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Walk With Me – erzählt von Benedict Cumberbatch

Es ist alles andere als ein üblicher Film. Doch wer auf Action-Szenen nicht verzichten kann, für den ist „Walk With Me“ nicht unbedingt die erste Wahl, wenn es um eine gute abendliche Unterhaltung geht. Es sei denn, man sucht Ruhe und Entspannung, die weder etwas mit  Kitsch noch  mit platter Unterhaltung zu tun hat. Das Publikum soll das Kino mit einem Gefühl des inneren Friedens und der Zufriedenheit verlassen, wenn es den Film gesehen hat, schreiben die Macher von „Walk With Me“,  Marc J. Francis und Max Pugh, im Presseheft, das die Veröffentlichung der DVD begleitet.

Das ist ihnen auf eine wunderbare Weise gelungen. Die Bilder wirken, als seien sie soeben entstanden, als sei man als Zuschauer unmittelbar dabei, als könne man den buddhistischen Mönchen über die Schulter schauen. Miterleben, wie sie innehalten wenn Glocken läuten oder eine Uhr mit dem Glockenschlag von Big Ben die Zeit anzeigt. Profane, alltägliche Dinge wie das Tippen am Laptop oder das Rasieren der Haare bekommen auf diese Weise genauso eine beruhigende Wirkung wie Szenen mit in unterschiedlichen Haltungen meditierenden Mönchen oder Szenen mit Landschaftsbildern.

„Thich Nhat Hanhs Leben hat mich zutiefst berührt.“
Benedict Cumberbatch

Zum Glück wurde die Stimme des Erzählers Benedict Cumberbatch nicht wie leider so oft bei uns üblich synchronisiert, sondern wie der gesamte Film mit deutschen Untertitel versehen. Und so entfalten die Zitate,  die der britische Schauspieler aus den frühen Tagebüchern des Zen-Meisters Thich Nhat Hanh vorträgt, ihre volle Wirkung, geben sie doch tiefe Einblicke in die Zeit, als der Meister nur ein einfacher Mönch war, der noch dabei war, seinen Weg  und das Geheimnis der Achtsamkeit zu finden.  „Thich Nhat Hanhs Leben hat mich zutiefst berührt“, sagt Benedict Cumberbatch (Bild/Foto: Getty Images)  über seine Arbeit an dem Film und ist davon überzeugt, dass das Publikum von dem Film bewegt sein wird.  „Walk With Me“ ist einer dieser ruhigen Filme, die den Zuschauer noch eine ganze Weile begleiten und an den man immer wieder denken wird.

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Die DVD ist jetzt vorbestellbar und erscheint am 24. November. Der digitale Download ist ab dem 13. November möglich.
Ich habe den Film vorab per Sichtungslink gesehen.

A tribute to a true hero

With anniversaries of both World Wars, it seems we are flooded with documentaries, books and radio plays. And even despite the fact that this topic is a very important one, people could be bored getting another film situated in the Second World War.

„The Imitation Game“ is not just another film about one of the darkest periods in European history. It is a tribute to the true hero Alan Turing who helped breaking the German enigma code, win the war for the allies and saved thousands of lives. But it’s also a tragedy. Alan, who people always looked at as somehow different, awkward and not of this world, lived the life of a man who always was true to himself. He deeply cared for his work as a mathematician, dived into solving any problem and was – for all we learn from the people who knew him –  a very warm hearted man who happened to be gay in a time when homosexuality was illegal.

„You need me more than I need you.“ Alan Turing in his job interview

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Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing – from a trailer of „The Imitation Game“. Screenshot: pb

Director Morten Tyldum’s film is all you want to have in a really good movie: it is heartwarming, funny, heartbreaking, sad and thrilling. And it is a story about Alan Turing (played by Benedict Cumberbatch), a man who loyally served his country, lived with all the secrets about his work at Bletchley Park during the war but instead of celebrating him as a war hero and giving him all the honour a country could give, was prosecuted for his sexuality, treated with oestrogens, intending to free him of his homosexuality. And if this wasn’t enough he was considered being unreliable of keeping secrets and was refused to continue his cryptographic work for the British Government Communications Headquarters.

Benedict Cumberbatch performs the role of his life. His Alan is vulnerable, arrogant, funny and he always does and says what he thinks is right at this special moment. And even if he doesn’t say anything, you know exactly what is going on in his mind – you just have to look to realise what only a brilliant actor is able to do: telling a whole story with a tiny movement within his face. The scenes with Keira Knightley who is Joan Clarke, a fellow mathematician and cryptanalysis who was in a relationship with Alan and still cared very deeply for him till his death and even afterwards, are far away from any kitsch film makers could squeeze into them.

