Dreileben "One minute of Darkness"
In clearly the longest film running in the festival, Dreileben is well worth your time if you have, say 4 and a half hours free. Originally release as a television miniseries in Germany, the film is broken into three separate films each helmed by a different director. All three films stands alone, however, with the same on-going story running through each picture – a murderer has escaped and is on the loose among the town of Dreileben.
The first film in the series, Beats Being Dead, is the strongest of the bunch and follows two teenagers that meet under unlikely circumstances and fall in love among the backdrop of the escaped convict. In what first sounds like standard romantic fare, the film is at times a thrilling Hitchcock-style picture. A few twists and turns make the film intriguing throughout and is an excellent introduction to the material.
In Don’t Follow Me Around, a police psychologist spends a few days with an old friend only to discover that they were once in love with the same man. While at times interesting, the film yanks you away from the ongoing story, however, manages stays afloat thanks to charming performances from its lead actors.
One Minute of Darkness gives closure to the trilogy by digging into the mind of the criminal. The final film follows convicted murderer Frank Molesch as he wonders around the sitting mumbling to himself and hiding from authorities. Definitely the most fast-paced of the three films, One Minute of Darkness sheds new light on what we first assumed had happened from the very beginning.
Viewed as a whole or watched individually, Dreileben is a film that should be seeked out.