Wednesday, 6/24/2020


Summer cinema in the city: The festival feeling is alive!


True to the traditional motto of summer, sun, and Munich, the new FILMFEST MÜNCHEN POP-UP format will celebrate both film and summer in the city in July and August 2020. In cooperation with the PopUp Autokino München drive-in theater and the Kino am Olympiasee, FILMFEST MÜNCHEN will present seven brand-new films and series in the open air — all of them world premieres attended by special guests. Whether from a car seat or a deck chair, the focus of all the events is the shared analog experience of film in the urban space of the city of Munich.

Most of the screenings will be held in the parking lot of the Zenith event hall in Munich, at the PopUp Autokino drive-in theater, an initiative of students and alumni of the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF). Our film series starts off on July 15, with Kida Khodr Ramadan’s solo directorial debut, IN BERLIN WÄCHST KEIN ORANGENBAUM. Known as the star of 4 BLOCKS, Ramadan also assumes the leading role in his own film — that of a criminal named Nabil, who is released from prison but remains a prisoner of his past. On July 23, the 130-square-meter screen of the PopUp Autokino beckons again with the detective comedy FAKING BULLSHIT, starring Bjarne Mädel. Behind this movie, directed by actor Alexander Schubert from the Heute-Show ensemble, are the makers of the film RONNY & KLAID, which celebrated its premiere at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN 2018. On July 27, right around when the legendary Wacken Open Air heavy metal festival was supposed to start this year, Munich will become a mecca for metal fans. A brand-new theatrical version has been created from all the episodes of the first and second seasons of the Bavarian cult online series LORD & SCHLUMPFI: THE LONG WAY TO WACKEN (directed by Sabine Schreiber), which should test the limits of many a car radio. Sebastian Marka’s near-future thriller EXIT offers suspense on July 31. For the protagonist, played by Friedrich Mücke, boundaries blur between reality and an illusory digital world of his own creation.

The festival continues throughout August with Maggie Peren’s smart and star-studded romantic comedy HELLO AGAIN, which premieres at the PopUp Autokino on August 12. In trying to prevent her best friend’s wedding, the film’s protagonist gets stuck in a time loop; Alicia von Rittberg and Edin Hasanović relive that day again and again and again. On August 23, Munich’s cinematic desperado, Klaus Lemke, will pay his respects at the PopUp drive-in cinema when he brings along his latest film, A CALLGIRL FOR GHOSTS — and no doubt a surprise or two.

The long-established Kino am Olympiasee, held annually from May to September, will see a further highlight in this summer of open-air viewing: the start of the second season of Natalie Spinel’s instant cult series SERVUS BABY. In cooperation with the Kino am Olympiasee and Bayerischer Rundfunk, four new episodes of the highly anticipated second season will be shown as a world premiere on August 19. As in the celebrated first season of this comedy series, which was initially shown at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN 2018 and presented with the Bavarian TV Award the following year, the new episodes deal with the — professional and private — trials and tribulations of four Munich women around the age of thirty.

The PopUp Autokino and the big open-air premiere with the Olympic Park as a backdrop are certain to guarantee a shared experience and festival vibe.

Tickets and further information:


PopUp Autokino München

Lilienthalallee 29
80939 München

Ticket for car spot: 10 - 20 € per person (depending on number of people in the car)
Ticket for deck chair: 11 - 14 €
Screenings start at 9:30 pm in July and at 9 pm in August

Kino am Olympiasee

Coubertinplatz 1
80809 München

Tickets 13,90 – 14,90€
Screening starts at 8:30 pm