Thursday, 6/8/2017

Stars & Hits 2017

Big Names, Big Premieres

Stars & Hits 2017

Tom Wlaschiha and Ken Duken in BERLIN FALLING

The program of the 35th FILMFEST MÜNCHEN has lots of stars and surprises from around the world in store, including new films by Andrzej Wajda, Emir Kusturica, Johnnie To, Michel Hazanavicius and animation legend Michel Ocelot. Tickets will go online Mon. June 12.

CineMerit award winner Bryan Cranston (BREAKING BAD) will premiere WAKEFIELD, in which he stars along with Jennifer Garner. Claire Denis presents the Opening Film BRIGHT SUNSHINE IN starring Juliette Binoche and Gérard Depardieu. Retrospective guest Sofia Coppola will present THE BEGUILED (Best Director in Cannes) starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning, and her mother Eleanor Coppola (HEARTS OF DARKNESS) will present her first fiction film PARIS CAN WAIT starring Diane Lane and Alec Baldwin. Bill Nighy (LOVE ACTUALLY) will show Closing Film THEIR FINEST starring Gemma Arterton. ARRI/Osram jury member Nastassja Kinski will face the audience at Filmmakers Live.


Katja von Garnier will present a Sneak Peek of WINDSTORM AND THE WILD HORSES with Hanna Binke, Lea van Acken and Nicolette Krebitz, along with the Premiere of TIGER MILK (directed by Ute Wieland). Ken Duken screens the European premiere of BERLIN FALLING, which he directed and stars in with Tom Wlaschiha (GAME OF THRONES). Munich also welcomes Michael Haneke's Cannes entry HAPPY END featuring Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Mathieu Kassovitz. Arnaud Desplechin will bring the Cannes Opening Film ISMAEL’S GHOSTS starring Mathieu Almaric, Marion Cotillard and Charlotte Gainsbourg to Munich.

Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern pair off in WILSON, Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling team up in THE SENSE OF AN ENDING. Holly Hunter features in two festival films, STRANGE WEATHER directed by Katherine Dieckmann and THE BIG SICK helmed by Michael Showalter. Rami Malek (Emmy for MR. ROBOT) stars in BUSTER'S MAL HEART.

Fantine Harduin, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Isabelle Huppert, Laura Verlinden, Toby Jones and Mathieu Kassovitz in HAPPY END

Filmfest discoveries Andrey Zvyagintsev (LEVIATHAN, Filmfest 2014) and Amat Escalante (HELI, Filmfest 2013) will return to Munich with LOVELESS (Cannes Jury Prize) and THE UNTAMED. Other films from the Cannes competition aside from THE BEGUILED and HAPPY END are A GENTLE CREATURE, RODINRADIANCE, THE DAY AFTER, and REDOUTABLE (by Oscar winner Michel Hazanavicius, THE ARTIST).

From the Cannes sidebar Un Certain Regard come CLOSENESS (Critic's Prize), FORTUNATA, and WALKING PAST THE FUTURE and WESTERN, and from Semaine de le Critique AVA, BRIGSBY BEAR, LA FAMILIA, GABRIEL AND THE MOUNTAIN, and LOS PERROS.  From the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs NOTHINGWOOD, A CIAMBRA, I AM NOT A WITCH, THE NOTHING FACTORY, THE INTRUDER and PURE HEARTS are coming to Munich along with UN BEAU SOLEIL INTÉRIEUR.

The docs in Munich also feature big names: DAVID LYNCH: THE ART LIFE whisks us away into the bizarre world of the TWIN PEAKS maker, 76 MINUTES AND 15 SECONDS WITH ABBAS KIAROSTAMI starring Juliette Binoche presents the poetic world of the Persian master, and 78/52 featuring Guillermo del Toro, Bret Easton Ellis and Peter Bogdanovich dissects the famed shower scene from PSYCHO. The premiere of THEY CALLED HIM BULLDOZER about the life and career of Bud Spencer has several surprise guests in store. And music doc AMERICAN VALHALLA is a collaboration between Iggy Pop and Josh Homme of the "Queens of the Stone Age" and "Eagles of Death Metal".

Josh Homme and Iggy Pop in AMERICAN VALHALLA

And of course, as every year, FILMFEST MÜNCHEN will welcome the cream of the crop of German stars in the New German Cinema New German TV. The busiest bee in Germany this year was Charly Hübner, who appears in three films (DO YOU SOMETIMES FEEL BURNED OUT AND EMPTY?, MAGICAL MYSTERY and LONELY KNIGHTS), closely followed by Mina Tander (A GOOD MOTHER and THE SON) as well as Laura Tonke (THE GARDEN and MISSION: LOVE).

Nicole Kidman in DIE VERFÜHRTEN