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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Ganz's Memorable Hitler Has Become the Stuff That Parodies Are Made Of

'Downfall' movie: Bruno Ganz as Adolf Hitler 'Downfall' movie: Overlong and overwrought World War II drama lifted by several memorable performances Oliver Hirschbiegel's German box office hit Downfall / Der Untergang is a generally engrossing psychological-historical drama whose emotional charge is diluted by excessive length, an overabundance of characters, and a tendency to emphasize the more obvious aspects of the narrative. Several key performances – including Bruno Ganz's now iconic Adolf Hitler – help to lift Downfall above the level of myriad other World War II movies. Nazi Germany literally goes under In Downfall, which by the end of 2004 had been seen by more than 4.5 million German moviegoers, Nazi Germany is about to lose the war. In his underground bunker, Adolf Hitler (Bruno Ganz) grows increasingly out of touch with reality as he sees his dream of Deutschland über alles go kaput. Some of those under his command are equally incapable of thinking coherently.
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'Mrs. Biggs' Sheridan Smith, director Jj Abrams up for International Emmys

The nominations for the 41st International Emmy Awards have been announced.

19 countries are represented this year, with the ceremony taking place on November 25 in New York City. Mrs. Biggs actress Sheridan Smith is nominated, while famed director Jj Abrams will receive the 'Founders Award'.

Sky sitcom Moone Boy is up for 'Best Comedy' and Sean Bean could win the acting award for Accused.

"Every year, the global television community competes for an Emmy, the most prestigious of all media awards, and we congratulate the 2013 Nominees for their outstanding programmes and performances." said Bruce L. Paisner, president and CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

The full list of 36 nominees in 9 categories are below:

Arts Programming

Hello?! Orchestra

Mbc / San Media

South Korea

Soundtrack

Geronimo Bvba

Belgium

Multiple Views — La Maquina Loca (The Crazy Machine)

TV Unam/El Caiman Films/Alebrije

Mexico

Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender

Emp
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Mipcom: Sean Bean, France’s ‘The Returned’ Among International Emmy Nominees

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Shows and talent from 19 countries make up the roster of nominees for this year’s International Emmy Awards, the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said today at Mipcom. The 41st annual event takes place on November 25th in New York where J.J. Abrams will receive the 2013 Founders Award and Rtl’s Anke Schäferkordt will receive the 2013 Directorate Award. Among the nominees are Sean Bean as Best Actor for the BBC’s Accused; Sheridan Smith as Best Actress for ITV’s Mrs Biggs; last year’s Oscar nominated documentary 5 Broken Cameras; and France’s drama series Les Revenants which is getting a U.S. redo courtesy of A+E Studios and FremantleMedia North America. For a full list of nominees, turn the page: Arts Programming Hello?! Orchestra Mbc / San Media South Korea Soundtrack Geronimo Bvba Belgium Multiple Views – La Máquina Loca (The Crazy Machine) TV Unam / El Caiman Films / Alebrije
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5 Contemporary German Films Worth Watching

Nobody can deny that Hollywood dominates the global film industry. Though India may release a higher quantity of films each year, their appeal is largely limited to their country of origin, whilst American features dominate across the globe.

As a result of this, most domestic film industries around the world are somewhat limited in capacity, unable to produce films with budgets comparable to their American counterparts.

However, this is not to say that non-American nations cannot produce films with a level of quality comparable or even superior to American features, as the five films featured on this list, highlights of German cinema from 2000-present (which means that other excellent films such as 1981’s Das Boot, 1998’s Run Lola Run and 1927’s Metropolis are omitted), are testament to.

5. Der Tunnel (The Tunnel)

Year – 2001, Director – Roland Suso Richter, Starring – Heino Ferch, Sebastian Koch, Alexandra Maria Lara, Nicolette Krebitz.

