Still smarting from its omission of The Lives of Others in 2007, the selection committee has admitted three German movies to competition, but it’s the German cross-genre Beziehungsweisen (directed by Calle Overweg, Forum) that really deserves attention, as couples played by actors go into therapy with real-life therapists.
Werner Herzog’s Death Row (Special) continues the master’s fascination with the parameters of human existence as he interviews death row inmates.
Volker Schlöndorff is back with La mer à l’aube (Panorama), a promising return to the director’s recurring theme of individual versus collective, about the execution of young French Resistance fighter Guy Môquet by Nazi occupiers during WWII. Something of a French Sophie Scholl, Môquet gave his name to a famous Paris metro station, and his commemoration in schools appears to have been the result of no less than a personal crusade by Sarko.
Perspektive Deutsche Kino unites young German talents under section director Linda Söffker’s dictum: “The GDR was colourful, adolescents are critical and good films end in our minds.” And this year, Retrospective concentrates on the heyday of a fascinating and unique Russo-German cooperation: the Mezhrabpom-Film studio and its German affiliate Prometheus, active from 1922 to 1936.
Over 40 films (including some German premieres) will be shown as part of the red “dream factory” programme, with live music for silent movies, and time for debate and discussion after screenings.