Films 2018

Films 20182018-08-20T07:15:00+00:00

DOUBLE JEOPARDY (USA 1999)

Libby (Ashley Judd) is indicted and convicted of murdering her husband Nick, despite her firm claims of innocence. She places her son Matty into the care of her friend Angie (Annabeth Gish). During a phone conversation with her, Libby hears her son calling for his father in the background. Could Nick still be alive? After several years in a women’s penetentiary, Libby is released on parole and, together with parole officer Travis (Tommy Lee Jones), sets out to find her son and the truth.

With ‘Double Jeopardy’, director Beresford has succeeded in delivering a dense and thrilling tale that is gaining momentum scene after scene. Carried by the persuasive performance of the lead actors as well as a great scenery, ‘Double Jeopardy’ is a constantly entertaining and exciting film with a dramatic finale.

Director Bruce Beresford will introduce the film. Previously, he will be awarded the Cineways Lifetime Achievement Award. The film is screened as part of the event “An evening for Bruce Beresford” on 31.08. at 8:00 pm.

FALLING ROCKS (D 2000)

Six friends find a corpse during a desert trip. The dead man carries a box with rough diamonds, which the group unceremoniously picks up. As they continue on their journey, each of them considers, what he or she could do with the fortune. Soon, the first of them dies under mysterious circumstances and paranoia spreads: Are they chased or is a murderer in their midst who does not want to share?

The German-South African coproduction was filmed in 1999 at original locations in the Kalahari Desert, whose scenic appeal is served by the CinemaScope camera. Peter Keglevic staged the thriller on the principle of Agatha Christie’s novel “And then there was none”. The film premiered at the Munich Film Festival. Other festival performances followed at the Montreal World Film Festival.

91 min, OV German without subtitles

Director Peter Keglevic will provide an introduction to his film.

THE COP AND THE GIRL (D 1985)

A 17 year old girl gets into trouble with her clique. When a policeman tries to help her, she takes his service weapon and car key and wants to disappear across the border. He has to find her and try to settle the matter on her own. Through his methods, however, he gets more and more in the gray area between law and law. Finally, both become hunted; where they notice that they have fallen in love. It follows an escape without plan and goal.

89 min, OV German without subtitles

Director Peter Keglevic will provide an introduction to his film.

 

A ROSE IN WINTER (R: Joshua Sinclair, UK 2018)

A ROSE IN WINTER tells the story of Edith Stein, who was canonized on October 11, 1998, under her monastic name Teresia Benedicta of the Cross of Pope John Paul II. First born a Jew, she converted to Christianity in 1922 and is considered a bridge builder between the two religious communities. Until her murder in the concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, she earned herself a reputation as a great suffragette.

Joshua Sinclair, director, author and producer of A ROSE IN WINTER is well known to fans of Italian genre cinema. Lead actress of A ROSE IN WINTER is Zana Marjanovic, born in 1983 in Sarajevo. Among others, she starred in Angelina Jolie’s IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY in 2011 . The all-star cast also includes Alice Krige, Franco Nero, Ken Duken, Anja Kruse and Hannelore Elsner.

Cinematographer of A ROSE IN WINTER is none other than Vittorio Storaro, triple Oscar winner, responsible for the fact that films like Bernardo Bertolucci’s THE LAST EMPEROR (1987) or Francis Ford Coppola’s APOCALYPSE NOW (1978) could hardly be more impressive.

FALSELY ACCUSED (D: Maria Pulera, USA 2016)

FALSELY ACCUSED is the story of young Shelly (Emma Holzer) who is accused of murdering her brother. In her small hometown, everyone is convinced of her guilt and none of her  steps remain unobserved. She can trust only two people: her mother (Rosanna Arquette) and the mysterious Roy (Parker Mack). To prove her innocence, she embarks on a dangerous journey …

FALSELY ACCUSED is the debut film of Maria Pulera (also production & screenplay) and Vanessa McMahon writes about her on filmfestivals.com:

“Through her avant-garde style, Pulera strives to strategically place the viewer outside of familiarity and entice them to become truly submerged within her atypical universe. A place where thrillers are transformed into something unreal and devastating, and where darkness, desire, and deviance dance into a mélange to bring us beautifully bizarre worlds that explore the sordid, hidden parts of humanity.”

We are very happy that Maria Pulera has announced her visit at the 7th Cineways Filmfestival and we are very excited about what she has to tell in the Q & A after the presentation of FALSELY ACCUSED!

