Film Festival | Film|Neu 2014 - New Films from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland
What jumps out at even the most casual observer of German-language cinema from Austria, Switzerland, and, Germany is the sheer diversity of subject matter and the various ways filmmakers young and old approach their subjects.
This variety is once again on display in the 22nd annual edition of Film|Neu. Here you’ll find award winners, dark horses, dramatic films, comedies, documentaries and movies that blend these elements together.
From the Swiss Alps to South Tyrol, Cairo’s Tahrir Square to Saint Petersburg’s National Library of Russia—as well as various regions of Germany—these films tell stories of life and love, fairytales and frolics, urgent political crises and the toll of war.There’s sure to be something for you. As always, it is the audience response that keeps Film|Neu moving forward. We’re looking forward to welcoming you to screenings at the Landmark E Street Cinema and the Goethe-Institut.
The Dark Valley (Das finstere Tal)
Austria's Oscar Entry Nominee (Foreign Language Film Category)
When: Saturday, October 11, 9:45 and Sunday, October 12 6:30 pm
Austria/Germany, 2014, 115 minutes, English and German with English subtitles
Director/Editor: Andreas Prochaska Screenplay: Martin Ambrosch, Prochaska, from the novel by Thomas Willmann. Producers: Helmut Grasser, Stefan Arndt. With: Sam Riley, Paula Beer, Tobias Moretti, Clemens Schick, Helmuth A. Häusler, Martin Leutgeb. Sales: Films Distribution (Paris, France)
Co-producer Stefan Arndt (Run, Lola, Run) has referenced both Once Upon a Time in the West and The White Ribbon to describe director Andreas Prochaska’s widescreen Alpine Heimat western The Dark Valley, and he’s right on the money. When the taciturn German-speaking American photographer Greider (Sam Riley, Control) arrives unannounced in a remote and insulated European mountain village, he rouses the suspicions of the sinisterly tight-knit community. Inevitably, Greider’s presence serves a purpose that involves revenge and, hopefully, redemption. Chock full of familiar western tropes presented through the prism of mysterious local customs in an exotic location, The Dark Valley is a somber, rewarding genre triumph.—Eddie Cockrell
The Silent Mountain (Der stille Berg)
When: Tuesday, October 14, 7 and 9:15 pm
Austria/Italy/USA, 2014, color, 100 minutes, German with English subtitles
Director: Ernst Gossner. Screenplay: Clemens Aufderklamm. Producers: Heinz Stussak, Ernst Gossner. With: William Moseley, Claudia Cardinale, Fritz Karl, Eugenia Costantini, Michael Cadeddu, Harald Windisch. Sales: Premiere Entertainment Group (Encino, California)
Reception with Austrian treats between the two screenings.
On May 23, 1915, Italy declared war on Austria-Hungary. The mountain-top theater of war, in the territories of what are now Trentino and South Tyrol, quickly degenerated into cold and muddy trench warfare. In 2011, Tyrolian-born filmmaker Ernst Gossner made the documentary Global Warning about this conflict. Now, working on a much larger canvas, his wide-screen romantic adventure The Silent Mountain stars William Moseley (the Narnia trilogy) as a young Tyrol taken from his new Italian love (Francesca Calzolari) and dropped into this horrible conflict. A sweeping condemnation of war set against a timeless love story, The Silent Mountain is both rugged and romantic.—Eddie Cockrell
- Eddie Cockrell is a Washington native and freelance film critic for the trade paper Variety who is now the program director of the social justice film event The Big Picture Film Festival in Sydney, Australia. He is co-curator of the Film|Neu festival, for which he has written the film notes.
For further Information on all films to be screened please visit www.filmneu.org
When: Friday, October 10 - Thursday, October 16, 2014
Where: Landmark's E Street Cinema | 555 11th Street, NW | Washington, DC 20001
Tickets: Please visit http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/was/prj/flm/tic/enindex.htm