The year has been off to a good start as these five gems will soon hit a cinema near you…
1. Eddie the Eagle
He was THE loser in Ski Jumping – but he was also the FIRST BRIT EVER to take part in an Olympic ski jumping contest – a sport that is usually dominated by Norwegians, Finns, Swiss, Germans and Austrians. This kind of made him a winner again. And now even Hollywood picked up on it.
According to IMDb, the comedy-drama-biography is set to be released by 20th Century Fox on 26 February 2016 (US), 31 March 2016 (Germany) and 1 April 2016 (UK).
Shot on the original location of Germany’s No. 1 ski jumping location Garmisch-Patenkirchen in Bavaria, Taron Egerton is Eddie. Somehow, he looked much cooler with his chavy baseball caps and track suits in Kingsman, but obviously he needed the complete look of Eddie for this one (including his nerdy glasses that usually steamed up before a jump and could be thrown away after…)
Oh my, I am so looking forward to this! I have to start laughing even if I only read about Eddie. But I’m sure this film is gonna be equally as heart-warming as it’s gonna be hilarious!
2. Der geilste Tag (Best Day Ever)
With so many great German films in recent years, I think we can be sure that newest flick by Germany’s comedy star Matthias Schweighöfer (Friendship!) and his equally popular co-actor Florian David Fitz (Männerherzen) just has to be amazing!
In Der geilste Tag (roughly translated: Best Day Ever), two terminally ill guys meet in a hospital where they are told that they are going to die soon. Since they figured they don’t have anything to lose and certainly don’t have to pay back any money, they decide to take up a loan and travel the world.
However, there is of course a twist and at the end of the world – in Southafrica – the two guys realize that they were actually looking for something totally different…
Even though the film’s subject is a very sad one, the trailer suggests that there are quite a few funny moments in it. Plus, with Matthias Schweighöfer, Florian David Fitz and Alexandra Maria Lara, this gotta be a safe bet for yet another entertaining Schweighöfer film set to be realised in Germany on 25 February 2016.
In 1973, a young couple becomes entangled during the Chilean military coup and street protests against General Augusto Pinochet. When Daniel (German star Daniel Brühl, Good Bye, Lenin!) is abducted by Pinochet’s secret police, his wife Lena (Emma Watson, Noah) tries to find and rescue him.
Lena tracks Daniel to a sealed-off village called “Colonia Dignidad”, which is officially claims to be a charitable mission, but is in fact a sect from which no-one has ever escaped. Lena decides nonetheless to join the cult in an attempt to save her husband…
Based on a true story, this drama by Oscar-winner Florian Gallenberger unfortunately only earned very negative reviews so far. I am still curious to watch this thriller when it will be realised in Germany on 18 February 2016.
4. Hail, Caesar!
This looks like a hilarious comedy with an amazing cast! Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, and Ralph Fiennes, the film follows Eddie Mannix (Brolin), a “fixer” working in a Hollywood film studio in the 1950s and trying to keep the scandals of actors out of the press.
During filming of the film-in-the-film, the main actor playing Caesar (George Clooney) is kidnapped by a group calling itself “The Future”. Eddie then has to collect $100,000 in order to save his cast member and prevent worse things from happening.
In the US, the film will be released on 5 February 2016. In Germany, Hail, Caesar! Will open this year’s Berlin International Film Festival, also known as the Berlinale, on 11 February 2016. I am sure to watch it! The trailer looks great!