Dreamland (2019) – DNF

Dreamland
Director: Bruce McDonald
Writer: Tony Burgess, Patrick Whistler
Cast: Stephen McHattie, Henry Rollins, Juliette Lewis, Lisa Houle, Tómas Lemarquis
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 26.9.2019

Plot:
Gang boss Hercules (Henry Rollins) hires hitman Johnny (Stephen McHattie) to bring him the pinky of a trumpet player who is only known as The Maestro (Stephen McHattie). It should be a straight-forward job, but things get more complicated than expected at first – as they usually do.

It took all about 15 minutes until I looked at my watch for the first time, only to despair that only 15 minutes had passed so far. Mercifully, I fell asleep soon after that and escaped the biggest part of the film, which is why I’m counting it as “did not finish”, even if I woke up to see the showdown, which worked as little for me as the first part of the film. What happened that brought me down so much? It definitely had to do with the sound and the exhausting moments. Even if there were a couple of entertaining moments (the robbery of the pawn shop), the pacing was way off. And McHattie’s double role was a problem to. At first I didn’t realize that he was actually supposed to be two different people, and then I thought it was incredibly stilted. Overall, I’d probably have slept better at home, but at least I slept.

The film poster showing Henry Rollins, Stephen McHattie and Juliette Lewis as well as a group of bloodied girls.

Touch Me Not (2018)

Touch Me Not
Director: Adina Pintilie
Writer: Adina Pintilie
Cast: Laura Benson, Tómas Lemarquis, Christian Bayerlein, Grit Uhlemann, Hanna Hofmann, Seani Love, Adina Pintilie
Part of: Viennale
Seen on: 6.11.2018
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Plot:
In this mix of fiction and documentary, Laura (Laura Benson), Tómas (Tómas Lemarquis) and Christian (Christian Bayerlein) share their journey of (re-)discovering intimacy, looking for connections and overcoming their fears by finding them.

Touch Me Not is a fantastic film. It’s touching, interesting, smart and full of insights. It’s not only a film about intimacy, it is a film that’s intimate itself, sharing something very valuable.

The film poster showing the upper body of a naked woman, throwing her head back mid-orgasm.
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Vor der Morgenröte [Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe] (2016)

Vor der Morgenröte
Director: Maria Schrader
Writer: Maria Schrader, Jan Schomburg
Cast: Josef Hader, Aenne SchwarzBarbara SukowaMatthias BrandtCharly HübnerTómas LemarquisLenn KudrjawizkiHarvey FriedmanNicolau BreynerIvan ShvedoffAndré SzymanskiValerie PachnerDaniel Puente Encina
Seen on: 16.6.2016

Plot:
Stefan Zweig (Josef Hader) is a successful writer of wide renown. As an Austrian Jew, he decided to leave Europe behind after Hitler’s rise to power and now lives in Brazil with his wife Lotte (Aenne Schwarz). But the political situation in Europe follows him even into his exile, as people all seem to expect something of him, a statement, taking position, outright help – and Zweig really doesn’t know how to handle this pressure as his attempts to distance himself from everything continue to fail.

Vor der Morgenröte captures an awkward, uncomfortable atmosphere perfectly and tells a World War 2 story from a perspective that is unusual, and definitely fascinating.

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