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Tuesday, 6/2/2015

The Renewed Passion for German Cinema

Of Neonazis and other monsters. Of trips and summer vacations. The 33rd FILMFEST MÜNCHEN has its finger on the pulse of new German cinema with 18 world premieres and, for the first time, an international critics’ award.

The New German Cinema Section presents the very latest German productions. A major topic this year is the search for identity. The German filmmakers approach this in a variety of ways. The spectrum ranges from wacky comedies to playing with and combining various genres. There are no clear dividing lines. The young directors are often inspired by their multicultural background or look for their stories abroad.

Festival director Diana Iljine: "German cinema is unbelievably diverse. Whether they’re small, radical projects or mainstream pictures, we’re very proud to be able to show this amazing range.”

AKIZ, for example, has made the nightmarish beautiful coming-of-age horror film "Der Nachtmahr": A young party girl (Carolyn Genzkow) is visited in her dreams by a ghoulish creature. Özgür Yildirim ("Chiko") has made a science fiction thriller, "Boy 7", based on a novel, in which he sends David Kross on a wild trip into a dystopic world where he meets up with rising star Emilia Schüle.

There’s a reunion with Axel Ranisch, whose "Ich fühl mich Disco" and "Reuber" were screened at Filmfest two years ago. "Alki Alki", the latest film by the Rosa-von-Praunheim student is a melancholy comedy about an alcoholic and his relationship with the bottle. "Heil" by Dietrich Brüggemann ("Stations of the cross"), who returns to Filmfest after "3 Zimmer/Küche/Bad" promises to be wild - a frenetic politically incorrect farce about Neonazis in the East German sticks, whose leader is played by Benno Fürmann.

Frieder Wittich’s long-awaited "Beck’s Last Summer" is a humorous-reflective road movie about a music teacher (Christian Ulmen) hoping to recapture his rock’n’roll past. Volker Bruch, Vicky Krieps and Lavinia Wilson star in "Outside the Box", a caustic comedy about the bizarre anomalies of modern corporate management by Philip Koch ("Picco").

After making "Das Lied in mir", Florian Cossen traveled far once again to make his latest film. Indie-style, he shot "Coconut Hero" in the wilds of Canada about a teenager with a severe and almost deadly identity – Sebastian Schipper shines in a supporting role. Visar Morina’s debut feature film "Babai" tells the poignant story of a ten-year-old’s journey from Kosovo to find the father who abandoned him.

The New German Cinema section has three films more than in the past (the festival is longer as of this year). Five of them are documentaries with explosive topics. Filmmakers Leonie Stade and Annika Blendl, for example, have addressed one of the largest judicial scandals in post-war Germany.

As always, the German Cinema New Talent Award will go to the best newcomers in the New German Cinema section in the categories of Director, Producer, Screenwriter and Actor (a separate press release will follow). New this year is the FIPRESCI Prize – the well known award from the International Federation of Film Critics at all major ‘A’ festivals. An international three member jury will select their winner from the 13 feature films and five documentaries.

The New German Cinema section is one of the most popular at Filmfest München and has long been a favorite launching pad for German films. Pictures such as "Oh Boy" und "Love Steaks" were discovered here and went on to become success stories. Almost all of last year’s films were picked up by German distributors and many were box office hits. "Das Zimmermädchen Lynn" was distributed in the USA and France. More and more international festivals such as Rotterdam and London send scouts to Munich for the festival. The number of international guests keeps growing from year to year as does the industry’s interest in Filmfest München.

The following films will be screened in the New German Cinema section of the 33rd FILMFEST MÜNCHEN:

Alki Alki
by Axel Ranisch
with Heiko Pinkowski, Peter Trabner, Christina Große, Thorsten Merten, Robert Gwisdek

Babai
by Visar Morina
with Val Maloku, Astrit Kabashi, Adriana Matoshi, Enver Petrovci, Xhevdet Jashari

Becks letzter Sommer (Beck’s Last Summer)
by Frieder Wittich
with Christian Ulmen, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Eugene Boateng, Friederike Becht, Fabian Hinrichs

Boy 7
by Özgür Yildirim
with David Kross, Emilia Schüle, Ben Münchow, Jens Harzer, Jörg Hartmann

Coconut Hero
by Florian Cossen
with Alex Ozerov, Bea Santos, Krista Bridges, Sebastian Schipper, Udo Kier

Happy Hour
by Franz Müller
with Simon Licht, Mehdi Nebbou, Alexander Hörbe

Heil
by Dietrich Brüggemann
with Benno Fürmann, Liv Lisa Fries, Jerry Hoffmann, Jacob Matschenz, Daniel Zillmann

Die Kleinen und die Bösen (The Small and the Wicked)
by Markus Sehr
with Christoph Maria Herbst, Peter Kurth, Emma Bading, Ivo Kortlang, Dorka Gryllus

Dem Leibe dieses Todes (The Body of this Death, documentary film)
by Rudolf Domke

Die Maßnahme (The Measure)
by Alexander Costea
with Max Wagner, Aljoscha Stadelmann, Anna Grisebach, Thomas Limpinsel, Gerhard Jilka

Mollath - Und plötzlich bist du verrückt (Dokumentarfilm)
by Leonie Stade, Annika Blendl
mit Gustl Mollath, Gerhard Strate, Otto Lapp, Beate Lakotta

Der Nachtmahr
by AKIZ
with Carolyn Genzkow, Kim Gordon, Julika Jenkins, Arnd Klawitter, Wilson Gonzalez Ochsenknecht

Nightsession
by Philipp Dettmer
with Thomas Eckert, Sergio Grosu, Pacel Khachab, Jonas Rosenbauer

Outside The Box
by Philip Koch
with Volker Bruch, Stefan Konarske, Vicky Krieps, Sascha Gersak, Lavinia Wilson

Overgames (documentary film)
by Lutz Dammbeck
with Maggy Vano Strand, Rick Prelinger, Bob Noah, Michael Brockman, Philip Zimbardo

PROJEKT A (documentary)
by Moritz Springer, Marcel Seehuber

Schau mich nicht so an (Don't look at me that way)
by Uisenma Borchu
with Uisenma Borchu, Catrina Stemmer, Josef Bierbichler, Anne-Marie Weisz

Staatsdiener (Civil Servants, documentary)
by Marie Wilke
with Kathrin Cruz, Patrick Ehrlich, Christian Franke, Viktor Seletsky, Ann-Kathrin Krauß