the film releases of the week News
A tragic comedy with Tom Hanks, a thriller from South Korea, a drama from the Black Forest and scary pictures from Syria – these are the theatrical releases this week.
No One Can Do Everything Alone: ”A Man Named Otto”
American actor and producer Tom Hanks uses familiar material for his new film. Swedish author Fredrik Backman published a bestseller in 2012 with “A Man Called Ove”. Three years later there was already a Swedish film adaptation of Hannes Holm. Now the American follows.
The story is about Otto Anderson (Hanks), a cork man who after the death of his wife no longer sees any meaning in his life. Otto is an aging pedant. He controls the waste separation, refers to regulations, lives within clearly defined rules. When a vibrant young family moves in across the street, he is challenged to see life through different eyes.
A Man Named Otto, USA 2022, 126 min, FSK 12, by Marc Forster, with Tom Hanks, Mariana Treviño, Rachel Keller, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo
Love and Science Fiction: “Out of My Skin”
Magical realism, science fiction – or just an incredible love story? “Out of my skin” does not fit in any drawer. Leyla (Mala Emde) and Tristan (Jonas Dassler) travel to a remote island. Many couples come together to see the world through the eyes of another person. Because on the island it is possible to swap bodies. So it is that Leyla’s childhood friend Stella is in her father’s (Edgar Selge) body. Leyla and Tristan swap bodies with another couple.
What initially sounds like an exciting experiment is much more. Because the perception in the foreign body not only changes the external behavior, but also the life attitude. And then Leyla doesn’t want to go back to her old “me”.
Aus meine Haut, Germany 2022, 103 minutes, FSK from 12, by Alex Schaad, with Mala Emde, Jonas Dassler, Maryam Zaree, Dimitrij Schaad, Edgar Selge
“Woman in the Mist”: Thriller by Park Chan-wook
Park Chan-wook is one of the great masters of South Korean cinema. The 59-year-old is known for his elegant, dark thrillers, which are often underpinned with subtle irony. This is also the case in his new film “The Woman in the Fog”, which won the director’s prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2022 – a visual masterpiece.
The thriller tells the story of police officer Chang Hae-joon (Park Hae-il). He investigates an alleged accidental death and finds himself drawn to the victim’s widow, Tang Wei (Song Seo-rae). Chang Hae-joon becomes more and more involved in the case. Tang Wei soon becomes the focus of the investigation – and the policeman finds it difficult to distinguish himself.
The Woman in the Mist, South Korea 2022, 138 minutes, R16+, by Park Chan-wook, with Tang Wei, Park Hae-il
Drama: “When Will You Kiss My Wounds”
“When will you kiss my wounds” by Hanna Doose tells the story of four old friends who meet again after a long time on a lonely farm in the Black Forest. Then old conflicts break out.
Laura (Gina Henkel) and Jan (Alexander Fehling) have recently moved from Berlin to a lonely farm in the Black Forest. Her friend Kathi (Katarina Schröter) also lives there, who is terminally ill and does not want to go to therapy. The everyday life of the three gets confused when Kathi’s sister Maria (Bibiana Beglau) arrives from Berlin by motorbike. In the luggage some drugs and money problems. How do I want to live? what makes me happy Questions like these are negotiated in the drama.
When will you kiss my wounds, Germany 2022, 115 minutes, FSK from 16, by Hanna Doose, with Bibiana Beglau, Gina Henkel, Katarina Schröter, Alexander Fehling
“The lost souls of Syria”: Prison torture and the slow justice
Half-naked corpses in the dust, numbered and photographed on behalf of Syria’s security services: The photos of the Syrian defector “Caesar”, who smuggled 27,000 torture pictures abroad, have given the world public shocking evidence of the crimes in the civil war-torn country.
“The Lost Souls of Syria” by Stéphane Malterre and Garance Le Caisne documents years of efforts to bring the case to court in Europe. “Caesar” himself, who secretly copied the pictures and who is now considered public enemy number one in Syria, also anonymously says what he says.
The film sometimes makes you hesitate as to which is more depressing: the brutality of Syria’s torture apparatus or the powerlessness of the international judiciary.
The Lost Souls of Syria, F/D, 99 minutes, FSK 16+, by Stéphane Malterre and Garance Le Caisne