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Monday, 06/07/2021

FILMFEST MÜNCHEN will open this year with KAISERSCHMARRNDRAMA, the latest in the series of detective films about village cop Franz Eberhofer. This cult series began its journey at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN in 2013. Now it’s returned to the festival.

FILMFEST MÜNCHEN and Constantin Film will be screening KAISERSCHMARRNDRAMA as the festival’s opening film on the evening of July 1: on three outdoor screens — at the Kino am Olympiasee; Kino, Mond & Sterne; and POPUP SOMMERKINO in the courtyard of the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF) — as well as in in three movie theaters in Munich — the Mathäser Filmpalast, the Gloria Filmpalast, and the Filmtheater Sendlinger Tor.

“This way, we’re all celebrating not only the opening of FILMFEST MÜNCHEN, but also the reopening of the movie theaters, which we’ve all so eagerly awaited!” says festival director Diana Iljine.

Martin Moszkowicz, CEO of Constantin Film, adds: “For Constantin Film as a Munich company steeped in tradition, it’s a great honor to provide the opening film for this year’s film festival in the form of the latest Eberhofer blockbuster. This reflects a strong and meaningful commitment to German cinema and demonstrates the value that is placed on very popular films in Munich and Bavaria.”

Filmfest audiences can catch the world premiere of the latest Eberhofer film, with members of the film team in attendance, either in the open air or in one of the movie theaters on opening night. With these audience screenings on the opening night, the festival aims to start off a summer of arts and culture at various venues in Munich. Information on ticket sales and screening times will be provided soon.

Ed Herzog’s skillful and witty adaptations of Rita Falk’s crime novels have become Bavaria’s most successful series of movies. Their audience of millions includes numerous viewers outside of the southern German province as well. Hardly any other series of films has so many main and secondary characters who are so well-defined that the viewer becomes fond of them from the start and looks forward to seeing them again in each film. First and foremost are the investigative duo Franz Eberhofer and Rudi Birkenberger, portrayed with profound humor by Sebastian Bezzel and Simon Schwarz.

In this latest installment, the Eberhofer series proves to be full of comedic zest, but not without its melancholic interludes. Trouble is brewing in Eberhofer’s idyllic surroundings. Not so much because the village’s well-known camgirl was murdered, but more because Rudi is in a wheelchair following an accident and has settled in on the Eberhofers’ farm, expecting Franz to take care of him round the clock. What really upsets the latter, though, is when his long-term girlfriend Susi (Lisa Maria Potthoff) and his brother Leopold (Gerhard Wittmann) decide to build a duplex with a sauna next to the farm, which also rubs Papa Eberhofer (Eisi Gulp) the wrong way. And as if village life weren’t colorful enough already with a rebellious motorcycle gang and marijuana meatballs, Franz also discovers that his buddies Simmerl (Stephan Zinner) and Flötzinger (Daniel Christensen) had been regular clients of the murder victim.

KAISERSCHMARRNDRAMA has been deemed “especially worthwhile” by the German ratings agency FBW, and this film is definitely special: wonderfully funny, but also heart-warming. 

This film will be released throughout Germany on August 5 (distributor: Constantin Film). KAISERSCHMARRNDRAMA is a Constantin Film production in co-production with ARD Degeto and Bayerischer Rundfunk. It was funded by FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, the German Federal Film Board (FFA), and the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF). Alongside director Ed Herzog and producer Kerstin Schmidbauer, co-producers Stephanie Heckner (BR), Katja Kirchen (ARD Degeto), and Christine Strobl (ARD Degeto) were once again involved in the production. The screenplay by Stefan Betz and Ed Herzog is based on the novel by Rita Falk.

Further information about the schedule of opening night and advance ticket sales for the public will be announced in the run-up to the festival.