Made for German television,

Vincent Wants To Sea – The Review

Ah, the call of the open road! The old wanderlust has grabbed many movie characters from Harry and Tonto to the Grisswalds. Some of them hit the road to also fulfill a mission like Jake and Ellwood Blues. And a few are trying to get away from an institution or facility like McMurphy and his guys or Michael Keaton’s Dream Team. The trio in Ralf Huettner’s new film Vincent Wants To Sea encompasses all those groups. This quirky road picture is German-made and is about a European excursion. And like many of these other films, it’s not about the destination-it’s about the journey.

We first meet Vincent ( Florian David Fitz ) attending the funeral of his much beloved Mother. After several unfortunate verbal outbursts, he races out of the memorial service-he has Tourette’s syndrome. Later Vincent’s estranged father, an ambitious politico ( Heino Ferch ), checks him
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Vincent Wants To Sea movie poster

New poster from Vincent Wants to Sea a.k.a. Vincent will Meer, starring Florian David Fitz and Karoline Herfurth. This is the second poster from the Dalf Huettner drama which also stars Heino Ferch, Katharina Müller-Elmau, JOhannes Allmayer, Karin Thaler, Tim Seyfi and Christoph Zrenner. Vincent Wants to Sea follows a young man suffering from Tourette's syndrome who leaves a mental institution accompanied with two other inhabitants, aiming to travel to Italy and fulfill his mother's last wish.
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Vincent Wants To Sea movie poster

New poster from Vincent Wants to Sea a.k.a. Vincent will Meer, starring Florian David Fitz and Karoline Herfurth. This is the second poster from the Dalf Huettner drama which also stars Heino Ferch, Katharina Müller-Elmau, JOhannes Allmayer, Karin Thaler, Tim Seyfi and Christoph Zrenner. Vincent Wants to Sea follows a young man suffering from Tourette's syndrome who leaves a mental institution accompanied with two other inhabitants, aiming to travel to Italy and fulfill his mother's last wish.
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Vincent Wants To Sea movie poster

New poster from Vincent Wants to Sea a.k.a. Vincent will Meer, starring Florian David Fitz and Karoline Herfurth. This is the second poster from the Dalf Huettner drama which also stars Heino Ferch, Katharina Müller-Elmau, JOhannes Allmayer, Karin Thaler, Tim Seyfi and Christoph Zrenner. Vincent Wants to Sea follows a young man suffering from Tourette's syndrome who leaves a mental institution accompanied with two other inhabitants, aiming to travel to Italy and fulfill his mother's last wish.
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Vincent Wants To Sea Movie Review

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Vincent Wants To Sea Movie Review
Title: Vincent Wants To Sea Directed By: Ralf Huettner Written By: Florian David Fitz Cast: Florian David Fitz, Karoline Herfurth, Heino Ferch, Katherina Müller-Elmau, Johannes Allmayer Screened at: Broadway, NYC, 6/8/11 Opens: June 24, 2011 Al Capp, the creator of the comic strip “L’il Abner,” was extremely conservative politically. During the Vietnam War protests, when students took over Columbia University, smoking the dean’s cigars and sitting on the ledge outside his window, Capp sniffed: “The inmates are running the asylum.” Generally, that’s not a good idea, many of us would agree, but sometimes the residents of a institution for emotional problems can do more for one another than the staff....
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DVD Review - Max Schmeling: Fist of the Reich (2010)

Max Schmeling: Fist of the Reich, 2010.

Directed by Uwe Boll.

Starring Henry Maske, Susanne Wuest, Heino Ferch, Vladimir Weigl and Yoan Pablo Hernández.

Synopsis:

A biopic of the German boxer and heavyweight champion Max Schmeling.

Nazi Germany is a historical setting we are all familiar with. Films set within the Third Reich often have similarities; good natured people trying to help persecuted Jewish neighbours, informers, political intimidation, concentration camps and the striking red background of the swastika. Equally there are areas often overlooked. The boxing rings for example.

Max Schmeling is a German film directed by Uwe Boll which tells the story of one of the 20th century’s greatest boxers. He became world champion in the early 1930s, getting his big break by beating the title holder by default after an illegal “low blow” from his opponent. The film begins by following Max as a paratrooper for the German army in Crete,
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DVD Review - The Tunnel (2001)

The Tunnel (German: Der Tunnel), 2001.

