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Karlovy Vary Review: ‘Lara’ Sympathetically Follows a Woman on the Verge

What a difference a day makes. Allowing one’s characters to move from narrative point A to narrative point B in the same amount of time it takes for the Earth to spin 360 degrees should be an arbitrary undertaking, like having a film where everyone wears hats or can’t remember the Beatles, but that simple constraint has fired more than a few great filmmaker’s creative engines over the years. Spike Lee used a hot one as a pressure cooker. Linklater seems obsessed with the form. The limitation seems to ease some primal craving for order and patterns. They can also be a lot of fun.

Back in 2012, a charming discovery was added to the species. It was shot in monochrome, nodded to Woody Allen (when that was still a thing people did), bore the auspicious title Oh Boy (released rather bluntly stateside as A Coffee in Berlin), and
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Kviff 2019: 'Lara' is Another Outstanding Film from Jan Ole Gerster

He's finally back with another film! German filmmaker Jan Ole Gerster earned himself a modest following with his first feature debut, a B&w film from 2012 titled A Coffee in Berlin (also known as Oh Boy). The film is a cult classic because it's known as pretty much the definitive film about life in modern Berlin today, what it's like and how it feels and everything. Jan Ole Gerster is finally back on the scene with his second feature film, titled Lara, which is premiering back-to-back at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival then the Munich Film Festival this summer. It's another outstanding film from Gerster, and another outstanding character study, a portrait of a mother dealing with her thoughts and emotions and feelings on her 60th birthday. I just hope we don't have to wait seven more years for Gerster's next film, because he's a seriously talented filmmaker. Gerster's Lara,
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The hot German films premiering at the Munich Film Festival 2019

The hot German films premiering at the Munich Film Festival 2019
Last year’s Munich break-out was Eva Trobisch’s ‘All Is Good’ .

The Munich Film Festival is proving to be the place to go to first catch films by rising German directors. All of the 18 titles in the festival’s New German Cinema line-up are world premeires this year and many have attached international sales agents ahead of their launch.

Ilker Catak’s romantic drama I Was, I Am, I Will Be opened the strand on June 28. Danish sales agent Level K took on its first ever German feature when it acquired the the rights to the film just before
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Jan-Ole Gerster on ‘Lara,’ Starring Corinna Harfouch, Tom Schilling

Jan-Ole Gerster on ‘Lara,’ Starring Corinna Harfouch, Tom Schilling
German filmmaker Jan-Ole Gerster made a major splash with his critically acclaimed and award-heavy 2012 debut feature “Oh Boy” (“A Coffee in Berlin”), starring Tom Schilling (“Never Look Away”). In Gerster’s latest film, “Lara,” Corinna Harfouch portrays a woman, who, on her 60th birthday, plans to attend the premiere of piano concerto performed by her estranged son, played by Schilling.

Gerster spoke to Variety about the origins of the project, why Harfouch’s involvement was essential, re-teaming with Schilling, and the significant role of music in the film.

While currently focused on the launch of his new film at home and abroad, Gerster is pursuing as a possible next project an adaptation of Christan Kracht’s best-selling novel “Imperium.” Inspired by a true story, the book follows passionate German nudist August Engelhardt as he travels to German New Guinea in 1902 to set up a coconut farm and commune on a remote South Seas island.
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Why it took ‘Oh Boy’ director Jan-Ole Gerster seven years to make his new film ‘Lara’

Why it took ‘Oh Boy’ director Jan-Ole Gerster seven years to make his new film ‘Lara’
‘Lara’ is simultaneously premiering at the Munich and Karlovy Vary film festivals.

German director Jan-Ole Gerster’s debut film Oh Boy (which was released as A Coffee In Berlin in the Us ) was a surprise critical and audience hit in 2012. The absurdist comedy following an aimless man wandering the streets of Berlin was his thesis film at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (Dffb). It certainly marked out Gerster as a director to watch, premiering at Karlovy Vary and winning him the best debut film prize at the European Film Awards.

Seven years later and Gerster is back with his much-anticipated second feature Lara.
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The view from the tree by Anne-Katrin Titze

Never Look Away (Werk Ohne Autor) director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck on Martha's (Ina Weisse) marriage to the monstrous Professor Seeband (Sebastian Koch), father to Ellie (Paula Beer): "You can sense she has a different spirit but yet she is so subjugated by everything that she can't even dare to live it."

Elements from Gerhard Richter’s life story inspired the role of Kurt Barnert, played by Generation War and Jan Ole Gerster's Oh Boy (aka A Coffee In Berlin) star, Tom Schilling, in the latest film from the director/screenwriter of the Oscar-winning The Lives Of Others. In Never Look Away (Werk Ohne Autor), Germany's Oscar submission for the 91st Academy Awards, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck sets the bar far higher for himself than he did for his Hollywood misfire The Tourist, starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp.

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (with Anne-Katrin Titze) on his
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German Hitmakers Are Back in Saddle for the Cannes Market

German Hitmakers Are Back in Saddle for the Cannes Market
Historical romance, literary adaptations, arthouse drama, star-studded comedies, children’s pics, animated fare and a high-profile documentary are among the many German films and co-productions on offer at this year’s Cannes Film Market.

