THE LEGEND OF TIMM THALER OR THE BOY WHO SOLD HIS LAUGHTER
TIMM THALER ODER DAS VERKAUFTE LACHEN
2017, Beta Cinema, 102 min, Germany, Dir: Andreas Dresen

James Krüss’ celebrated 1962 children’s novel comes to life in this delightful fantasy about a young boy’s reckoning with his own identity. Timm Thaler (Arved Friese) is an ordinary child, but he has an extraordinary laugh - a laugh so contagious that the devil himself (Justus von Dohnányi) would trade untold riches to obtain it. After the devious Baron tricks him into trading the laugh for the ability to win any bet, Timm embarks on a quest to settle the score, while discovering the priceless nature of true happiness. With sun-kissed cinematography and big-budget set pieces, this German blockbuster is good-hearted fun for the whole family.


BLUE MY MIND
2017, Uncork'd Entertainment, 97 min, Switzerland, Dir: Lisa Brühlmann

A shocking debut from first-time director Lisa Brühlmann, BLUE MY MIND makes bold departures from the tired coming-of-age drama. Mia (Luna Wedler) seems like an ordinary 15-year-old girl dealing with school, popularity contests and her own changing hormones. But nothing is ordinary about her startling secret: Her body is slowly adopting fish-like characteristics. As it becomes increasingly apparent that Mia is transforming into a carnivorous mermaid, she must learn to accept that she will never be the same. The film’s poetic metaphor is accompanied by startling body horror, making for an unforgettably visceral experience. “For a student film - director Lisa Brühlmann made BLUE MY MIND as her film-school thesis project - it's quite impressive.” – Katie Rife, AV Club.


TRANSIT
2018, Music Box Films, 101 min, Germany/France, Dir: Christian Pezold

Staged in modern dress, acclaimed director Christian Pezold’s (PHOENIX) adaptation of the 1942 novel of the same name follows a man on the run from advancing German troops in France. While fleeing, Georg (Franz Rogowski) acquires documents promising a Mexican visa to an author who had committed suicide in a French hotel. Identity, morality and the meaning of human connection are all brought into question in a thriller that resonates with refugee crises past and present. Also starring Paula Beer and Godehard Giese. “A film that shivers with the awareness of absence, distance and the relentless, elastic course of time’s arrow.” - Guy Lodge, Variety.


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