Tips for Sunday
THE MASK OF ZORRO
What a "vida loca"! Antonio Banderas is in Munich with his new film and old classics such as THE MASK OF ZORRO. So rest up and come to the ASTOR Film Lounge im Arri at 11 a.m.
Antonio Banderas is not the only star gracing the silver screen today. At 6 p.m., GOLDEN YOUTH with Isabelle Huppert is showing at the Filmtheater Sendlinger Tor. This grande dame and her partner are a bourgeois couple enjoying the wild party scene in late-1970s Paris. When they meet a young couple, a sensual ménage à quatre ensues. More and more often, actors are enjoying getting behind the camera. Ethan Hawke, who came to fame as an actor in DEAD POETS' SOCIETY, is one of them. In BLAZE, his fourth film as director, the music-lover focuses on the life of Blaze Foley, a country singer who was never very successful, but whose lyrics inspired lots of his famous contemporaries. This film, which is competing for the CineMasters Award, is screening at the ASTOR Film Lounge im ARRI at 10:30 p.m.
"Famous" might not be the right word to describe Chelsea Manning; rather, "notorious". The whistleblower who leaked more than 750,000 secret US Army documents to WikiLeaks is the subject of the documentary XY CHELSEA. Her 35-year prison sentence was commuted by President Obama after she'd served seven years. Since being released from prison, she openly campaigns not only for recognition by society, but above all for freedom of the press and unconditional, transparent access to information. This thrilling and very topical documentary is showing at the Kinos Münchner Freiheit at 9:30 p.m.
Freedom was also fought for during the Arab Spring in 2011. Now, years later, not much has changed. Once motivated, the demonstrators are now tired. THE GREATEST SACRIFICE (Rio 2, 4:00 p.m.) follows two fervent supporters of the movement for three years and shows up close how even the most positive thinkers can lose courage if enough time passes. The effects of war are felt only indirectly in THE DAY I LOST MY SHADOW. This Syrian film deals allegorically with the loss of freedom in crisis regions. A strange disease causes people to suddenly lose their shadows. At 6:00 p.m. a Filmmakers Live! discussion will be held on the topic of "Syria: Filming in Wartime" in the Black Box at the Gasteig. The film will be screened afterward at 7:30 p.m. at the Kinos Münchner Freiheit.
An exciting miniseries is the subject of a binge-watching event in the AudimaxX of the HFF film school at 8:00 p.m. WEST OF LIBERTY is based on the eponymous novel by Thomas Engström. It revolves around the life of Ludwig Licht, a former Stasi informant and double agent whom the CIA reactivates to work on a tricky case. He is to locate Lucien Gell, the founder of a network of whistleblowers, who's disappeared. Wotan Wilke Möhring and Lars Eidinger are the two antagonists in this gripping pursuit. All parts of this thrilling miniseries will be shown in one sitting.