X Filme launches series on German society

'Schwarz auf Weiss,' 'Heimatfilm' among films

COLOGNE, Germany -- X Verleih, the distribution arm of Berlin boutique production house X Filme Creative Pool ("The White Ribbon," "The Countess") has launched a series of films under the label "Neue Heimat" (New Homeland) that look at the political and social condition in Germany.

The series kicks off Oct. 22 with documentary expose "Schwarz auf Weiss" (Black on White), from famed undercover journalist Gunter Wallraff. On Nov. 5, X Verleih will bow Christian Klandt's "Heimatfilm." The drama, based on real-life events, looks at youths in a small German town who, frustrated and bored, beat a homeless man to death.

The political consciousness of X Filme principals -- directors Tom Tykwer, Dani Levy and Wolfgang Becker -- was last on display in the omnibus production "Germany 09," which premiered at this year's Berlin International Film Festival.