„The Imitation Game“ is the must see film of this winter. It deserves all the awards the film industry has to offer.

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More about Alan Turing:

Andrew Hodges: The Enigma – the biography the film is based on. Read my review here.

Sinclair McKay: The Secret Life of Bletchley Park

Alan M. Turing: Centenary Edition

Official page of The Imitation Game

Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park Podcast – Apple users click here.

„12 Years a Slave“ has no mercy

There are films that make you smile and you leave the cinema light heartedly. „12 Years a Slave“ is none of them. In fact this film will tear you apart because there is no mercy, no relieve, it’s brutal and shocking. And it’s the true story of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) who was born as a free black man and sold into slavery where he only tries to stay alive and find a way back home.

But for twelve long years he is nothing more than a working machine in the hand of such slave owners like Edwin Epps (brilliant played by Michael Fassbender) who always is ready to torment his slaves for no reason. But it’s not this brutality, the whipping, the humiliation that moves you deeply. This films gets all it’s strength because there is no moment of relieve, no humour as you may find in Quentin Tarantino’s „Inglourious Basterds“. Of course there are silent, idyllic scenes placed in an incredible beautiful landscape. But you can’t appreciate them because you fear that there will be another cruelty waiting to unfold.

„12 Years A Slave“ is a film that has all the power cinema is able to give. That is because Steve McQueen established a fine ensemble of actors, lead by Chiwetel Ejiofor whose Solomon has the sympathy of the audience. Michael Fassbender’s Edwin Epps literally is the brutality of slavery and the personification of the American South without doubt that white men are born to be superior and may do whatever they want to.
William Ford – played by an amazing Benedict Cumberbatch – at least tries to treat his slaves as human beings, but he is not able or not willing to change anything. At least he gives a little bit of hope where there is no hope at all.

William Ford (Benedict Cumberbatch, left)
and Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) Screenshot: pb/Tobis

Because the film is based on the memories of Solomon Northup we do know that he managed to escape but this doesn’t relieves your heart. Leaving the cinema after 135 minutes is like coming back into a world that seems on mute and unreal. But „12 Years A Slave“ is a film you should not miss and it definitely needs all the Oscars it’s nominated for.

If part of this article sound weird this is due to the fact that I’m no native speaker, so don’t be too harsh.
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Eine deutsche Version dieses Eintrags gibt es hier.

Little Favour leaves you speechless

Benedict Cumberbatch as Wallace.
Foto: Sunny March/http://www.benedictcumberbatch.co.uk

You think that Benedict Cumberbatch is this perfect British gentleman, always dapper, always handsome (no we don’t mention the pics in flipflops and scarf because he’s always adorable)? Think twice. At least you have to after watching the short film „Little Favour“ which is out now to buy on iTunes.

Seven years before the story of the film is settled, Wallace (Benedict Cumberbatch) left Her Majesty’s service and it’s ten years since his American counterpart and friend saved his life. Now – as Wallace is just about to start a relationship – James (Colin Salmon) comes back, asking just for a little favour.

This little favour is much more than just „little“ as the story is unfolding. And despite the fact that the film is only about 22 minutes long, it is thrilling, exciting (yes it is bloody and some scenes are cruel) and with a very surprising turn that lefts you staring on your screen with open mouth. Patrick V Monroe has written and directed his first film – but surely will become a household name – with the promise to give us more films as perfectly as this. And it is indeed amazing, because actors, settings, music (will there be a soundtrack available somewhere?) and dialogues are just well –  perfect. And even if there are no words spoken and you just think that you’ve muted the sound (Production/Sound Mixer: Nigel Albermaniche), you’ll realize why Benedict Cumberbatch is such a brilliant actor: All what has to be said is in his face, his eyes, his impressions, even his movements. And honestly who cares about perfect suits, clean shirts and styled hair?

„Little Favour“ is the first film produced by Sunny March. The company was founded by Adam Ackland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ben Dillon and Adam Selves. The film was crowd funded with the original target of 25,000£ – which was outstripped, reaching 86,240£ within twelve days.

If part of this article sound weird this is due to the fact that I’m no native speaker, so don’t be too harsh.
Feel free to share this blog entry but please quote and link properly.

[Update: Little Favour is now available on We are Colony for little money. You not only get access to lots of extras. You also support independent film.]

 

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