Directed by Roland Suso Richter.

Starring Heino Ferch, Nicolette Krebitz, Alexandra Maria Lara and Sebastian Koch.

Synopsis:

A group of West Germans hatch an audacious plan to rescue their loves ones from the communist regime of the East by tunnelling beneath the Berlin Wall.

Film fans love a good tunnel. Whether it be the ingenious method for a daring bank robbery or the claustrophobic road to freedom from a tightly fenced Pow camp, they are a vital ingredient of many a cinematic classic. Tunnels are a striking but simple storytelling device, that place the focus of the narrative firmly on the characters of people getting from one place to another, usually against the odds and at a snail’s pace. And what are all stories but snappier versions of the long and slow journey of life?

Sitting just a hay-fever induced sneeze away from surprisingly
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Netflix Nuggets: Russians Filming G.I. Joe Dolls Fighting Hercules for the Serpent’s Egg

Netflix has revolutionized the home movie experience for fans of film with its instant streaming technology. Netflix Nuggets is my way of spreading the word about independent, classic and foreign films made available by Netflix for instant streaming.

This Week’s New Instant Releases…

Promised Lands (1974)

Streaming Available: 04/19/2011

Cast: Documentary

Director: Susan Sontag

Synopsis: Set in Israel during the final days of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, this powerful documentary — initially barred by Israel authorities — from writer-director Susan Sontag examines divergent perceptions of the enduring Arab-Israeli clash. Weighing in on matters related to socialism, anti-Semitism, nation sovereignty and American materialism are The Last Jew writer Yoram Kaniuk and military physicist Yuval Ne’eman.

Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen (2009)

Streaming Available: 04/19/2011

Cast: Barbara Sukowa, Heino Ferch, Hannah Herzsprung, Gerald Alexander Held, Lena Stolze, Sunnyi Melles

Synopsis: Directed by longtime star of independent German cinema Margarethe von Trotta, this reverent
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Downfall Review – Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Juliane Köhler d: Oliver Hirschbiegel

Der Untergang / Downfall (2004) Direction: Oliver Hirschbiegel Cast: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Juliane Köhler, Corinna Harfouch, Ulrich Matthes, Heino Ferch, Thomas Kretschmann Screenplay: Bernd Eichinger; from Joachim Fest's book Untergang: Hitler und das Ende des Dritten Reiches / Inside Hitler's Bunker: The Last Days of the Third Reich and Traudl Junge and Melissa Müller's Bis zur letzten Stunde / Until the Final Hour: Hitler's Last Secretary Oscar Movies Recommended with Reservations Bruno Ganz as Adolf Hitler in Oliver Hirschbiegel's Downfall Oliver Hirschbiegel's German box-office hit Der Untergang / Downfall is a generally effective war drama, whose emotional power is marred by excessive length, an overabundance of characters, and a certain tendency to emphasize the more obvious aspects of the story. In Downfall, which by the end of 2004 had ad been seen by more than 4.5 million German filmgoers, Nazi Germany is about to lose the war. In his underground [...]
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Review: Vision: From The Life Of Hildegard Von Bingen

Vision: From The Life Of Hildegard Von Bingen is the biography of Hildegard von Bingen, the multi-talented 12th century German nun. Von Bingen was an author and playwright, composer of Gregorian chants, a visionary bibliophile, physician, botanist, and a practitioner of holistic medicine with advanced knowledge of herbal healing. Sounds exciting, huh? It’s not but German director Margarethe von Trotta’s film is an impressive accomplishment on many levels. Historically it must have been a real challenge to illustrate so vividly this life lived almost 900 years ago with such attention to facts and details and visually it’s a real stunner. Von Trotta, an actress turned director, gets great work from her mostly female cast but the film goes on too long and ultimately left this reviewer cold

Vision: From The Life Of Hildegard Von Bingen takes place in a time when men dominated, especially within the church, and
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Vision (Aka Vision: Aus dem Leben der Hildegard von Bingen) (2010)

Written and directed by Margarethe von Trotta

Featuring Barbara Sukowa, Hannah Herzsprung, Mareile Blendl, Lena Stolze, Heino Ferch, Annika

Hildegard von Bingen was a 12th-century abbess who really pissed off the men around her.

