BERLIN (dpa) – Journeys to the past always lead to the present: this is the beginning of the film this week.
Director Andreas Driessen brings a new movie to the cinema
Director Andreas Driessen filmed the story of an extraordinary woman: Rabia Kurnaz who fought to free her son Murad from the United States detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. For years he sat there without charge. In his new film, Driessen shows the mother as a sensitive, funny, and quick-witted woman who fights for her child like a lioness.
Meltem Captan won the Silver Bear at the Berlinale for her role as an actress. The script also received an award – writer Lili Stiller also worked in the Dresen film “Gundermann”. Now, with Spring Kurnaz vs. George W. Bush, they’re releasing a powerful movie that tells an important story with an unexpected amount of humor.
(Rabie Kurnaz vs. George W. Bush, Germany/France 2022, 119 min, FSK of 6 years, by Andreas Driessen, with Meltem Kaptan, Alexander Scheer, Charlie Hoebner and Nazmi Kerek)
Downton Abbey II and the Mystery of the Widowed Countess
For six seasons, Downton Abbey has been about the fate of Lord Grantham’s family, the Crowley family. Births, marriages, intrigues, merry celebrations, tenderness, passion, bereavement – the British aristocratic dynasty seldom experienced. After the series ended in 2016, a movie followed three years later. Now the Crowleys and their servants are back in the cinema.
In 1928, Downton Abbey II: A New Era confronts the family with an ancient secret. Because the widow, Countess Violet, inherited a magnificent villa in the south of France, and no one knows why.
Screenplay again by Julian Fellowes. Otherwise, most fans should be familiar with, above all actors such as Hugh Bonneville as Lord Grantham, Michelle Dockery as his eldest daughter Mary, Jim Carter as former butler Mr. , as the widow of the Countess and Mother of Lourdes.
Downton Abbey II – A New Era, Great Britain/USA 2022, 125 min, FSK from 0, by Simon Curtis, with Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton and Hugh Bonneville
“Vortex” by Gaspar Noé: A drama about aging
As the terrible brat of the French film, Gaspard Noé often caused scandals. With “Vortex” he works on the topic of aging and Alzheimer’s disease in his own way. An elderly couple lives in a Paris apartment filled with books and memories. He is a historian and film theorist who is writing a book on the relationship between cinema and dreams. She is a retired psychoanalyst who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.
For the duration of the entire film, Noé uses split screen technology, which divides the screen into two parts. It allows a person to focus on two characters in different places at the same time, while also showing how two lives trying to overcome old age and disease are no longer in sync.
Vortex, France / Belgium 2021, 135 min, FSK oA, by Gaspard Noé, with Françoise Lebrun, Dario Argento, Alex Lutz
Final Account: A Documentary on National Socialism
Director Luke Holland left an important film in the world. In his documentary The Final Reckoning, people who have suffered from or supported National Socialism are interviewed. In discussions, they have to ask themselves what responsibility they themselves bear. People talk about anti-Semitic propaganda, about the Waffen-SS and the concentration camp refugees who betrayed them. The film was shown at the Venice Film Festival in 2020 and is now in cinemas. Holland, who is no longer alive, dedicated the film to his murdered grandparents and millions of other victims.
Final reckoning, UK/USA 2020, for ages 12+, by Luke Holland