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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019: #121. Nö – Dietrich Brüggemann

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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019: #121. Nö – Dietrich Brüggemann

German director Dietrich Brüggemann has commenced shooting his sixth feature , produced by Martin Heisler and Gabriele Simon for Flare Film. Starring the director’s sister, Anna Brüggemann (who also co-wrote) as the lead, the film also features Alexander Khuon, Isolde Barth, Hanns Zischler, Rudiger Vogler (of Wim Wenders’ Road Trilogy) and Petra Schmidt-Schaller. Brüggemann’s usual DP Alexander Sass is lensing the feature. Brüggemann’s breakout was his 2014 feature Stations of the Cross (review), which competed in Berlin and took home the Silver Bear for Best Script as well as the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury. His last feature, 2015’s Heil, competed in Karlovy Vary.

Gist: Brüggemann’s film follows the trials and travails of a long-term couple in their thirties. Dina, an actress, and Michael, a doctor, struggle through unemployment fears and child-rearing responsibilities while trying to balance their feelings for one another.

Release Date/Prediction: Production began at the end of 2018. Brüggemann could make a return to Karlovy Vary, but Locarno or a slot somewhere in Venice/TIFF might also be possible.

Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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