The world of the 11th-century was one in which the overreaching arms of the patriarchal Catholic church controlled every aspect of women’s (and most men’s) lives; a woman was told when she can have sex, with whom, and for what purposes. She was told what power she could have in her family and who she must obey (men). And for a nun in the middle ages, it was a dozen times worse. Nuns were the bottom of the rung, and still are, in the catholic church, beholden to their male leaders *cough* oppressors. That’s why the story of Hildegard von Bingen, thankfully still in existence due to numerous volumes dictated by the nun herself,
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Margerethe von Trotta-Barbara Sukowa's Vision: Life of Hildegard von Bingen to Open in Los Angeles

Barbara Sukowa as Hildegard von Bingen in Vision Margarethe von Trotta's Vision, Official Selection at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals, will open (via Zeitgeist Films) in Los Angeles at the Laemmle theaters on November 12. A national release will follow. In Vision, two-time European Film Award nominee Barbara Sukowa plays Hildegard von Bingen, a 12th-century Benedictine nun who was a Christian mystic, composer, philosopher, playwright, poet, naturalist, scientist, physician, herbalist and ecological activist. Vision is the fourth feature-film collaboration between writer-director von Trotta and star Sukowa. Their prior joint effort, L'africana, was released in 1990. The first von Trotta-Sukowa effort, Die Bleierne Zeit / Marianne and Juliane, won the Golden Lion at the 1981 Venice Film Festival. Von Trotta was the first female director to take home that award. Also in the Vision cast: Heino Ferch, Gerald Alexander Held, Hannah Herzsprung, Annemarie Düringer and Lena Stolze. Photo: Zeitgeist Films
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Vision (2009)

As a historical drama, Margarethe von Trotta's Vision is easy to appreciate because of its competent execution. Unfortunately, the film might leave enthusiasts of medieval history very hungry because it favours some angles more than others that are more relevant.

The latest film by German director Margarethe von Trotta (Rosenstrasse) follows Hildegard von Bingen (Barbara Sukowa), a German nun best known for her musical compositions, her knowledge in herbal medicine and her religious "visions". In 1106, at the age of eight, Hildegard is sent by her parents at the Benedictine monastery of Disibodenberg. Under the supervision of mother Jutta (Lena Stolze), Hildegard studies herbal medicine, reading, writing and Christianity. Thirty years later, mother Jutta dies and Hildegard is elected as the female abbot by her sisters.

Because she believes she occasionally has "visions" sent by God, Hildegard describes them to brother Volmar (Heino Ferch). With the authorization of the pope,
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Vision (Aus dem Leben der Hildegard von Bingen) | Review

Director: Margarethe von Trotta Writer: Margarethe von Trotta Starring: Barbara Sukowa, Heino Ferch, Hannah Herzsprung, Gerald Alexander Held, Paula Kalenberg, Sunnyi Melles, Annemarie Düringer, Devid Striesow, Annika, Katinka Auberger Hildegard von Bingen (Barbara Sukowa) is a 12th-century Benedictine nun-turned-magistra -- as well as a seer, composer, philosopher, playwright, poet, scientist, naturalist and herbalist -- who is often revered as an early feminist icon. Sent to Disibodenberg Cloister at age 8 (many historians claim von Bingen was not cloistered until age 14), von Bingen is placed in the care of the magistra of the cloister, Jutta (Lena Stolze). Upon Jutta's death, von Bingen is elected as magistra of the cloister. After one of her nuns becomes pregnant at Disibodenberg, von Bingen and about twenty nuns move into the newly constructed St. Rupertsberg monastery -- von Bingen’s loyal confident and teacher Volmar (Heino Ferch) serves as their provost. Vision is reminiscent of director
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