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Filmfest München 2015 - CineMerit Gala at Festivalzentrum Gasteig

Jean-Jacques Annaud and Diana Iljine - Filmfest München 2015 - CineMerit Gala at Festivalzentrum Gasteig at Festivalzentrum Gasteig - Munich, Germany - Monday 29th June 2015

Jean-Jacques Annaud, Katja Eichinger, Jessica Kastrop and Diana Iljine
Jean-Jacques Annaud and Katja Eichinger
Jean-Jacques Annaud, Katja Eichinger and Diana Iljine
Jean-Jacques Annaud
Jean-Jacques Annaud and Jessica Kastrop

Seven Years in Tibet Review


Good
Pitt stars as a reluctant Nazi who finds peace in, well, Tibet, in this sweeping epic about the holy kingdom and its own struggles against invaders. Seven Years only seems like two or three, though.

Two Brothers Review


Good
Set against the dramatic backdrops of the ancient temples of Angkor in Cambodia and the jungles of Cambodia and Thailand, Two Brothers is a gorgeously filmed fable centering on two tiger cub brothers that suffer at the hands of humans, only to rise up against their captors and overcome. Let's just say that if you sided more with the tiger in the Siegfried and Roy mauling, this is definitely the film for you.

Director Jean-Jacques Annaud (Enemy at the Gates, The Lover) returns to wild animal territory last seen in his film The Bear, choosing to focus his latest project - a children's movie - on two live, non-talking, non-CGI tigers. The result is a pleasantly sweet-natured and sometimes remarkable kids' film. Perhaps the biggest shocker is that, in these days of Babe and Pixar, Universal let this honest tale get out of the edit room without CGI-ing in even a single eyebrow-raise on these cubs' faces.

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Enemy At The Gates Review


Weak
It's Stalingrad, late 1942. A young Russian sharpshooter is picking off Germans at will, bringing a much-needed lift to a demoralized Soviet army. The impatient Nazis send their top sniper to kill the man. A World War diminishes in scope to a battle of two. With such a promising plot, absolutely ripe for gutsy drama and emotion, why does Enemy at the Gates ultimately fail?

First, and foremost, because of its screenplay. Director Jean-Jacques Annaud (Seven Years in Tibet, The Bear) and partner Alain Godard take a horrific true tale and sap it of its energy, irony, and tension. It starts off impressively enough: Russian soliders are immediately gunned down as they arrive in Stalingrad -- if not by the enemy, then by their own officers, who kill the boys when they retreat in terror. Vassily Zaitsev (Jude Law) becomes an instant hero when he plays dead, and in sniper fashion, shoots a number of unsuspecting Nazis.

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Black And White In Color Review


Good
Its message is more enduring in regards to war than in regards to race relations, but Black and White in Color is nonetheless a classic still worthy of its Best Foreign Film Oscar, won way back in 1977.

Released just in time for a wave of anti-French sentiment, the film follows a French colony in Africa's Ivory Coast on the eve of World War I. The Frenchmen discover that war has been declared, so they figure they'll do their part by attacking the German colony up the river. After all, they have six rifles, and one of them's an automatic.

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