What’s new in cinema: Which films are worthwhile and which are not?

What your heart tells you – Farewell, you idiots!
classification: ***

What do you do when the hourglass is running out? A question that plagues Suze (Virginie Evira) when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Before she dies, the 43-year-old hairdresser wants to track down her son, whom she put up for adoption many years ago. You get active support from an IT professional who struggles with daily work and a blind archive. The research turned out to be a futile undertaking. Actor and film director Albert Dupontel drew inspiration for his latest directorial work from Terry Gilliam’s dystopian classic ‘Brazil’ – veteran Monty Python made a fun guest appearance. On the other hand, Dupontel’s film itself doesn’t always live up to its grandiose ambitions. The 90-minute color film works best as a satire from the boring realm of bureaucracy. Entertaining but overloaded. (spore)

classification: ****

In his works, Hong Sang-soo usually prefers to observe characters performing ordinary everyday actions rather than relying on feature length cinematic dramas in the classic sense. In his latest work, a product of the frenzy of an uncertain pandemic shutdown, the Korean director remains true to steadfast simplicity. In the foreground is a successful writer (Lee Hyeyoung) who wants to become a film director. The planned project becomes more difficult due to writer’s block. Accompanied by coarse-grained black-and-white photos, there are talks in which people rave about artistic creativity and life — including with a director and actress (usually expressive: Kim Min-hee). A philosophical reflection on the value of chance encounters and the poetic power of cinema. Vivid and self-referential. (spore)

II . works
classification: ****

At the end of the 1990s, Fridolin Schonweze produced a short film about three primary school children with physical and mental disabilities. More than two decades later, the director reunited with Gerald, Michael and Valentine. Children at that time became single-minded adults, who, despite their disability, mastered the obstacles of everyday life with flying colors. The field of activity now covers a wide range – from ÖBB employees to YouTubers. Compassionate and devoid of dread pathos, the documentary depicts three people who don’t let their clinical portraits frustrate them. Negative stereotypes are subtly broken down. Life affirming and impactful.

Anima – Dad’s Dresses
classification: ****

When Olly Decker’s father passed away, the estate contains not only family diaries and photos, but also a chest full of high heels. Her father was secretly dressed as a woman. The documentary “Anima – My Father’s Clothes” tells of a secret double life filled with shame, guilt and hiding in middle-class Catholic Bavaria. The daughter’s trauma is spread across generations in her own way, as she wonders “why the line between male and female is so closely guarded”. The documentary won the Audience and Documentary Award at the Max Ophüls Festival, and was presented at the Berlin Porn Film Festival last week. The life-affirming film is a touching and deeply personal family story that catches up with a lost liberation. With plenty of humor in words, pictures, beautiful animations, photos, conversations and quotes from the diary, the director draws up a human biography of her father, who can now finally speak frankly. (Mao)

classification: ****

The call for film selection about Josephine Mutzenbacher was simple: “We are looking for male actors between the ages of 16 and 99. Filming experience is not required,” according to an ad. 150 men came forward, and about half received an invitation to the tattered pink couch. The association with the “cast sofa” tradition in the film and theater industry is evident.
The assignment: Read texts from the novel “Josefine Mutzenbacher or The Story of a Viennese Wench Told by Herself,” published anonymously in 1906 and still controversial today due to its pornographic images involving a minor. It didn’t stop there, because quick-witted lecturer Ruth Beckerman engaged boys and men in conversations about sex, intimacy, pornography, images of masculinity, taboos, fears, shame, assaults, arousal and eroticism. A godsend for a movie. (JS) Read a detailed review here.

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