Wednesday, 6/1/2016

Loaded with Emotion: New German Cinema

The best new German films

Loaded with Emotion: New German Cinema

Scene from MONKEY KING

Love, Hate, Betrayal: This year’s line up of films from New German Cinema run the gamut between affection and violence. They encompass everything from a love story, to a true crime documentary, a pitch black comedy and a road movie and include works from young directors as well as new works from well known names.

“Filmfest München is one of the most important platforms for innovative German films”, says festival director Diana IIjine. "Films like OH BOY, LOVE STEAKS, DAS ZIMMERMÄDCHEN LYNN and THE GOLEM were discovered here. The films show just how determined German filmmakers are to find new ways of expression."

Scene from THE HAVE-NOTS

In an adaptation of Katharina Hacker’s 2006 German Book Prize-winning novel THE HAVE-NOTS, Julia Jentsch, Sebastian Zimmler and Bibiana Belglau star in this story of old love rekindled against the backdrop of 9/11. In ORIGINAL BLISS based on the novel by author A. L. Kennedy, trapped in a failing marriage, Helen (Martina Gedeck) and the charismatic psychologist, Edward (Ulrich Tukur) are drawn irresistibly together.

The Documentary THE PROMISE shows just how close love and crime are sometimes intertwined. It tells the story of the brutal double murder of husband and wife Nancy and Derek Haysom in 1985. Convicted of the crime was Jens Söring, the German boyfriend of the couple’s daughter Elisabeth. Imogen Poots and Daniel Brühl narrate. HANDS OF A MOTHER deals with the delicate subject of domestic violence while the police thriller VOLT starring Benno Fürmann is a dystopian vision of guilt ridden violence.


Life's crisis, both large and small meet in several films of the more comedic variety. Aron Lehmann, whose last film KOHLHAAS ODER DIE VERHÄLTNISMÄSSIGKEIT DER MITTEL was seen at the Festival in 2012 will show his tragicomedy THE LAST PIG at this year’s festival. Golo Euler, Rosalie Thomass und Christoph Maria Herbst star in the unlikely story of a pig farmer turned militant eco-activist. And a little boy turned tyrant is satirized in WUNDERLICH'S WORLD from director Dani Levy. In the bitter sweet comedy, MONKEY KING, Swiss director Oliver Rihs sends his characters to Provence for some serious self reflection.

In the line up of road movies we travel from the end of Europe and beyond. HOUSE WITHOUT ROOF tells the story of three siblings who want to fulfill their mother’s wish to be buried in the Kurdish country side. In THAT TRIP WE TOOK WITH DAD, the feature film debut from Anca Miruna Lăzărescu, recent graduate of the Munich University of Television and Film, two brothers and their father trek across Romania toward East Germany in 1968. ANISHOARA from director Ana-Felicia Scutelnicu was filmed entirely with non-actors in a village in Moldova.


The documentary, SHOW WHAT YOU LOVE illuminates how Munich played an integral role in the history of German filmmaking. It portraits young filmmakers from the so called “Münchener Gruppe”, who met in the “Bungalow” in Schwabing during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Klaus Lemke, who was a founding member of the group, will be showing his current film UNDERWEARLIES.

TONI ERDMANN which caused a sensation at Cannes will be shown in a special screening at this year’s festival. Short films never seen before from director AKIZ (THE GOLEM) and the documentary THE GOLEM - AND HOW HE CAME INTO THE WORLD by Ricki Bornhak will also be shown.

In the section New German Cinema the renowned New German Cinema Young Talent Award and, for the second time, the FIPRESCI Prize will be awarded.

Press release and all films in the section