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February 2011 - Nr. 2

The first month of the year does not offer much excitement. Usually businesses conduct inventory, an always rather boring and tedious undertaking no one looks forward to and everyone is glad when it is over.

After the many activities of the joyous Christmas season a hibernation kind of effect sets in, a stage of being in limbo. Going to movies one has missed during the hectic time, getting to know the who and where and when for the entertainment scene, planning a few concerts and operas all find a place in the month of January. Any New Year’s resolutions have already been forgotten, unless they came enforced by a reality check from the doctor.

One of my resolutions was to get into better shape and I have actually started that. But after years of not the best of health it is slow in coming. However, I did manage a few accomplishments. I even went out to see a Austrian/German co-production at the Bell Light Box, the fabulous new venue of the Toronto International Film Festival. “The Robber” will run early February in that location in one of the cinemas there.

The film was shown with subtitles, something I quickly forgot because I am German speaking. The film is fast moving, engages the viewer totally and is a cross between a character portrait and an action movie.

Scene from the "Robber"The story is based on a book by Austrian Martin Prinz, who documented the story of an actual bank robber with a remarkable talent for running marathons. Director Benjamin Heisenberg co-wrote the book for the film and gave it a slightly different edge, made it psychotically more poignant and humanized the rather violent individual of reality.

The film is shot in and around Vienna and has a fabulous soundtrack that reflects the action and enhances its story line dramatically. Andreas Lust is an agile runner/robber with a remarkable ability to show variances in a persona that is apparently pretty dead inside. His love interest is played by Franziska Weisz with great sensitivity.

This film was nominated at the 60th Berlinale for a Golden Bear and is very well worth seeing for its entertainment value with a documentary quality.

Otherwise February has a Via Salzburg concert February 17 and 18 at the Glenn Gould Studio, and the start of Opera York’s offering of Mozart’s “Cosi Fan Tutte” at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts February 27 and March 3 and 5. If you would like to see the Schemeit story “How far to go home”, it will be shown again, this time in Toronto at the St. Georges’ Lutheran Church on College Street, February 27.

Until next time

Sybille Forster-Rentmeister

Sybille reports as a German-Canadian about culture, arts, entertainment, community events from her unique perspective as an artist.

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