Munich audiences have stood up for the arts. Despite the sun, rain, pandemic restrictions, and soccer: on every day of the festival, enthusiastic film fans flocked to the diverse venues all over Munich. Every evening was guaranteed to be its own special experience.
Ten exciting days and nine magical evenings have now passed for FILMFEST MÜNCHEN and those attending it. Some of that time was spent in the recently reopened festival cinemas, some of it under the starry sky, some of it even under umbrellas, which did not diminish the joy of finally being able to watch movies together on the big screen again. Prior to six excellent films concluding the festival this evening — citywide live, as it’s been since its opening — the festival awards were presented at the festival center in the Carl-Orff-Saal at the Gasteig.
Friday, July 9
Today, the highly endowed German Cinema New Talent Awards were presented at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN. The award for best director went to Nikias Chryssos for his film A PURE PLACE. Franziska Stünkel received the award for best screenplay for THE LAST EXECUTION; the award for best producer went to Miriam Düssel for MY SON; and actor Martin Rohde was honored for his outstanding performance in HEIKO’S WORLD. This was his first feature film; for all the other award-winners, it was their second.
The 38th edition of FILMFEST MÜNCHEN was ceremoniously opened this evening, with numerous invited guests from the arts and the worlds of business and politics, along with many Munich film-lovers, attending.
Particularly in a year like this one, it is our shareholders and our numerous partners, most of whom have been with us for many years, who make it possible for FILMFEST MÜNCHEN to be held and for the city to experience a revival of arts and culture. “We’d like to thank our long-standing, loyal partners and all those who are supporting us in making it possible this year to hold cultural events again,” says festival director Diana Iljine.
These new talent awards are among the most coveted prizes for young German filmmakers, as they can really help their careers to get off the ground. The 2021 award recipients will be chosen by actress Sophie von Kessel, actor and Münchner Kammerspiele ensemble member Komi M. Togbonou, and the artistic director of the Münchner Kammerspiele, Barbara Mundel.