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German Films Set For Strong Showing at TIFF

Some 33 German films and co-productions are set to unspool in various sections of this year’s Toronto Film Festival. Veteran auteurs and up-and-coming filmmakers alike are represented in the German contingent.

Wim Wenders’ 3D drama “Every Thing Will Be Fine” (pictured), making its North American premiere at Toronto, follows a struggling writer (James Franco) dealing with the consequences of a tragic car accident. Wenders says, “It’s the first film of its kind: an intimate family drama, told in three dimensions.” He calls the character-driven study the perfect story for the kind of 3D that he had in mind. “Three-D allows you to have a whole new insight into how people feel and think. It is capable of almost looking into their souls like with x-rays. It allows actors to play and interiorize their parts on a whole different level.”

Several pictures explore the consequences of the World War II. In Atom Egoyan’s “Remember,” Christopher Plummer plays a Holocaust survivor seeking vengeance. Lars Kraume’s “The People vs. Fritz Bauer,” which unspools in Contemporary World Cinema, tells the story of the German-Jewish district attorney, played by Burghart Klaussner (“The White Ribbon”), who was instrumental in the capture of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann. Danish director Martin Zandvliet’s “Land of Mine,” which opens the new Platform section, follows a group of young German POWs forced to clear millions of mines from the Danish coast following the Allied victory.

Two notable pictures screen in Special Presentations. Florian Gallenberger “Colonia” follows a young couple (Emma Watson and Daniel Bruehl) who, in the aftermath of the 1973 coup in Chile, end up in a remote stronghold led by a sinister German preacher (Michael Nyqvist) that served as a center of torture for the regime of Augusto Pinochet. Sebastian Schipper’s “Victoria,” about a young Spanish woman who ends up driving the getaway car for Berlin bank robbers, has impressed moviegoers with its single extended take. “Victoria” made a splash at the Berlinale, winning the Silver Bear.

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