Unspooling as part of the festival are Wim Wenders’ “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word,” repped by Focus Features and bowing in Special Screenings; “In My Room,” Ulrich Koehler’s story of a man who suddenly realizes everyone around him has disappeared, which world premieres in Un Certain Regard; and, in Intl. Critics’ Week sidebar, Anja Kofmel’s Swiss co-production “Chris the Swiss,” a partially animated documentary from Urban Distribution that investigates the mysterious death of a young Swiss journalist during the Yugoslav wars.

On the market side, one historical niche that is proving particularly successful is that of the turn-of-the-century artist.

Picture Tree Intl. is following its 2016 hit “Egon Schiele — Death and the Maiden,
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The Best TV Lines of 2017: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘The Leftovers,’ and More of the Year’s Most Memorable Quotes

As best of the year lists roll out across the internet, TV critics and fans are reflecting on everything they loved about the year in television. From their favorite shows to their favorite performances and even the most shocking moments, nearly every aspect of the small screen is admired — typically, in list form.

But while plenty of lists double up across various websites through a multitude of voices, one list is built collectively and shared immediately: the best TV lines of 2017.

Spearheaded each year by Variety TV Critic Mo Ryan, the annual tradition of honoring the best quotes of the year began early Monday afternoon with the hashtag #BestTVLines2017 and Ryan’s first selection:

“Tell Cersei. I want her to know it was me.” @GameofThrones #BestTVLines2017

Join the annual tradition! Tweet your #BestTVLines2017! @sepinwall, your turn.

— Mo Ryan (@moryan) December 18, 2017

The quote — “Tell Cersei. I want her to know it was me.
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Happy Birthday, Connie Sawyer! Hollywood's Oldest Working Actress Turns 105

Happy Birthday, Connie Sawyer! Hollywood's Oldest Working Actress Turns 105
Connie Sawyer, Hollywood’s oldest working actress, just turned 105!

Known for her comedic roles in When Harry Met Sally, Dumb and Dumber, Pineapple Express and Archie Bunker’s Place, the character actress has been making audiences laugh since before the television was even invented.

“There aren’t that many people around who are 105,” Sawyer tells People with a laugh. “I always say you have to move, you have to get off the couch. I used to swim, play golf, tap dance, line dance — I was always moving and I was lucky.”

She also credits good genes inherited from her parents,
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Jane the Virgin's Bridget Regan Expecting Second Child

Jane the Virgin's Bridget Regan Expecting Second Child
Bridget Regan is gearing up for new motherhood once again!

The actress — who currently stars in the TNT action-drama series The Last Ship and is known for her recurring roles on Agent Carter, Jane the Virgin, White Collar and Grey’s Anatomy — is pregnant with her second child, she announced on social media.

“A bit of news … ” Regan, 35, captioned a glam snap of herself cradling her baby bump in a body-hugging, off-the-shoulder black dress.

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From Pen
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'Blindspot' Sneak Peek: Kurt Sells Jane on Reliving Their Wedding Day, But Roman Won't Go Away (Exclusive)

'Blindspot' Sneak Peek: Kurt Sells Jane on Reliving Their Wedding Day, But Roman Won't Go Away (Exclusive)
Jane and Kurt’s honeymoon is over.

On Friday’s episode of Blindspot, titled “Gunplay Ricochet,” the couple are busy unpacking boxes in their apartment when Kurt (Sullivan Stapleton) comes across a wedding video featuring messages from their friends and colleagues.

“Considering that we paid for ‘marry-aoke,’ extended bridal preparations and a video booth message compilation, we should watch it,” Kurt sells Jane (Jaimie Alexander) in Et's exclusive sneak peek. Jane agrees only after coming clean about a chilling conversation she had with her brother, Roman (Luke Mitchell), the day before.

Related: 'Blindspot' Cast Break Down Every Season 3 Premiere Bombshell -- Including That Final Twist!

“Roman called me yesterday. He wants to punish me for choosing you and the team over him,” Jane rehashes. “He’s just angry and lonely, I think.”

“I know this is hard, but he’s still your brother. A part of you still cares about him,” Kurt says, but Jane
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Newlyweds Justin Hartley and Chrishell Stause Open Up About Their First Date — ‘I Knew Right Away,’ the Star Says

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Newlyweds Justin Hartley and Chrishell Stause Open Up About Their First Date — ‘I Knew Right Away,’ the Star Says
Four years to the day since they first met, Justin Hartley and Chrishell Stause tied the knot on Oct. 28 in an intimate ceremony at Malibu’s Calamigos Ranch.

And, to hear them tell it, the stage for their love story was set on that very first date.

“The next day I texted my friend: ‘I found him,’ ” says Stause, 36.

Watch People Weddings: Justin Hartley & Chrishell Stause, available now, on PeopleTV. Go to PeopleTV.com, or download the PeopleTV app on your favorite mobile or connected TV device.

