If Elyas M’Barek looks familiar or you think you’ve heard his name before that’s very likely possible. This is especially true if you have been following the German Films series that I’ve been posting about. M’Barek has shared the big screen with Til Schweiger, Matthias Schweighöfer, Nora Tschirner, Tom Schilling, Karoline Herfurth, and Moritz Bleibtreu, to name a few. Or perhaps you may have spotted him in English language films such as The Physician, with Ben Kingsley, and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones with Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower. M’Barek is not sticking to a single style.
Fack ju Göhte
Fack ju Göhte (or Suck Me Shakespeer in English) is a comedy written, directed and produced by Bora Dağtekin, whose directorial debut was the film version of Türkisch für Anfänger (Turkish for Beginners), a television show he created which also starred M’Barek.
After bank robber Zeki Müller (M’Barek) is released from prison, his first task is to retrieve the money he hid in order to repay a debt. The problem? The money was hidden in a construction site that became a new school, the Goethe Gesamtschule. Determined to get his money back, Zeki gets a job as a substitute teacher at the school where he befriends Lisi (Karoline Herfurth), who also works at the school.
Good news if you enjoy Fack ju Göhte. A sequel to the film, titled Fack ju Göhte 2, is set for release in German cinemas in September 2015.
Who Am I – Kein System ist sicher
With Germany home to the world famous Chaos Computer Club it is no surprise that the capital city is the setting for Who Am I – Kein System ist sicher (marketed as Who Am I – No System Is Safe in the English speaking world).
The film is a thriller starring M’Barek alongside of Tom Schilling. In the film, Schilling portrays Benjamin. A skilled computer programmer, Benjamin is invited to join a group of hackers. But it does not take long before the group’s activities begin to cause trouble and garner attention.
In the romantic comedy Traumfrauen, three Berlin women (Herfurth, Hannah Herzsprung and Joko & Klaas cohort Palina Rojinski) are looking for love. And, as the saying goes, they are looking for love in all the wrong places. M’Barek portrays Joseph, a struggling actor, who is pursuing Leni (portrayed by Herzsprung).
Top photo from Elyas M’Barek’s Instagram, Fack ju Göhte photo from the film’s official website, Who Am I – Kein System ist sicher photo from the film’s official Facebook page, Traumfrauen photo from the film’s official Facebook page.