Jacob Biazza: Yes, a bear. Yes, on cocaine. Lots of cocaine. And a few people in the forest. Most of the latter soon dead. “Jaws” basically, but in the undergrowth. And on coke. And with fur and without gills. The mad suspense until you see the beast properly for the first time is missing Elizabeth Banks. Otherwise identical. And otherwise a really great film. Not necessarily in terms of logic, character development, plot or motivations of the actors. But with animals. He’s always funny too.
Anna Steinbauer: While the Second World War raged around him in all its brutality, the Austrian front-line soldier, Streitberger, was mainly busy taking care of a fox cub. Director Adrian Goinger After the autobiographical hit drama “The Best of All Worlds”, he once again finds his film material in his own family: he tells the remarkable story of his great-grandfather, who at the age of five was sold to a rich farmer as a farm hand because the family could not support him. A touching, amazingly apolitical drama about belonging, homeland and identity, which doesn’t shy away from drastic images and on whose soundtrack the strings are sometimes a little too thick.
The Three Musketeers – D’Artagnan
David Steinitz: A classic cloak and sword film based on Alexandre Dumas in the best sense of the word. The French director Martin Bourboulon adapts the novel much more extensively and with more attention to detail than most other film adaptations, because he turns the book into two cinema films. Part one – “D’Artagnan” – starts now, part two – “Mylady” – will follow shortly before Christmas. A meritorious attempt at reviving the almost extinct adventure film genre.
Someday we will tell each other everything
Kathleen Hildebrand: Thuringia in the summer of 1990: 19-year-old Maria (Marlene Burow) begins an affair with the owner of the neighboring farm. Henner is 40, still smart, but also a grim, gruff guy who doesn’t know how things will continue after the great upheaval of reunification. It’s like the crickets are getting in Emily Atefs adaptation of the novel chirp so excitedly because they suspect that this will not end well. In golden, sunny images, Atef tells of obsession, loss of orientation, but also of a sexually self-determined young woman. A captivating movie.
Mi país imaginario – The land of my dreams
Philip Stadelmaier: Patricio Guzman has already made many films about his native Chile and the Pinochet era, which made him an exile. Here he films the 2019 protests as the country stands up against patriarchy, poverty and the legacy of dictatorship. Only women are interviewed – the revolution is feminist. An inspiring film that ends with something that has become extremely rare: with optimism and hope for a better future.
Magdalena Pulz: An action-packed disaster movie, a must-see road trip through Japan and a romance where love can have multiple meanings: The new anime hit by Makoto Shinkai, who made an international name for himself with 2016’s “Your Name,” is all that and more: 17-year-old Suzume travels through Japan with her male sidekick, who has been transformed into a three-legged child’s chair. Together they fight against a giant worm that is trying to destroy the land. A spectacle that should not only inspire anime fans.
The Five Devils
Tobias Kniebe: With her bulky Afro hair, ten-year-old Vicky (Sally Dramé) is an exception in her town in the French Alps. But not only that: magical abilities allow her to immerse herself in the youth of her mother (Adèle Exarchopoulos), who was once a local beauty queen. This allows Vicky to travel through time and understand the hidden yearnings of the adults around her, shaped by a horrific event before her birth. The director Lea Mysius loves to combine the everyday and the fantastic, and she succeeds in doing so effortlessly and atmospherically in her second feature film.