New in the cinema: The film releases of the week

The stars are lining up for this week's cinema releases: Bradley Cooper, Til Schweiger and Timothée Chalamet are there with their new films.

New in the cinema: The film releases of the week

The stars are lining up for this week's cinema releases: Bradley Cooper, Til Schweiger and Timothée Chalamet are there with their new films.

"Maestro": Bradley Cooper's drama about Leonard Bernstein

Even before its release, there was a lot of excitement surrounding Bradley Cooper's second directorial project. His first film, "A Star is Born" with Lady Gaga, was widely praised by critics and was nominated for numerous awards. His second work now offers star-studded, large-scale emotional cinema. "Maestro" tells the life of the US star composer Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990). The Netflix drama is a heartfelt homage to his person and music - but above all an emotional love story. Carey Mulligan portrays Bernstein's wife, actress Felicia Montealegre, and is at her best as an actress.

Maestro, USA 2023, 129 min., FSK for ages 12 and up, by Bradley Cooper, with Bradley Cooper, Carey Mulligan, Maya Hawke

New film by Til Schweiger: "The best is yet to come!"

The new film by Til Schweiger is coming to cinemas. "The best is yet to come!" tells, as the agency announces, the story of best friends Felix (Til Schweiger) and Arthur (Michael Maertens). After a big misunderstanding, both are convinced that the other only has a few months left to live. "They embark on an adventure together to celebrate life and their friendship one last time."

The best is yet to come!, Germany 2023, 110 min., FSK ages 12 and up, by Til Schweiger, with Til Schweiger, Michael Maertens, Neda Rahmanian

Timothée Chalamet as Willy Wonka

A new story about Willy Wonka, the famous chocolate manufacturer from Roald Dahl's book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", is coming to the cinema. Timothée Chalamet stars in the lead role. He embodies Wonka in his younger years. It was directed by Paul King, writer and director of the “Paddington” films. The film was produced by David Heyman (“Harry Potter”).

Wonka, USA 2023, 117 min., FSK from 0/o.A. years, by Paul King, with Timothée Chalamet, Hugh Grant, Olivia Colman

"Falling Into Place" - Romance by and with Aylin Tezel

First a little flirtation in the bar, then an intense night and finally a deep connection that changes your life: the plot of Aylin Tezel's film "Falling Into Place" is quickly summarized and is not exactly new for the romance film genre. And yet the 40-year-old - previously best known to viewers as an actress from Dortmund's "Tatort" - creates something special in her feature film debut as a director. It is not only an intense portrait of two people and their stories, but also speaks a little bit for the generation of people in their mid-thirties - constantly looking for distraction, whether on social media or in dating apps - and yet with a deep longing to arrive.

Falling Into Place, Germany, Great Britain 2023, 113 min., FSK ages 12 and up, by Aylin Tezel, with Aylin Tezel, Chris Fulton, Alexandra Dowling, Rory Fleck Byrne and others.

"Almost Perfect Christmas": French comedy

In the comedy “Almost Perfect Christmas,” French director and actor Clément Michel tells the story of a Christmas Eve where everything goes out of control. Christmas among the Barands is sacred. Especially for Vincent, the father, who is happy about the reunion of his entire family. When his children cancel their visit at the last minute, he can't imagine spending the holidays alone with his wife. At a Christmas service, the idea of ​​charity comes to him: he quickly decides to invite a lonely resident of a retirement home.

Almost perfect Christmas, France, 2023, 83 min., FSK from 6, by Clément Michel, with Franck Dubosc, Emmanuelle Devos, Danièle Lebrun, Danielle Fichaud

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