Ferdinand von Schirach's The Collini Case has been at the top of the German charts since publication and will be loved by all fans of Bernhard Schlink and John...... more
Ferdinand von Schirach's The Collini Case has been at the top of the German charts since publication and will be loved by all fans of Bernhard Schlink and John le Carre. A murder. A murderer. No motive. For thirty-four years Fabrizio Collini has worked diligently for Mercedes Benz. He is a quiet and respectable person until the day he visits one of Berlin's most luxurious hotels and kills an innocent man. Young attorney Caspar Leinen takes the case. Getting Collini a not-guilty verdict would make his name. But too late he discovers that Collini's victim - an industrialist of some renown - is known to him. Now Leinen is caught in a professional and personal dilemma. Collini admits the murder but won't say why he did it, forcing Leinen to defend a man who won't put up a defence. And worse, a close friend and relation of the victim insists that he give up the case. His reputation, his career and this friendship are all at risk. Then he makes a discovery that goes way beyond his own petty concerns and exposes a terrible and deadly truth at the heart of German justice The Collini Case is a masterful court room drama that will have readers on the edge of their seats from start to finish. A magnificent storyteller . ( Der Spiegel ). A murder trial full of political explosiveness: thrilling, clever, staggering . ( Focus ). Terrific . ( Elle ). Ferdinand von Schirach brilliantly draws you under his spell . ( Bunte ). Ferdinand von Schirach was born in Munich in 1964. Today he works as one of Germany's most prominent defence lawyers in Berlin. His short story collections Crime and Guilt became instant bestsellers in Germany and are translated in over thirty territories.
Architecture Now! Volume 4 proves that the best keep getting better, with new names from all over the world and the most exciting and unique buildings and...... more
Architecture Now! Volume 4 proves that the best keep getting better, with new names from all over the world and the most exciting and unique buildings and designs. As always, easy-to-navigate illustrated A-Z entries include current and recent projects, biographies, contact information, and website addresses. Here are just a few of the projects that are featured in the book: a shelter for the needy made out of sandbags; Nomadic Museum made by Shigeru Ban out of shipping containers; a tree house in Germany; New Museums that have been built by Gehry, Mansilla and Tunon, Richard Meier or Herzog & de Meuron; the BMW Central Building in Leipzig by Zaha Hadid; Klein Dytham's amazing Wedding Chapel in Japan; Design hotels in Berlin, Sao Paulo, and Cerro Paranal, Chile; the new masterpiece by Rem KoolhaasOMA - the Central Library in Seattle; private houses in Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Corsica, and Great Mackerel Beach, Australia; Mix Las Vegas by Patrick Jouin; A tower that will grow like a tree in New York; With-it architects like David Adjaye, Caramel, Graftlab, Jakob +MacFarlane, Asymptote or Lewis Tsurumaki Lewis; and artists who take on architectural space like Anselm Kiefer, Frank Stella and Bill Viola, or architects who are interested in art, like Peter Eisenman.
Germany released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: German ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew...... more
Germany released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: German ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: A beautiful woman is suddenly forced to rely on her wits on a cold night in December in this character study from Germany. Valerie (Agata Buzek) was a successful fashion model when she was living in Paris in her mid-twenties, but now she's turned thirty and her career is not what it used to be. With her bank account empty, Valerie can no longer afford the fancy hotel room that had been her home for several months, or even get her car out of their underground parking garage. The photographer who discovered Valerie and was her lover for years (Birol Unel) has found a new protégé and isn't interested in her anymore, while Valerie's agent (Sabine Vitua) tells her in no uncertain terms her career is probably over. While she's able to use her looks and charm to persuade Andre (Devid Streisow), a parking attendant, to let her sleep in her car, she finds herself essentially homeless in Berlin with Christmas just around the corner. Valerie can still turn heads with the right dress and make-up, but with no cash or practical skills, she's forced to turn to others to supply her with food, drinks and cigarettes, and flirts with the idea of prostitution in order to support herself. Valerie was the first directorial effort from cinematographer Birgit Moller. ...Valerie
Germany released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: German ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Commentary,...... more
Germany released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: German ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Commentary, Interactive Menu, Music Video, Photo Gallery, Short Film, SYNOPSIS: A computer hacker moves from virtual vandalism to the real thing in this independent drama. Peter (Stephan Kampwirth) is a computer expert who has become obsessed with hacking into other people's systems -- so much so that one day, while picking through someone's files, his girlfriend drowns in the bathtub following a drug overdose, without Peter ever noticing until it's too late. Thrown into a panic, he flees his Berlin apartment shortly after calling the police, and goes on the lam in Cologne. Not wanting to call attention to himself by checking into a hotel, Peter breaks into empty apartments to find a place to sleep; before long, Peter is just as hooked on breaking and entering as he was on cracking secure codes. The first feature film from writer and director Marc Ottiker, 1/2 Miete was produced by Wim Wenders as part of the 'Radical Digital' series from his production company, Road Movies. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Rotterdam International Film Festival, ...1/2 the Rent ( Halbe Miete ) ( Half the Rent )