You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Snowman’s Land

Deadpan take on befuddled urban hitmen assigned to a far-flung winter wonderland.

With: Jurgen Rissmann, Thomas Wodianka, Reiner Schone, Eva-Katrin Hermann, Walera Kanischtscheff, Luc Feit, Detlef Bothe.

A Teutonic mix of Tarantino and Jarmusch, “Snowman’s Land” provides considerable diversion with its deadpan take on befuddled urban hitmen assigned to a far-flung winter wonderland. Impressively handled sophomore feature by writer-helmer Thomasz Thompson isn’t quite a slam dunk, but should beguile fans of twisty, offbeat genre fare. Launching theatrically in Germany at month’s end, it stands a fair chance of attracting offshore distribs.

A major malfunction on his last job gets grizzled, grumpy Walter (Jurgen Rissmann) temporarily exiled to a colleague’s castoff gig high in the mountains. There he’s joined by manic younger hitman Mickey (Thomas Wodianka, a hoot) and given sullen welcome by Sybille (Eva-Katrin Hermann), sexy mate of their employer Berger (Reiner Schone). Before Berger turns up, however, a wee accident occurs that the two visitors desperately hide from their suspicious host. Armed local yokels and abrupt power-dynamic reversals (also involving Walera Kanischtscheff as Berger’s Russian strongarm) gradually winnow the already slim character roster. Last reel could pack more punch, as several figures simply exit forestward to offscreen fates. But droll humor and razor-sharp packaging (highlighted by Ralf M. Mendle’s widescreen lensing) keep pic enjoyable throughout.

Snowman's Land


Production: A Noirfilm production in association with ZWR, Debut and Arte. (International sales: Noirfilm, Karslube, Germany.) Produced by Boris Michalski. Executive producers, Darko Lovrinic, Michalski. Directed, written, edited by Thomasz Thompson.

Crew: Camera (color, widescreen), Ralf M. Mendle; music, Luke Lalonde; production designer, Thorsten Sabel; costume designer, Monika Gebauer. (Also in Edinburgh, Athens festivals.) Reviewed at Montreal World Film Festival (Focus on World Cinema), Aug. 27, 2010. (Also in Edinburgh Film Festival.) Running time: 99 MIN.

With: With: Jurgen Rissmann, Thomas Wodianka, Reiner Schone, Eva-Katrin Hermann, Walera Kanischtscheff, Luc Feit, Detlef Bothe.

More Film

  • Lisa Borders Time's Up

    Time's Up President Lisa Borders Resigns

    Lisa Borders has resigned as president of Time’s Up, she and the organization announced on Monday. Borders is resigning due to family issues, she said in a statement. Time’s Up COO Rebecca Goldman will now serve as interim CEO. “As Time’s Up continues to grow, I am proud of the work I have done to [...]

  • Keira Knightly as "Rachael Morgan" in

    Film Review: Keira Knightley in 'The Aftermath'

    Less widely seen (and acclaimed) than it deserved to be, James Kent’s debut feature “Testament of Youth” was one of the great recent love-in-wartime dramas, translating the intimate romance and sprawling human tragedy of Vera Brittain’s WWI memoir with a grace and heft worthy of its David Lean allusions. Four years on, it’s not hard [...]

  • Inside Amazon's New Feature Film Strategy

    Amazon's New Film Strategy: Straight-to-Service Titles and Starry Sundance Buys

    It was close to midnight when Amazon Studios chief Jennifer Salke got the text. The company had failed in its quest to acquire “Brittany Runs a Marathon,” a body image dramedy that captivated Salke when she saw it at Sundance. A sales agent on the project messaged her to say that a competitor offered a [...]

  • Alfonso Cuaron71st Annual Writers Guild Awards,

    Alfonso Cuarón on Academy's 'Inevitable' Reversal on Televised Oscar Categories

    Alfonso Cuarón isn’t exactly surprised that the Academy reversed its decision and will now air all the Oscar categories during the live show on Sunday. Feb. 24. Calling the decision “inevitable,”Cuarón tells Variety that he thinks the Academy should take things even further. “Let’s stop calling them technical categories!” he told Variety on Sunday night [...]

  • TorinoFilmLab Announces Selections for 2019 ScriptLab

    TorinoFilmLab Announces Selections for 2019 ScriptLab (EXCLUSIVE)

    The TorinoFilmLab has announced the 20 feature projects and five story editor trainees who have been selected to take part in the 2019 edition of ScriptLab, an initiative focused on the development of fiction feature film scripts in early development stage. Beginning in March, this year’s participants will team up with filmmakers from around the [...]

  • Alita Battle Angel

    North American Box Office Declines From Last Year With Weak Presidents Day Weekend

    “Alita: Battle Angel” easily won a tepid Presidents Day weekend with a $34.2 million at 3,790 North American locations, estimates showed Monday. Overall domestic moviegoing for 2019 has plunged 22.1% to $1.24 billion as of Monday, according to Comscore. That’s $350 million below the same date a year ago and the lowest figure at this [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content