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Die schwarze Spinne / The Black Spider (1983) Mark M. Rissi, Beatrice Kessler, Walo Lüönd, Peter Ehrlich, Horror, Mystery
This film about a black spider that symbolizes evil works well when focusing on the old 19th century story by Jeremias Gotthelf. A group of drug addicts are doing without because of a crooked dealer and in desperation, they break into a chemical plant to get their hands on what they need, later escaping to temporary shelter in a farmhouse.
Fassbinder: To Love Without Demands / Fassbinder: at elske uden at kræve (2015) Christian Braad Thomsen, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Irm Hermann, Harry Baer, Documentary
Thomsen presents previously unseen interview footage recorded with Fassbinder throughout their fifteen-year friendship, which spans exactly the length of his career – their first encounter was at the Berlinale in 1969 where Fassbinder’s debut was famously booed (you can hear the cries of “Awful!” and “Shame!” on the archive footage), and their last was just three weeks before his untimely death.
Sechs Schwedinnen im Pensionat / Six Swedes on a Campus (1979) Erwin C. Dietrich, Brigitte Lahaie, Lynn Monteil, France Lomay, Comedy, Erotic
Erwin Dietrich scores again with this sexy and fantasy-filled take on Girls School antics. Brigitte Lahaie shines, as usual, and the other cast members play their parts with gusto! The libidinous female teacher gives some memorable “health” classes (on exploring their own bodies, etc.), pillow-fights in the dorm, voyeurism, even nude butterfly-catching!
True Love Ways (2015) Mathieu Seiler, Anna Hausburg, David C. Bunners, Kai Michael Müller, Horror, Thriller
After a recurring dream Séverine decides she needs to get away from her boyfriend Tom for a couple of days. Tom makes a deal with a man he meets at a bar: Séverine will be kidnapped. Tom rescues her from the clutches of the kidnappers, and will become her savior. However what Tom does not know is that his new made friend has a different plan with Séverine. Faced with violent criminals and her own primal fears, Séverine is pulled into a brutal game of unfulfilled desire and the search for true love.
The Chambermaid Lynn / Das Zimmermädchen Lynn (2014) Ingo Haeb, Vicky Krieps, Lena Lauzemis, Christian Aumer, Drama
Lynn is the most thorough chambermaid at the hotel where she works. Crippled by her own shyness, she rummages through the guests’ belongings and even hides under their beds, vicariously experiencing their discreet interludes. When she finds herself present during a session with the call girl Chiara, Lynn can’t help but let her curiosity get the better of her. Bold and unrestrained, Chiara soon draws Lynn out of her shell, opening her up to a new intimacy Lynn had previously only experienced as an intrepid voyeur.
The White Ribbon / Das weiße Band – Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009) Michael Haneke, Christian Friedel, Ernst Jacobi, Leonie Benesch, Drama, Mystery
From July, 1913 to the outbreak of World War I, a series of incidents take place in a German village. A horse trips on a wire and throws the rider; a woman falls to her death through rotted planks; the local baron’s son is hung upside down in a mill; parents slap and bully their children; a man is cruel to his long-suffering lover; another sexually abuses his daughter. People disappear. A callow teacher, who courts a nanny in the baron’s household, narrates the story and tries to investigate the connections among these accidents and crimes. What is foreshadowed? Are the children holy innocents? God may be in His heaven, but all is not right with the world; the center cannot hold.
Blind Justice / Unter Ausschluß der Öffentlichkeit (1961) Harald Philipp, Peter van Eyck, Marianne Koch, Eva Bartok, Drama
This tale of courtroom drama, espionage, and Peter van Eyck being super cool as usual casts our lead as a District Attorney becomes deeply involved in a murder case after the suspect produces a surprise witness.
The teacher Antek Liebmann moves to the French countryside to leave his former life in Germany behind. He soon gets a job and finds himself in a new relationship. But the strange energy of a near-by artists residency and an unexpected visitor from Germany make him realise he cannot escape his memories. He has to find his own way to confront the ghosts of his past.