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From Technothrillers to Muckraking Dramas, German Highlights of New York's Kino! Film Festival

Now in its second year as an independent festival, Kino! will showcase ten feature-length films, with four North American premieres and six East Coast debuts, plus the German Short Film Night at the Cinema Village in Lower Manhattan. Trailers rounded up below. Organized by German Films, Kino! kicks off April 9 with Christian Zübert's "Tour de Force," a dramedy that follows a group of German friends biking across Belgium. Variety writes that the film, which played Toronto, Miami and elsewhere, "stands a solid chance at being one of [Germany's] more successful pics." Mark Monheim's coming-of-age drama "About a Girl," picked up by Global Screen for worldwide distribution, turns on a 15-year-old mortuary apprentice whose failed suicide attempts leads her to finding romance. Christoph Hochhäusler mines "All the President's Men" territory with his political thriller "The Lies of the Victors," an acclaimed Rome premiere with...

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