CHARISMATA (D: Andy Collier & Toor Mian, GB 2017)

A rookie female detective, struggling to find acceptance in a police department defined by a culture of bullying and intolerance, watches as things go from bad to worse as her chief suspect in a series of brutal ritualistic murders takes a personal interest in her.

A game of cat and mouse degrades the detective’s grasp on reality and, as she spirals out of control, this young woman must suddenly fight for her sanity, life… and maybe even her soul.

The horror thriller CHARISMATA is the directorial debut of Andy Collier and Toor Mian (both also production) and a smart little genre jewel. Sharp dialogues, an equally pointed imagery, cynicism, feminism. A film not to be missed!

OV English without subtitles

 

 

SLEEP NO MORE (D: Phillip Guzman, USA 2017)

It’s 1986 and a group of graduate students are close to discovering a cure for sleep using an experimental new drug, but something goes terribly wrong with a test subject. After their department closes, the team proceeds in secret – only this time, they experiment on themselves and find that their renunciation of sleep also awakens something completely different …

OV English without subtitles

 

 

 

 

 

SCHATTENWALD (D: Laura Thies, D 2015)

After a burnout, Julika Stetten drives to an old house in the countryside. Here, in the alleged peace and seclusion, she must quickly regain her strength, because as a songwriter, she has an important deadline, to which she must deliver. But the house has a dark secret: In her dreams, Julika receives a visit from Katharina, who lost her life here many years ago. Only when Julika faces the traumatic memories of the death of her own mother, she can solve the mystery of Katharina’s death. She returns to her very own strength and understands where her real life’s work is.

The German mystery thriller was largely financed by a crowdfunding campaign. After director Laura Thies first organized a small cinema tour through Southern Germany in 2015, we are delighted that SCHATTENWALD has found its way onto the screen of the 7th Cineways Film Festival this year. And we are sure that Laura Thies has some exciting production stories to tell us during the Q & A.

OV German

ONE SHOT LEFT (D: Manuel Vogel, D 2017)

Jessica and her companions Markus and Mike visit an abandoned factory. But the lost place turns out not to be that lost. Natalia Orlow and her paramilitary army try to hide a bigger secret. And they will keep anybody from leaving the facility alive. The course of events turns out to follow one evil plan of one desperate person. And Jessica herself is the key to its fulfilment. To avert the worst, Jessica needs to fight. For her friend Markus. For her father. And for her life. Until there is only ONE SHOT LEFT.

“ONE SHOT LEFT is a love letter to the action movies of the 80s and 90s where all the action was for real”, says Manuel Vogel, director and author of ONE SHOT LEFT. The filmmakers around Manuel Vogel and producer Konrad Simon wanted to reawaken this kind of cinematic event and therefore decided to shoot the movie in real time without a single cut. “And we really managed to achieve this. What we now see in 90 minutes has actually happened live and without interruptions”, says Konrad Simon, who was also the cinematographer in charge.

Director Manuel Vogel and Producer Konrad Simon will introduce the film at the festival.

OV English without subtitles

FUCKING BERLIN (D: Florian Gottschick, D 2016)

Sonia comes to Berlin as a 20 year old to study mathematics. She builds a new circle of friends and falls head over heels in love with dear but irresponsible Pole Ladja. For lack of money, but also out of curiosity, Sonia decides to go into prostitution and leads a dangerous double life from then on – as a student and part-time whore. As a prostitute she repeatedly gets into traumatic and unsightly situations, but she also gets to know people with whom she understands herself well to this day. In her student life she loves life and loves to live, from wild party nights to intense love nights and soulful conversations with her friend Ladja. A mess that Sonia has maneuvered herself into. Will she be able to sustain this double life without going down?

Lead actress Svenja Jung and director Florian Gottschick will present the film

OV German

MOLLY (R: Colinda Bongers und Thijs Meuwese, NL 2017)

In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a young woman with supernatural abilities tries to protect a scavenging child while fighting off a group of dangerous marauders who want her to fight in their arena.

MOLLY is a declaration of love to action cinema influenced by such films as the MAD MAX series and John Carpenter’s ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (1981). The heroine easily fits into the feminist universe of a George Miller and directors Colinda Bongers and Thijs Meuwese treat their main character with a respect that, even today, is not shown towards most female action heroines. Julia Batelaan appreciates this with a performance that is as nuanced as it deserves cult status.

