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Pro7 shows masterpiece "Mad Max: Fury Road"

On the evening of Good Friday, cinema fans can get their money's worth in the late-night program: Either contemplatively and quietly with Doris Dörrie's best film "Cherry Blossoms - Hanami" on 3sat or with a crash that the dishes in the cupboard are dancing samba with the masterpiece "Mad Max: Fury Road" on Pro7.

"Cherry Blossoms - Hanami", 3sat, 10:25 pm
After the death of his wife (Hannelore Elsner) an official who has been caught up to now in everyday life opens up (Elmar Wepper) the dreams of the deceased by traveling to Japan - their dream destination never reached.

Doris Dörrie's professional and personal relationships with Japan go back to the 1980s. Among other things, "Enlightenment Guaranteed" and "The Fisherman and His Wife" were partly created in the realm of the rising sun, and with "Cherry Blossom - Hanami" the director and screenwriter once again revolved around the motifs of Japan as a perspective for a new meaning in life, love and death , Bereavement and family relationships.

The German drama produced by Munich-based Olga Film was shot on location in Japan, mainly in the Tokyo area, in Berlin, on the Baltic Sea and in the Allgäu.

The strip, probably Doris' best-known and best work, convinces with its excellent actors and humorous moments as a mature and eloquent reflection on grief and loss. The filmmaker manages the balancing act "touching but not sentimental" brilliantly.

"Kirschblüten - Hanami" received very good reviews in 2008 and, with 1.0 million tickets sold, was a huge success in German art house cinemas. Elmar Wepper was nominated for the European Film Awards as an actor. At the German Film Awards, the strip won silver as "Best Film" behind "On the Other Side". Leading actor Elmar Wepper and costume designer Sabine Greunig won; Also nominated were director Doris Dörrie, her script and supporting actress Hannelore Elsner.

Critic Jonathan Curiel wrote in the "San Francisco Chronicle": "The film is the ideal mixture of character study, deceptively simple plot twists, brilliant actors and travelogue."

"Mad Max: Fury Road", Pro7, 10:50 pm
A woman (Charlize Theron) rebels against a tyrant (Hugh Keays-Byrne) in a post-apocalyptic Australia. Together with a number of female prisoners, a psychotic devotee (Nicholas Hoult) the tyrant and a drifter named Max (Tom Hardy) she is looking for her home, the "Green Land".

It has to be a work of exquisite quality if an action hit like this one manages to unanimously inspire the critics and win awards worldwide, including at the 2016 Academy Awards, where this US thriller with its six golden boys at times Gala seemed to dominate.

And in fact, what was initially skeptically received as an unnecessary rewarming of a saga about the lone fighter Max in a desert that was once Australia, which was stalled in 1985 with his third part "Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome", is nothing less than a masterpiece. "Mad Max: Fury Road" is pure cinema, unimaginable in any other medium than on the screen, created in the cooperation of great artists in front of and behind the camera and in a mixture of old technology in the analog age and new tricks in the digital era.

Behind all this stands the man who invented the figure of Mad Max in 1979 and brought it to the screen for the first time. George Miller, the Australian director and screenwriter, came up with the idea of ​​reviving the ten-year-dormant "Mad Max" series and bought after the success of "Babe" ("A Pig Called Babe"), which he had produced and written 1995 returned the rights to the character from Warner Brothers Pictures.

But it would be almost 20 years before the Australian could pick up the megaphone. The production disappeared into the drawer with the outbreak of the Iraq war in 2003 - the various production companies involved considered a film about armed conflicts in a desert to be unsuitable at the time and not very promising from a commercial point of view.

It was already clear in the mid-1990s that Mel Gibson would not return to his parade role. Miller had more of a reboot in mind than a sequel, and the actor, who had once become world-famous for this part, was branded a "box office poison" due to his alcohol problems and associated abuses. Instead of him, the name did Heath Ledgers the round, which unfortunately ended with his death in 2008.

In 2009 George announced that a new "Mad Max" would be filmed in 2011 in his native Australia. The Englishman Tom Hardy was hired for the title role. The shooting had to be postponed, however, because too many desert flowers had sprouted due to unexpected rains in Broken Hill, Australia. The $ 150 million Warner Brothers production was relocated to Namibia, South West Africa, where it was filmed from July to December 2012; only re-shoots took place in 2013 in Potts Hill and Penrith Lakes in Western Sydney, Australia.

Miller decided to put as many of the tricks into practice as possible because "Computer effects, even when they're really good, always look a little fake"As the then 67-year-old put it. Stunts, cars, the desert - everything was real here, even down to the details of the fire-breathing guitars. Around 150 stunt people were involved, including artists from Cirque du Soleil. In the end, 90 percent were The effects were real, but that did not mean that they had not been heavily reworked. Seven special effects companies manipulated the images with around 2000 computer-generated images in post-production - from the color of the sky to Charlize Theron's prosthetic arm.

Basically, Mad Max: Fury Road is one single chase, and it is to the great credit of Miller and his wife Margaret Sixelwho edited the film so that it never seems tiring or monotonous and, as a viewer, you don't lose track of everything even in the fast-paced scenes. It took Sixel three months to cut the 480 hours of footage into around two hours.

The film world agreed in 2015: With his thrilling action and convincing stunts, but also his surprising narrative weight, George Miller brought his series back to the big screen. With worldwide sales of $ 379 million, the film was a success.

The fact that an action film, which would have a tough time against the dramas that normally dominate the Academy Awards, received no fewer than ten Oscar nominations only had to astonish those who had not seen the film. It won the cutter Margaret Sixel, the outfitter, costume designer Jenny Beavan, the makeup artists, the sound editing and the sound mixing. The film itself, director George Miller, cameraman went empty John Seale and the special effects. The film and director Miller were nominated for the Golden Globes. At the British Film Awards, the work won BAFTA Awards for editing, equipment, costumes and make-up. Overall, "Mad Max: Fury Road" won over 200 prizes in the 2015/16 award season and was nominated for over 200 more.

Critic John Powers wrote in Vogue: "I can only say that this is one of the purest works of cinematic virtuosity you will ever see."

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