29.10.2021 – 14:51
“The black square”, a co-production of the ZDF editorial team Das kleine Fernsehspiel, was honored on Thursday evening, October 28, 2021, at the Hof International Film Festival with the New German Cinema award for the best film. In the black comedy by Peter Meister (written and directed) Bernhard Schütz and Jakob Matschenz play two art thieves who get caught up in a wild cat-and-mouse hunt on a cruise. The jury’s reasoning stated: “Meister created a film with an insane pace and a great ensemble.”
The aging art thief Vincent Kowalski (Bernhard Schütz) stole the famous multi-million dollar painting “The Black Square” – his last coup before retirement. The picture is to be handed over to buyers on a cruise ship. To get on the ship, Vincent and his young, inexperienced partner Nils (Jacob Matschenz) overpower two men in front of the ship who – as it turns out on board – are part of the show program. Vincent and Nils now have to appear as David Bowie and Elvis Presley doubles. Despite their desperate efforts not to be exposed, some crew members get wind of the true identity of the two art thieves and their valuable stolen property.
“The black square” is a production by Frisbeefilms GmbH & Co KG (producers: Manuel and Alexander Bickenbach), in coproduction with the ZDF editorial team Das kleine Fernsehspiel and ARTE, with the support of Hessenfilm, Hamburg-Schleswig-Holstein Film Funding, Nordmedia and German Film Fund. Responsible editors are Christian Cloos (ZDF / Das kleine Fernsehspiel), Olaf Grunert (ZDF / ARTE /) and Daniela Muck (ARTE). A broadcast date on ZDF is not yet known.
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