New German Titles Among Those Added to Toronto’s World Cinema Roster
by Eugene Hernandez
A trio of new German films are among the titles that will screen at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival. Margarethe von Trotta’s “Rosenstrasse” will have its North American premiere during a gala screening at the Toronto festival, while German hit “Good Bye, Lenin!” and Soren Voigt’s “Identity Kills” will screen in the festival’s Contemporary World Cinema section, along with a handful of other titles that were announced on Tuesday.
Von Trotta’s “Rosenstrasse” stars Katja Riemann, Maria Schrader, Jutta Lampe, Scea Lohde, and Doris Schade in the story of “three women whose identities are linked by a unique event in history.” A StudioCanal presentation and a Studio Hamburg Letterbox/Tele-Muenchen/Get Reel production, the movie was written by Pamela Katz and produced by Richard Schops, Markus Zimmer, and Henrik Meyer.
Seven more titles have been added to the Contemporary World Cinema section, including Wolfgang Becker’s “Good Bye, Lenin!.” The German hit from “Run Lola Run” producers X Filme won nine Lolas, Germany’s Oscar equivalent, after its debut at this year’s Berlinale. It was recently acquired by Sony Pictures Classics.
In the film, Daniel Brühl stars in the story of a son whose mother falls into a coma shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. To protect her heart from the shock of the news once she is revived, he must avoid telling her what is really going on outside their East German apartment.
Soren Voigt’s “Identity Kills,” also from Germany, is described as “a story about a troubled young woman, Karen, struggling to establish her own identity in spite of her psychologically and emotionally abusive boyfriend, Ben.”
Also set for the Contemporary World Cinema section are Alex van Warmerdam’s “Grimm” and Theo van Gogh’s “Interview” from The Netherlands, Mikael Hafstrom’s “Evil” from Sweden, Damien Odoul’s “Errance” from France, and Ruth Mader’s “Struggle” from Austria.