Directors Colinda Bongers and Thijs Meuwese as well as lead actress Julia Batelaan will introduce the film.

OV English without subtitles

CARGO (D: Kareem Mortimer, BHS 2017)

A Bahamian fisherman (played by Warren Brown) hopes to pay his gambling debts by smuggling refugees to Florida.

CARGO is the most successful film in the Bahamas. And such an exotic production location rarely attracts attention outside its Caribbean home. We are all the more pleased to have director Kareem Mortimer’s film in the competition of the 7th Cineways Filmfestival.

Finally, CARGO tells a story whose relevance – despite its locality – is also evident outside the Bahamas. You should take the opportunity to experience this special film in the cinema.

OV English & partly Haitian with English subtitles

FOR OUR EYES ONLY: JOHN GLEN (D: Carsten Panitz, D 2018)

British film director John Glen was our honored guest at the 6th Cineways Film Festival in 2017 where he received the Cineways Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as editor, second unit director and director. The documentary film “For Our Eyes Only: John Glen” is based on an almost three-hour interview with Glen, conducted in the garden of his Oxfordshire home shortly before the festival. Glen’s stories from his film career are illustrated with film clips and supplemented by interviews with his wife Janine, Bondgirls Maud Adams and Béatrice Libert as well as film scholars Prof Dr. Ivo Ritzer and Wieland Schwanebeck.

John Glen was responsible for five James Bond films including “For Your Eyes Only”, “Octopussy”, “A View To A Kill”, “The Living Daylights” and “Licence to Kill”). As Editor-in-Chief and Second Unit Director, he worked on three other films about the famous secret agent (“On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” “The Spy Who Loved Me,” and “Moonraker.”

“For Our Eyes Only: John Glen” is the first documentary in a series of planned films about directors being honored at the Cineways Film Festival.

PASSAGE TO MARS (D: Jean-Christophe Jauffre, USA 2016)

Narrated by Zachary Quinto, Passage to Mars documents the Northwest Passage Drive Expedition — a NASA expedition to the Arctic led by planetary scientist Pascal Lee. The goal is to simulate a human expedition to Mars, testing out the latest NASA equipment in terrain that mirrors the cold and harsh desolation of the red planet. But after setting out to cross the infamous Northwest Passage, the crew encounters a series of dangerous setbacks that quickly turn their expedition into an odyssey of survival.

“Captures the truth of exploration — the will to survive against the odds. Gripping!”
— James Cameron (Titanic, Avatar)

OV English without subtitles

ACQUA E ZUCCHERO (D: Fariborz Kamkari, IT 2016)

Carlo di Palma was not only one of Italy’s most influential cinematographers, but also influenced countless filmmakers around the world through his work on more than a hundred films ranging from neorealism to classical Italian comedy, up to his close and long-standing collaboration with Woody Allen.

The films and names he associates with are impressive: Antonioni (“Red Desert”, “Blow Up”), Bertolucci (“Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man”), Monicelli (“Sex Quartet”, “The Girl with the Pistol”), Scola, Germi (“Divorce Italian Style”). He made 10 films with Woody Allen, including masterpieces such as “Radio Days”, “Shadows and Fog”, “Husbands and Wives” and “Deconstructing Harry”. “Acqua e Zucchero” is a kaleidoscope of archive material and new interviews with numerous companions and admirers.

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DEODATO MIDNIGHT DOUBLE FEATURE

Midnight Double-Feature with two films in honor of RUGGERO DEODATO.

MONDO CANNIBALE 2 has been freshly taken off the index and can thus, after a long time, be presented on the big screen. The second film scheduled will be THE HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK.

At this occasion, renowned film scholar Prof. Dr. Marcus Stiglegger will honor the work of the Italian director with a lecture entitled “I wonder who the real cannibals are? – Ruggero Deodatos cinema of the human chasms”.

 

MOONRAKER

007 saves the world – from SPACE!

Agent 007 (Roger Moore) blasts into orbit in this action-packed adventure that takes him to Venice, Rio De Janeiro and outer space.

When Bond investigates the hijacking of an American space shuttle, he and beautiful CIA agent Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles) are soon locked in a life-or-death struggle against Hugo Drax (Michael Lonsdale), a power-mad industrialist whose horrific scheme may destroy all human life on earth!

The film is screened with guest star Corinne Cléry in attendance, who will provide a short introduction.