Tips for Friday
One of several highlights from Latin America: UNREMEMBER
Homestretch! Only two days of FILMFEST MÜNCHEN remain. But before we wrap things up, a number of highlights still beckon. How about, for example, an exciting trip across South America? Three Filmmakers Live! discussions invite you to get to know the continent better. In BRAZIL: THE ART OF THE COUNTER-IMAGE (Carl-Amery-Saal at 4:00 p.m.), directors offer insight into the societal and cinematic changes that are occurring in their home country. NEW VOICES FROM LATIN AMERICA (Carl-Amery-Saal at 4:50 p.m.) focuses on current trends on a continent that in many respects is in a period of transition or awakening. A must for all fans of unusual cinema is EL PAMPERO CINE COLLECTIVE FROM BUENOS AIRES (Black Box, 6:00 p.m.): the creators of the wild, 14-hour genre experiment LA FLOR and the artist's portrait FOR THE MONEY will take questions from the audience. And anyone who's seen the films made by these uncompromising Argentinians will certainly have lots of questions to ask.
Some films from Latin America or with Latin American roots are also showing on Friday. For example, in UNREMEMBER (Rio 2, 4:00 p.m.), a young woman is confronted with her home country's and her family's past when she returns to Brazil after a period of exile in France. Brazil is where her father disappeared; the wounds inflicted by the military dictatorship are deep ones.
In PAPI CHULO (Rio 1, 8:30 p.m.), Ernesto left his home country to seek his fortune in Los Angeles. There he encounters Sean, a weatherman who's still trying to cope with being dumped by his boyfriend. It's the start of a wonderful friendship that transcends all (cultural) boundaries and a must for anyone who enjoys a heartwarming story.
Elia Suleiman, too, has left to find a home abroad. But what does that mean? Can one ever leave one's past behind? That's quite tricky, as IT MUST BE HEAVEN (ASTOR Kino, 5:00 p.m.) proves, since wherever the Arab Israeli filmmaker goes, he's reminded of what he believes to have left behind. Sitting in a café and tanks roaring by are inseparable impressions, yesterday and today — two sides of the coin.
The past also overshadows the present in JUDY AND PUNCH (Sendlinger Tor, 9:00 p.m.). Amid witches, a historical setting, and hand puppets, a married couple who work with marionettes have their hands full — not least with each other. In the English village of Seaside, built far from any bodies of water, the naming isn't the only thing that's off. Absurd humor plus depravity adds up to a recipe for a cult film!
Germany also produces bleak films, such as Dominik Graf's THE INVINCIBLES (Carl-Orff-Saal at 4:00 p.m.). For its 25th anniversary, this thriller has been restored and lengthened by several minutes to make a director's cut that's being shown at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN. The material, though, is timeless: a police commissioner realizes that his ostensibly deceased colleague is alive and kicking and involved in a horrible affair that leads to the highest circles of politics and society. How the puzzle pieces gradually fit together to form a disturbing picture is the great art of the genre that doesn't need to take a back seat to Hollywood.
Finally, we'd like to recommend a very topical film. ESCAPE FROM RAQQA (Münchner Freiheit 2, 7:00 p.m.) is about a French social worker who converts to Islam and wants to help out in Syria. Yet the situation in the war-torn country is far more devastating than she had imagined. A daring rescue operation demands a lot, not only of the former social worker and her five-year-old son. It demands steady nerves of the audience, too, should it wish to emerge from the nightmare of war unscathed.