Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Fatih Akin Stars: Diane Kruger, Denis Moschitto, Numan Acar, Ulrich Friedrich Brandhoff, Ulrich Krisch, Hanna Hilsdorf, Rafael Santana. Filmmaker Fatih Akin (Head On, etc) understands the prejudice that Turks and other immigrants experience in Germany. It is this understanding that shapes In The Fade, his latest film, a powerful, challenging and confronting drama about terrorism and prejudice. Europe is in the grip of a rise in terrorism, fundamental religion, and extremism, and Germany particularly seems to be experiencing a Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Maren Ade Stars: Peter Simonischek, Sandra Huller, Michael Wittenborn. This offbeat and decidedly oddball absurdist German comedy about the dysfunctional relationship between a father and his workaholic daughter has been a hit on the festival circuit and is a clear favourite to collect an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Winifried Conradi (veteran Austrian actor Peter Simonischek) is a dishevelled, divorced, sixty something former music teacher with a generous nature, a big heart and a love for practical jokes. But his Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Christian Petzold Stars: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kurzendorf, Imogen Kogge. Set in the aftermath of WWII, Phoenix is a slow burn noir-like psychological thriller about identity, survival, obsesion and betrayal. It bears some similarity to the Hitchcock classic Vertigo as well as Brian De Palma's Obsession. Disfigured Jewish concentration camp survivor Nelly Lanz (Nina Hoss, recently seen in A Most Wanted Man, etc) has undergone plastic surgery and facial reconstruction surgery. Now known as Lene she begins to search the rubble Continue reading


Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky Stars: Franka Potente, Benno Furmann, Anna Loos, Holger Speckhahn, Sebastian Blomberg, Traugott Buhre, Rudiger Vogler. It's always something of a worry when a film's marketing strategy is solely designed around the star and their last film. Such is the case with Anatomie, a rather gory and grisly thriller from Germany that builds its campaign around its charismatic star Franka Potente and her last film, the art house hit Run Lola Run. Potente does a lot of running in this film too, but it's for a completely Continue reading