Though they met in passing early on in their careers, sparks flew when
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Anna Faris Says She Doesn't Believe in Closure And Says Heartbreak 'Helps You Be More Human' During Unqualified Book Tour

Anna Faris Says She Doesn't Believe in Closure And Says Heartbreak 'Helps You Be More Human' During Unqualified Book Tour
Anna Faris got real on the first stop of her book tour, but before she did, she had some adorable important business to attend to.

The actress kicked off her promotional tour for the newly-released Unqualified with a stop in Jersey City, New Jersey, Tuesday night where she chatted with People executive editor Kate Coyne. Before the two could get started, Faris, 40, had a very important job to do – make sure her five-year-old son Jack brushed his teeth.

“Before we begin, this is my son,” Faris said as she showed the crowd she was FaceTiming with Jack. “I know, I
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Anna Faris Praises Ex Chris Pratt, Says They Still 'Love' and 'Adore' Each Other

Anna Faris Praises Ex Chris Pratt, Says They Still 'Love' and 'Adore' Each Other
There's no bad blood between Anna Faris and Chris Pratt, according to the actress.

The two announced their split after eight years of marriage in August, but Faris insists that they're amicable exes.

"There is still so much laughter in our lives together, and he is so proud of me, still,” the 40-year-old Mom star tells People. “We watched each other grow, and he still cracks me up all the time. And I think I crack him up -- unless he’s a really good actor and great at faking laughter."

More: Anna Faris Shares Relationship Advice After Chris Pratt Split -- 'Know Your Worth, Know Your Independence'

Faris doesn't seem shocked about the public's response to her breakup from the 38-year-old actor. "It’s understandable that people seemed so invested in our happiness together," she says. "All I can say about that is, it’s all true, that we truly adore each other, and we love each
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Anna Faris: I Didn't Want to Present My Hollywood Life As 'Idealistic' in Revealing New Book

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Anna Faris: I Didn't Want to Present My Hollywood Life As 'Idealistic' in Revealing New Book
Life isn’t always easy — just ask Anna Faris.

Faris’ new book Unqualified gives in intimate look inside the star’s life, including her rocky romantic life and battle to overcome her own insecurities.

“I hope people read it and they think, ‘Oh—she’s like me!'” she tells People in this week’s issue.

The Mom star, 40, says she wanted to use her own story to help give hope to people who are struggling to find their place.

“As a lonely sort of insecure, awkward kid, things got a lot better,” she says of the book’s message.
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Can You Even Handle How Wacky This ‘Peter Rabbit’ Trailer Is?

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Can You Even Handle How Wacky This ‘Peter Rabbit’ Trailer Is?
Oh boy, you’re not ready for this one. No sir, no ma’am. Nothing on earth can prepare you for the pure outrageousness that is this new Peter Rabbit trailer. So you better steel yourself, because you’re going to watch it anyway. You know you are, I know you are, so let’s just stop dancing around this and […]

The post Can You Even Handle How Wacky This ‘Peter Rabbit’ Trailer Is? appeared first on /Film.
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Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash Review

Oh boy, Senran Kagura is back with another fantastically unashamed title. Our favorite female shinobi are donning their swimsuits, grabbing water guns, and making each other wet. I can’t think of a better scenario for the series’ first shooter, Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash.

Just like in Estival Versus, things begin with the girls from four shinobi schools getting warped to an isolated island. Mysterious hosts of a NewTube channel (who are clearly teachers from the games) announce that no one can leave until the Peach Beach Splash tournament is finished. It’s overly simple, but hey, how many people are really playing Peach Beach Splash for the plot?

Getting my priorities straight, I headed for the dressing room as soon as possible. You’re able to customise each girl’s swimsuits and accessories, and I probably spent longer doing this than I should admit. Fewer outfits are available than usual,
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A Cancer Patient, Rosie O’Donnell and More Critics President Trump Has Blocked on Twitter

A Cancer Patient, Rosie O’Donnell and More Critics President Trump Has Blocked on Twitter
President Donald Trump‘s use of Twitter has long been a controversial component of his presidency, for several reasons. One of them is his frequent hitting of the “block” button, which the president has unleashed on a number of notable actors, authors and activists who have used Twitter as a platform to criticize him and his administration.

On Tuesday, model Chrissy Teigen, voted one of Time’s 2017 “25 Most Influential People on the Internet,” was the latest to be blocked by the president.

Here’s a running list of people who have received the “@arealDonaldTrump blocked you” message on Twitter.

1. Laura Packard

Packard,
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‘Justice League’: Will Superman Have a Black Suit?

Justice League‘ is a little over 2 months away from release, and yet we are still learning about the film. We have seen a number of trailers for the film, but then in a shocking piece of news, it was announced that Joss Whedon would be taking over for Zack Snyder to complete the film. This created a great amount of controversy, although the film had been undergoing reshoots at the time of the shuffle.

We recently heard a rumor that Jessie Eisenberg‘s Lex Luthor had been cut as a result of the changes to the film. We also know that Ben Affleck‘s portrayal of Batman in ‘Justice League‘ would change dramatically from ‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice‘. A character that we haven’t heard much about is Henry Cavill‘s Superman. Well now, a recent post by Movieweb (via Reddit), shows a recent toy release for
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