The BZ cinema tips from “Dune” to “Madison” – BZ Berlin

Marvel’s new hero “Shang-Chi” is still at the top of German theatrical releases. The animation adventure “Paw Patrol” also holds up on the top places. Milan Peschel put the best new start as “Beckenrand Sheriff” in 4th place.

Peschel will be there again this week. In the drama “Je suis Karl” the Berliner plays a broken father. The absolute highlight among the new releases is “Dune”, an elaborate science fiction epic on the scale of “Star Wars” and “Avatar” that will certainly shoot itself to first place on the cinema charts.

“Dune” – The ultimate science fiction experience

DIE STORY: On the desert planet Arrakis, the precious spice is mined, both a drug and fuel for travel through space. The Atreides house is supposed to take over from the Harkonnen to promote the Spice. Baron Vladimir (Stellan Skarsgård) disagrees and sets a trap for Duke Atreides (Oscar Isaac). However, his son Paul (Timothée Chalamet) escapes.

DIE STARS: In addition to the new discovery Timothée Chalamet (“Little Woman”), top-class stars Oscar Isaac (“Star Wars”), Stellan Skarsgård (“Avengers”) as well as Josh Brolin (“Sicario”), Rebecca Ferguson (“Mission: Impossible”) and Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men”) and Charlotte Rampling (“Angel Heart”) included.

THE DIRECTOR: With the drama “Prisoners” the Canadian Denis Villeneuve inspired Hollywood in 2013 and has since been allowed to shoot super productions such as “Blade Runner 2049”.

BG-SCORING: As early as 1984 David Lynch took on the novel series of the same name by Frank Herbert. A TV miniseries followed in 2000. But Villeneuve now delivers the most successful film adaptation. Because he takes the time to introduce the many characters, but does not forget to also offer great special effects cinema. An abrupt end gives hope for more than one sequel (156 min., Free from 12).

“Saw: Spiral” – The horror returns

Samuel L. Jackson as Marcus knows more ... (Photo: picture alliance / dpa / StudioCanal)
Samuel L. Jackson as Marcus knows more … (Photo: picture alliance / dpa / StudioCanal)

DIE STORY: Body parts of a missing cop are found in a New York subway tunnel. The colleagues Banks (Chris Rock) and Schenk (Max Minghella) are put on the case and come on the trail of a whole series of murders. Is it a copycat of the former Jigsaw killer? Bank’s father (Samuel L. Jackson) knows more.

DIE STARS: Chris Rock began his career as a comedian and was often the key word for Eddie Muprhy (“Beverly Hills Cop 2”) and Will Smith (“The Prince of Bel-Air”). Samuel L. Jackson became a star with “Pulp Fiction” and has been leading the “Avengers” since 2008.

THE DIRECTOR: Darren Lynn Bousman shot parts 2, 3 and 4 of the infamous horror film series “Saw” from 2005 to 2007. With “Saw: Spiral” now follows the 9th part of the never-ending torture orgy.

BG-RATING: You can only look the other way when victims are quartered or even your tongue is torn out. So you should know beforehand what you are getting yourself into. The whole thing is always exciting, but quite a few death struggles are often just disgusting and inhumane (93 min., From 18).

“Small World” – The unlimited child trafficking

DIE STORY: A four-year-old disappears in a Polish village. She was kidnapped by the Russian mafia in order to exploit her for the pedophile market. For the policeman Robert (Piotr Adamczyk) it becomes a life’s work to find the girl again. The years passed before he met 16-year-old sex slave Ola (Julia Wieniawa-Narkiewicz) in Asia.

DIE STARS: In Poland, Piotr Adamczyk, who embodied the composer Fryderyk Chopin in “Karol – Pope und Mensch”, John Paul II and in “Chopin – Longing for Love”, is a star. Julia Wieniawa-Narkiewicz (“My friends are all dead”) is just starting out at 22.

THE DIRECTOR: With “Pitbull” Patryk Vega achieved cult status in Poland. His films “Plagi Breslau – Die Epuchen Wroclaw”, “Die Frauen der Mafia 2” and “Bad Boy” also started in Germany.

BG-RATING: Pedophilia is an ugly subject that most directors stay away from. But Vega wants to show how this perverse market works and how it destroys children’s souls. A mixture of drama and thriller that should hurt (116 min., From 18).

Der besondere Film: „I am Karl“

Karl (Jannis Niewöhner) meets Maxi (Luna Wedler), a fateful encounter with consequences (Photo: © Pandora Film)
Karl (Jannis Niewöhner) meets Maxi (Luna Wedler), a fateful encounter with consequences (Photo: © Pandora Film)

DIE STORY: Terror in Berlin! A bomb attack takes Alex (Milan Peschel) ‘s wife and two children. Now he only has his daughter Maxi (Luna Wedler). While he falls into depression, she wants to do something and runs into Karl (Jannis Niewöhner). The charismatic leader of a right-wing political group has no good plans.

DIE STARS: After “Kids Run” and “Confessions of the impostor Felix Krull”, Jannis Niewöhner shows another facet of his skills. The Swiss Luna Wedler has already shot “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” in Berlin and Milan Peschel (“Halt on the open road”) can currently also be seen in the cinema as the “Basin Edge Sheriff”.

THE DIRECTOR: Christian Schwochow earned his first spurs with TV films such as “Der Turm” and “Bornholmer Straße”. Most recently, he directed the literary film adaptation “Deutschstunde” based on Siegfried Lenz for the cinema.

BG-RATING: “Je suis Karl” pulls its audience out of the cinema seat right at the beginning, followed by a psychodrama and finally the film moves in the direction of a thriller when the events roll over. But that is then often too striking and implausible to be carried away until the unsatisfactory end (116 min., Free from 12).

Cinema for kids: “Madison – Unrestrained Girl Power”

Madison (Felice Ahrens) and her father (Florian Lukas) (Photo: Farbfilmverleih)
Madison (Felice Ahrens) and her father (Florian Lukas) (Photo: Farbfilmverleih)

DIE STORY: At the age of 12, Madison (Felice Ahrens) already wants to be a real athlete. She likes cycling, but the first defeat follows. Her father (Florian Lukas) is a successful sports cyclist himself, and her friends want to help her.

DIE STARS: Florian Lukas from Berlin experienced his breakthrough with “Good Bye, Lenin!”, But has also played in international films such as “Grand Budapest Hotel”. For Felice Ahrens it is the third film role after “Die drei !!!” and “Liliane Susewind”.

THE DIRECTOR: The first feature film by Austrian short film maker Kim Strobl (“Dancing in Circles”).

BG-RATING: A fun children’s film that has a lot of lessons for life in front of wonderful landscapes and a good cast (87 min., Free from 6).

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