Since her big film debut in the 2000 film Crazy (which also starred April’s film recommendation Robert Stadlober in the lead role), Berlin actress Karoline Herfurth has been awful busy. In addition to several theater productions and made for television movies, she has got quite a list of film credits to her name. Not to mention that Herfurth made her directorial debut with a short film in 2012. This month’s German film recommendations for German language learners include three more recent films with Herfurth all of which are rather different: Vincent will Meer, Wir sind die Nacht and Zettl.
Vincent will Meer
In Vincent will Meer (called Vincent Wants to Sea in English), Vincent (portrayed by Florian David Fitz, who also wrote the film) is a young man suffering from Tourette’s syndrome. After his mother dies and Vincent breaks out of a psychiatric clinic, he and some friends (including Herfurth) travel across Europe in order to scatter her ashes.
Wir sind die Nacht
Vampire movies have been all the rage in the past few years and the German film industry is no different. In Wir sind die Nacht (translated to We are the Night for English audiences), Herfurth portrays Lena. After she is transformed into a vampire, a group of female vampires work to integrate her into the fold. Meanwhile, the group are being hunted by the police for crimes they’ve committed throughout time.
Zettl unexpectedly ended up being German director Helmut Dietl’s final film. The director co-wrote the film with Benjamin von Stuckrad-Barre, a personal favorite of mine. The film follows Max Zettl, a chauffeur (portrayed by Michael “Bully” Herbig) who accidentally becomes editor of an online newspaper. Herfurth portrays Zettl’s girlfriend.
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Top photo is from Karoline Herfurth’s Facebook page.