Wednesday, 4/18/2018


"Hit Me, Baby, One More Time."

The 2018 #ffmuc Open Air film series packs a punch


Last year, Bud Spencer was a knockout at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN. In 2018, more punches are thrown as the festival's Open Air film series, whose motto is "Rocky and Friends," dedicates itself to boxing movies. In a German play on words, the series is also our contribution to the Faust Festival in Munich.

Sylvester Stallojne alias Rocky Balboa

Sylvester Stallone alias Rocky Balboa

The American dream is an enticing one, judging by the eight hard-hitting films that will be shown nightly at 10 p.m., free of charge, under the stars at the Gasteig's Celibidacheforum. Starting things off is the granddaddy of all boxing cinema heroes: ROCKY (1976), played by Sylvester Stallone, who seizes the opportunity of a lifetime — to defeat the supposedly invincible champion Apollo Creed. In CREED (2015), the son of Rocky's former opponent enters the ring, while THE BLEEDER (2016) tells the true story that inspired ROCKY: the historic prizefight between Chuck Wepner and Muhammad Ali. While known as Cassius Clay, Ali fights veteran boxing pro Mountain Rivera, played by Anthony Quinn, in REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT (1962). And like a RAGING BULL (1980), Robert de Niro takes on the role of a great and tragic boxing entertainer, Jake LaMotta.

From Rocky Balboa, through Muhammad Ali, to Jake LaMotta

If you think that boxing is only for tough guys, you're in for a surprise: Michelle Rodriguez as hard-hitting boxer Diana Guzman fights for love, power, and recognition in GIRLFIGHT (2000).

Michelle Rodriguez in GIRLFIGHT

But even tough guys fight the hardest when love is at stake. The title character in THE HAPPIEST DAY IN THE LIFE OF OLLI MÄKI (Filmfest München 2016) would rather pursue a young lady than his goal of becoming a world-champion boxer. And no less than Elvis Presley as KID GALAHAD (1962) falls in love with the sister of his boxing promoter — and manages to defend his own title as king of rock 'n' roll.

Elvis and Olli Mäki spinning

To such forceful films, we say, "Hit Me, Baby, One More Time."