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From Technothrillers to Muckraking Dramas, German Highlights of New York’s KINO! Film Festival

From Technothrillers to Muckraking Dramas, German Highlights of New York's KINO! Film Festival

Now in its second year as an independent festival, KINO! will showcase ten feature-length films, with four North American premieres and six East Coast debuts, plus the German Short Film Night at the Cinema Village in Lower Manhattan. Trailers rounded up below.

Organized by German Films, KINO! kicks off April 9 with Christian Zübert’s “Tour de Force,” a dramedy that follows a group of German friends biking across Belgium. Variety writes that the film, which played Toronto, Miami and elsewhere, “stands a solid chance at being one of [Germany’s] more successful pics.”

Mark Monheim’s coming-of-age drama “About a Girl,” picked up by Global Screen for worldwide distribution, turns on a 15-year-old mortuary apprentice whose failed suicide attempts leads her to finding romance.

Christoph Hochhäusler mines “All the President’s Men” territory with his political thriller “The Lies of the Victors,” an acclaimed Rome premiere with “strong performances and stylistic chops” (THR). When a rising investigative journalist in Berlin discovers a slush fund driving the placement of army vets into industrial waste jobs, his muckraking digs up more illicit findings in the world of political lobbying. 

Seen at the Busan International Film Festival, Stepan Altrichter’s North American-premiering “Schmitke” also hits KINO! This dryly humorous character studying, well-reviewed upon its debut, follows a German engineer as he’s pulled mysteriously into the Czech forest to which he’s assigned to work.

Svelte German star Tom Schilling headlines Swiss director Baran bo Odar’s (the gripping 2010 missing person mystery “The Silence”) cyber-thriller “Who Am I – No System Is Safe” as an underground hacker who undertakes a spree of online criminal activity. The director’s next and first English-language film, “Sleepless Night,” will star Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan and is currently in pre-production.

More info over at KINO! here.

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