FILMFEST MÜNCHEN (June 27 to July 6, 2019) will once again honor the best achievements in the New German Cinema sidebar. This year, the recipients will be chosen by actress Melika Foroutan, producer Claudia Steffen, and author and producer Alfred Holighaus. The awards will be presented on July 5 at 8:00 pm in the AudimaxX auditorium at HFF (by invitation only). Candidates from fourteen films qualify this year.
In 2019, as always, it's not just our stakeholders, but also numerous partners that make it possible for FILMFEST MÜNCHEN to be the exclusive cultural event it is, with thousands of guests and fans of cinema arriving from around the world. "Only with the help of our partners are we able to host an attractive festival with high-caliber films, guests, and events. I'm thankful and proud of the fact that many of our partners have been with us and supporting us for years or in some cases even decades," says festival director Diana Iljine.
Sometimes day-to-day life isn't enough. It's a great relief, then, that more and more series are being made that offer us viewers an escape for a few minutes in a variety of ways — be it in classical television with its linear storytelling, in streaming services, or in media libraries. Once again, FILMFEST MÜNCHEN has teamed up with the Seriencamp Festival to present exciting new international series in our Series Spotlight section. In addition, the New German TV Series section offers a selection of the most innovative German series among current productions.
This year, FILMFEST MÜNCHEN will present its first section for Virtual Reality in collaboration with the Bavarian Film Centre. VIRTUAL WORLDS features a selection of the most innovative and important international VR experiences at Munich’s Isarforum from July 2 to July 4.
The 37th FILMFEST MÜNCHEN will soon be showing 180 current films from 62 countries. Among these films are 118 German premieres and 48 world premieres. This year's panels of judges will include eleven women and seven men. Both Antonio Banderas and Ralph Fiennes will be honored with the CineMerit Award this year. The festival will open with Riley Stearns' comedy "The Art of Self-Defense", with Jesse Eisenberg in the leading role. Overarching themes among this year's films include alternative concepts of reality and innovative variations on international genre cinema.
Last year, Emma Thompson captivated the Filmfest audience with her energetic enthusiasm, her enthralling charm, and her casual spontaneity. Soon the British actress will return to FILMFEST MÜNCHEN on the screen. As a tough talk-show host assisted by Mindy Kaling, she wins over the hearts of her viewers in her latest comedy, "Late Night". This film is full of wit, charm, and clever dialogue, and has an excellent cast. It will be screened as the festival's closing film as part of the award ceremony in the Carl-Orff-Saal at the Gasteig on July 6.
The New German Cinema section of FILMFEST MÜNCHEN awaits with a total of 18 German films to discover — all of them world premieres. Intimate family portraits and stories of romantic affairs run opposite examinations of society's problems, while dark fairy tales alternate with cheerful comedies and absurd satires.
This year, FILMFEST MÜNCHEN will present the festival’s special award, the CineMerit Award, to two outstanding actors. Joining English actor Ralph Fiennes will be Spanish actor Antonio Banderas. In Munich, Banderas will personally present Pedro Almodóvar's latest film, “Pain and Glory”, for which he’s just received the award for best actor at the Cannes Film Festival.
This year, FILMFEST MÜNCHEN is recognizing the life's work of two outstanding international film directors. Two separate retrospectives will honor Danish documentary provocateur Mads Brügger and world-renowned South Korean writer-director Bong Joon Ho. The two filmmakers will be bringing along their latest work: both Brügger's true crime documentary "Cold Case Hammarskjöld" and Bong's celebrated Cannes winner "Parasite" will have their German premiere in the CineMasters competition.
The 37th FILMFEST MÜNCHEN (June 27 to July 6, 2019) will present some of Munich's cinematic history in its Open Air section at the Gasteig Forum. Under the title "MINGA, Baby!" — local slang for the city's name — the festival will present eight subjective views of the Bavarian capital by some of the most outstanding local filmmakers. Sometimes comical, sometimes serious, sometimes beguiling, sometimes critical — but always typical of Munich.