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“Vier gegen die Bank”: 5 great reasons to see this crime-comedy

1) Wolfgang Petersen clearly enjoyed finally filming back in Germany again, after 30 years.

2) Four German superstars: Til Schweiger, Matthias Schweighöfer, Michael Bully Herbig und Jan Josef Liefers draw in audiences better than any.

3) For the first time, Wolfgang Petersen is not shooting his film on celluloid but digitally. Strangely enough, this doesn’t come through at all in the final film.

4) The film producers based the fictitious Bärenbank [Bear Bank] from the screenplay in the centre of Berlin, within the imposing city hall known as the “Bear Hall”. The outfitters insisted on the name “Bear Bank” because there is already a giant sculpture of a bear inside the massive hall that would have been difficult to hide.

5) Despite the serious setting, “Vier gegen die Bank” [four against the bank] is not a dry social problem film, but rather a light-hearted crime comedy, made for the end of a long day.

Wishing you all a wonderful week of cinema!

by CineMani