Tips for Saturday
A Hollywood star in Munich: Antonio Banderas
After Jesse Eisenberg started things off by teaching us the art of self-defense, the next big name in Hollywood is due in today: Antonio Banderas. This versatile Spanish actor, who came to fame in such films as the musical adaptation EVITA, the cloak-and-dagger adventure THE MASK OF ZORRO, and the action-packed neo-western DESPERADO, will receive the CineMerit Award at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN 2019. The highlight is the gala that will start at 6 p.m. Following the presentation of the award will be a screening of PAIN AND GLORY. This film by a frequent collaborator of his, director Pedro Almodóvar, earned Banderas an award for best actor at the Cannes Film Festival. Banderas will take questions from the audience when he talks about his lengthy career and his latest work at a FILMMAKERS LIVE! discussion at 4 p.m. Admission is free (no ticket necessary), so come by early to grab one of the coveted seats at this event!
The documentaries being shown today also offer thrilling insight. MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN, for example, provides background to the science-fiction horror classic ALIEN. On that film's 40th anniversary, fans can look forward to exciting anecdotes and well-kept secrets surrounding the making of that cult film. WHAT YOU GONNA DO WHEN THE WORLD'S ON FIRE? on the other hand is firmly rooted in the present. This film sheds light on the everyday lives of African-Americans in the southern United States. The range of stories told, from that of two young brothers to that of a new Black Panther Party in New Orleans, paints a picture that is often appalling and sometimes moving, but always captivating. In FOR SAMA, we travel onward to the Syrian city of Aleppo. This film, recognized in Cannes as best documentary, is at once a stark portrait of a land defined by war as well as a very personal work about the search for happiness.
Plenty of exciting stories are, of course, to be found in this country as well, as is demonstrated by a number of German films that are celebrating their world premiere today. In KIDNAPPING STELLA, rising star Jella Haase plays a wealthy industrialist's daughter who is kidnapped out in the street. WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN with Christiane Paul and Ronald Zehrfeld instead offers something romantic. This film is about a woman in her late 40s who runs into an old flame from her youth, which gets her thinking about how her life has gone — and about how it might have gone. MÄR – A GERMAN TALE is about a journalist who wants to find out why the return of wolves to the Ruhr Valley fascinates so many people. Do these wolves really exist? Or has everyone just succumbed to the magic of an old fairy tale?
Tip: Magical definitely describes the animated film JACOB, MIMMI AND THE TALKING DOGS, which is being shown as part of the Kinderfilmfest. In this spellbinding adventure, seven-year-old Jacob and a couple of two- and four-legged companions must prevent a local park from being destroyed. This is a film with warmth, humor, and suspense.