COLD HELL
DIE HÖLLE
2017, 92 min, Germany, Dir: Stefan Ruzowitzky

In this smart and gritty film from the director of ANATOMY and Oscar winner THE COUNTERFEITERS, Özge (Violetta Schurawlow) is a second-generation Turkish woman just getting by in Vienna, where she drives taxis and takes night classes. After she witnesses a murder in a nearby apartment - and the killer sees her - Özge faces a whole new struggle for survival, one that is complicated by a police detective (Tobias Moretti) distrustful of immigrants. Awash in the colors and shadows of Italian giallo films and the violence of ’80s American B-movies, COLD HELL is never anything less than thrilling.


GRUBER IS LEAVING
GRUBER GEHT
2015, 104 min, Austria, Dir: Marie Kreutzer

John Gruber (Manuel Rubey) is the epitome of arrogance; between business trips, nightclubs and countless one-night stands, the dry-witted cynic has little left for anyone else, and that’s how he likes it. But Berlin-based DJ Sarah (Bernadette Heerwagen) turns his self-centered world on its head when, after their night together, she reads him the diagnosis of his recent stomach problems – a tumor. Gruber’s façade quickly crumbles, and with a new regimen of chemotherapy and a growing infatuation with Sarah, Gruber slowly begins to drop his guard. But will he really change? Kreutzer’s faithful adaptation of Doris Knecht’s best-selling novel is strengthened by cinematographer Leena Koppe’s ability to capture Gruber’s darkly comical transition from distant loner to a man finding himself. In German with English subtitles.


MORE THAN HONEY
2012, Kino Lorber, 90 min, Switzerland/Germany/Austria, Dir: Markus Imhoof

Winner of multiple awards, including the 2013 German Film Award (Lola) for Best Documentary film, MORE THAN HONEY, directed by Oscar-nominated director Markus Imhoof (THE BOAT IS FULL), tackles the vexing issue of why bees are facing extinction. With the tenacity of a man out to solve a world-class mystery, he investigates this global phenomenon, from California to Switzerland, China and Australia. Exquisite photography of the bees in flight and in their hives reveals a fascinating, complex world in crisis. Writes Eric Kohn in Indiewire: "Imhoof captures the breeding of queen bees in minute detail, ventures to a laboratory to witness a bee brainscan, and discovers the dangerous prospects of a hive facing the infection of mites. In this latter case, the camera's magnifying power renders the infection in sci-fi terms, as if we've stumbled into a discarded scene from David Cronenberg's THE FLY." This is a strange and strangely moving film that raises questions of species survival in cosmic as well as apiary terms. In German and English with English subtitles.


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