The Legend of Kaspar Hauser

There’s a solid chance that you haven’t heard of most of these movies. Yet they exist – out there somewhere as a thorn in the side of movie fans trying to see as much as possible. Nuggets of potential waiting to be picked up from the movie orphanage by a distributor and given a warm home with cup holders in every seat. The European Film Market is fascinating for that reason and for the way people attend it. Tickets this year were around $600, but that’s a reasonable price for companies sending representatives trying to find the next moneymaker for their company or the hot movie to bring to their festival. That means screenings come complete with people on cell phones and unimpressed buyers walking out after ten minutes to hustle next door to see if the other movie playing has any promise to it. It’s a bizarre way to watch movies, but it makes a kind of sense given the massive size of the movie list compared to the tiny amount of time to see everything. There were upwards of 675 movies in the EFM this year, all of them with their own selling points. Here are the 87 most interesting-sounding with descriptions found in the official catalog. For the most part, I haven’t seen these movies (and didn’t even know about many of them until the Berlin Film Festival), but they all have something going for them that should earn them a spot on your radar.

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Davide Manuli‘s forthcoming The Legend of Kaspar Hauser will take on the strange historical case of Kaspar Hauser – which was tackled previously, and brilliantly by Werner Herzog – and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Vincent Gallo has just been cast in two roles. For the first, called The Pusher, he’ll be speaking Italian. For the second, called The Sheriff, he’ll be speaking English. The names are an odd indication of how arthouse this project might be, but the story of Hauser isn’t exactly a mainstream one. It’s essentially a real-life, 19th century European version of Blast From the Past, where a man named Kaspar Hauser came to Nuremberg claiming that he was raised in a dungeon that he’s never left. The cast also features Claudia Gerini (The Passion of the Christ), Fabrizio Gifuni, Elisa Sednaoui, and Silvia Calderoni. It sounds like a fascinating project that will hopefully steer away from Herzog but still deliver the core elements of the tale. Vincent Gallo is an adventurous actor, but that doesn’t always yield results, but at its base level, this thing looks like it will be interesting to watch even if it makes the audience want to disappear back into a dungeon.

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