German Director – English Film
Oliver Hirschbiegel was on hand for the European premiere of FIVE MINUTES OF HEAVEN
Hand in Hand
Actresses Iris Berben (l.) und Katharina Schüttler before the world premiere of THE DAY WILL COME
Best Brit Helmer
Director Duncan Jones (MOON) in a jovial mood with Filmfest programmer Robert Fischer (r.)
Top Indian Director
The internationally acclaimed filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan (A CLIMATE FOR CRIME)
"It was a pleasure"
British cult director and Filmfest Special Guest Stephen Frears with Festival Director Andreas Ströhl and fans
Charming Indie Filmmaker
Los Angeles-based American director and DJ Scott Sanders taking about his Blaxploitation pic BLACK DYNAMITE
"Loads of Fun"
Andreas Dresen (2nd from l.) with members of his cast and crew at the world premiere of WHISKY WITH VODKA
Filmmaker Anne Aghion and Filmfest programmer Christoph Gröner discussing her latest documentary MY NEIGHBOR MY KILLER
Made in Hong Kong
Director Philip Yung (r.), whose film GLAMOROUS YOUTH screened in the Focus on the Far East section
The Not So Obscure Object of the Paparazzi
CineMerit Award winner Michael Haneke and wife with Festival Director Andreas Ströhl
Best Swiss Documentary
Young filmmaker Fanny Bräuning presented NO MORE SMOKE SIGNALS (winner of the 2009 Swiss Film Award)
From Russia With Love
Director Kirill Serebrennikov (YURI’S DAY) with leading lady Ksenia Rappoport
Young Italian Cinema
(from l. to r.) Actor Antonio Merone (ONE DAY IN A LIFE) with directors Federico Bondi (BLACK SEA) and Andrea Zambelli (FROM MOTHER TO DAUGHTER)
Director Carlos Serrano Azcona presented his Spanish-Mexican film EL ÁRBOL
Center of Attention
Actor Verne Troyer and director Terry Gilliam at the opening night screening of Gilliam’s THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS
"We had a very pleasant time."
Director Michael Haneke at the German premiere of THE WHITE RIBBON with members of his cast Leonie Benesch, Christian Friedel, Susanne Lothar and Rainer Bock (l. to r.)
Guests on FILMFEST MÜNCHEN 2009:
"I hate stupidity but in Munich I encountered particularly open and cultivated audiences. That's why I enjoy coming here. We had a very pleasant time."
Michael Haneke, director of THE WHITE RIBBON
"It was a pleasure. Thanks for your hospitality."
Stephen Frears, Director (RETROSPECTIVE 2009, CHÉRI)
"Thanks very much for the wonderful days in Munich. It was a lot of fun for all of us, especially the great screening and the hearty reaction of the Munich public."
Andreas Dresen, director of WHISKY MIT WODKA
"Many thanks again to you and your wonderful team for creating a wonderful true festival and celebration of film ... Terry is still talking about the truly wonderful time he had with you all."
Ray Cooper, Co-Producer THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS
"We had a great time at your wonderful city and fantastic festival, I truly enjoyed. We will spread the goodwill and good buzz about the festival ..."
Kevin Feng Ke, Director LETTERS FROM DEATH ROW.
"... the beautiful city of Munich and ist friendly people will be remembered in our heart forever. It's your hard work and hospitality making this film festival memorable."
Bing Shen, Producer LETTERS FROM DEATH ROW.
"It was a great experience, a beautiful run festival ... and great audiences too!"
Mark N. Hopkins, Regisseur LIVING IN EMERGENCY.
"We are thrilled that the film drew such a huge crowd ... the questions they asked were the most thoughtful and intelligent of all our screenings. Go Munich!!!"
Naisola Grimwood, Producer LIVING IN EMERGENCY.
"I just want to thank you and your team for your hospitality in Munich ... We met a lot of interesting people and the public was very open-minded and kind."
Myriam Verreault, Director À L'OUEST DE PLUTON
"Excellent organization - always a thing I faced in your festival (...) A highly qualified team that shocked my deep rooted befief that 'human beings make mistakes'."
Somar Jbawi, Jury-Mitglied CineVision Award