Why do German audiences love Matthias Schweighöfer? How do you make a movie with just 500 Euros? What, actually, does a sound designer do? How does one go from the circus to the cinema? You'll find the answers in the new edition of Kino in our first show of 2013.!
His directorial debut "What a Man" was a huge hit in 2011. For its launch in the U.S, no less an authority than the New York Times compared the actor and director Matthias Schweighöfer to Woody Allen!
For his second film, "The Break-Up Man" Schweighöfer returns to his formula of gender clichés, slapstick and snappy one-liners. It's a recipe for success: "The Break-Up Man" started at number one in the Germany charts.
Sound in a movie - from the blast of an explosion to the whispering wind in the trees - might seem secondary but it is key to creating the atmosphere of a film. Kino took a look backstage to pay tribute to an under-appreciated profession - that of sound designer.
In our new series, Faces, we will introduce you to young acting talents. We start with Natalie Krane, born in Cologne in 1986, who made her cinema debut playing a young art student in Rainer Kirberg's film "The Sleeping Girl". She is Kino's first Face of 2013.
Think Low-budget filmmaking and you're more likely to think Sundance than Germany. But a new generation of German filmmakers are picking up their digital cameras and begging family and friends for the cash to realize their vision.
Against the odds, they are making it. Like Hanna Doose's with her prize-winning psychodrama "Dust on Our Hearts" or Axel Ranisch with his black comedy "Heavy Girls." Cult director Rosa von Praunheim welcomes the new low-budget movement, for the opportunities to offers to tell stories outside the mainstream.
Kino in Brief
• Hannah Arendt
Margarethe von Trotta's powerful biopic on the German-Jewish philosopher who coined the term "the banality of evil."
• Ende der Schonzeit
Franziska Schlotterer's startling film debut about morality and guilt in the Nazi era.
• Weil ich schöner bin
Frieder Schlaich's drama focuses on efforts to deport a Columbian woman living illegally in Germany.