were up on the steps.

Margarethe von Trotta with Volker Schlöndorff Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Von Trotta co-wrote and co-directed The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum with Volker, based on Heinrich Böll's novel and he directed her in their script for Coup de Grâce.
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