Tips for Monday
On Saturday, Antonio Banderas was presented the CineMerit Award, and already the next award-winner is in town. We're welcoming Ralph Fiennes to FILMFEST MÜNCHEN, where he'll receive the CineMerit Award as well. This British actor-turned-director, known from such films as THE ENGLISH PATIENT and SCHINDLER'S LIST, will take part in a Filmmakers Live! discussion in the Black Box at 4 p.m. Admission is free on a first come, first served basis. Those who don't manage to get a seat in the auditorium can watch the talk live on the big screen in the foyer, one floor above the entrance to the Gasteig. The award will be presented at 6 p.m., and following this, the director will present his latest film, THE WHITE CROW. This drama tells the true story of ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, who decides, while on tour in Paris, not to return to the Soviet Union. There will be a repeat screening of this film on Saturday, July 6 at 6 p.m.
The stories of more recent refugees are told in PERRO BOMBA and FIREFLIES. In PERRO BOMBA (Münchner Freiheit 2 at 2 p.m.), Steevens leads a quiet life as a Haitian immigrant in Chile. He keeps to himself so as not to cause any trouble, but when a childhood friend turns up, everything changes. Ramin's longing for his homeland destroys his fresh start in FIREFLIES. This homosexual Iranian man stows away on a cargo ship to Mexico in order to flee repression in Iran. Being separated from his lover and finding his way in this new country make him feel more and more uneasy. This drama is showing at Atelier 2 in the City Kinos at 5 p.m. Each film will be followed by a Q & A.
Difficult separations are also the dominant motif in THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF EURÍDICE GUSMÃO. Sisters Eurídice and Guida are pretty much inseparable, up to the point when Guida, the elder sister, elopes with a sailor. At first, the sisters try to stay in touch, but soon their family will stop at nothing to keep them apart. This melodrama, based on a novel by Karim Aïnouz, is showing at the ASTOR Lounge im ARRI at 4 p.m. In I NEED YOU (HFF AudimaxX at 10 a.m.), Silvi's sister is murdered by her husband, leaving Silvi not only to cope with this loss, but also to take care of the children her sister has left behind.
The lives of Melli and her son Ben also change suddenly when they become homeless. In STARS ABOVE US, they try to make the best of their situation and not lose hope of better times. The film team will be happy to answer your questions after the screening at the Kinos Münchner Freiheit at 8 p.m. The Polish crime story DARK, ALMOST NIGHT, by contrast, deals with the disappearance of children. In the film, journalist Alicja Tabor returns to her home town to investigate several kidnappings. You can experience the exciting premiere in the ASTOR Lounge im ARRI at 10:30 p.m.
A highlight of FILMFEST MÜNCHEN 2019 is A Peculiar Vantage: A Selection of Black Cinema, made possible by cooperation with Museum Brandhorst. Artist Arthur Jafa, an important voice in the African-American community for years, curated the films in this section in order to give insight into the perspective of this US minority. Here you'll have a rare chance to see these films. And at Museum Brandhorst today at 7 p.m., Jafa will talk about his work and about the films he's selected.
Arthur Jafa Photo: Monster, 1988, gedruckt 2019. Udo und Anette Brandhorst Sammlung © Courtesy the Artist and Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York/Rome