Star among stars.
Mercedes-Benz in movies.
On screen and behind the scenes, Germany’s acting A-listers like to drive cars that reflect their starring status. Take the latest blockbusting features by popular German leads Matthias Schweighöfer and Til Schweiger who both gave their four-wheeled extras key roles in their latest celluloid outings.
With plenty of charm and character their films Schlussmacher (break-up pro) and Kokowääh 2 (a phonetic transliteration of coq au vin) circumnavigate the precarious cliffs and complications of everyday existence, backed by their trusty automotive companions. And while Schweighöfer explores Germany in an agile A-Class, Schweiger braves Berlin’s streets and relationship cul-de-sacs in a CLS Shooting Brake.
Road trip with the A-Class.
Schweighöfer, who gave his directing debut with “What a Man”, once again takes the helm with a German chart topping feature that promises to break quite a few crowd-pleasing records on the way. In the charming feature, the bumbling Berliner helps timid clients to dump their unsuspecting partners as the film’s eponymous break-up agent (“Schlussmacher”) Paul. Yet soon enough, his victims’ emotional turmoil threatens to spill over into his own life …
Schweighöfer’s beautiful homage to detours in love and life and action-packed road trip not only celebrates the all too human pitfalls of interpersonal endeavours, but also his compact companion. After all, the new A-Class gives Schweighöfer plenty of room to store and explore the concentrated chaos that is about to descend on him.
A dream team in the making, both car and star get to shine and play off each other’s strength – until the very happy end.
Thanks to this winning constellation Schlussmacher realised the best first week results in the German-language market since Til Schweiger’s Kokowääh (2011) and thus adds another star to the crown of Mercedes-Benz’ recent film collaborations. And while we are on the latter actor/director, Schweiger’s brand new sequel, Kokowääh 2, promises to pick up where his immensely successful comedy left off in 2011: A mere two years after Kokowääh’s eclectic patchwork family’s dramatic last-minute reconciliation, there is once again trouble brewing in paradise.
Confronted with circumstances beyond his control, film producer Henry (Schweiger) needs to wrangle cheeky kids, equally demanding would-be stars (Schweighöfer) and a double-dad situation. His welcome oasis and temporary retreat: the sleek and secure CLS Shooting Brake, which gets him out of most sticky or tricky situations.
With its distinct design and elegant lines, the car is a perfect match for Henry’s sophisticated and ambitious film maker role – and thus continues the fruitful long-term collaboration between Schweiger and Mercedes-Benz. Working together since 1995, the brand and director can look back on German box office smashes like Keinohrhasen, Zweiohrküken, Kokowääh and Schutzengel.
For a closer look at these cinematic collaborations, check out Schlussmacher in a cinema near you; Kokowääh 2 will be released to the general public on February 7th 2013 after a glamorous premiere at Berlin’s Sony Center.