'The White Ribbon' Star Christian Friedel Toplines Post-WWII Thriller 'The Face'

by Simon Dang
April 6, 2011 2:17 AM
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Christian Friedel and Ursina Lardi, co-stars of the Michael Haneke film "The White Ribbon," will team once again alongside Ulrich Thomsen and Thomas Thieme in an upcoming post-WWII thriller penned by J. Frank James to be helmed by Markus Imboden.

The film follows the story of "an amnesiac whose only clue to his true identity is the concentration camp uniform he's wearing" which sounds like a fairly nuanced role that should suit Friedel -- that stage actor who made his excellent film debut as the narrator and protagonist of Haneke's Palme d'Or winning film. Thomsen, who recently starred in Susanna Bier's Oscar-nominated "In A Better World," plays a priest with a mysterious past with the roles of Thieme (the minister in "The Lives Of Others") and Lardi currently unknown. Oddly, "The Face" will be an English-language picture which is somewhat puzzling considering the round-up of European thespians here.

Shooting on the pic will take place in Germany on a €3.5 million budget with Rene Asch producing. Audiences can also get more Friedel later this year with the actor also starring in Oliver Schmitz's "Russian Disco." Co-starring Matthias Schweighoefer and Friedrich Muecke, the film follows the story of three pals from Moscow who move to Berlin in the early '90s. [Variety]

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