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Monday, 6/22/2015


In Munich this summer everything will be revolving around Andy Warhol. The pop icon is being honored with a large homage held by both Filmfest München and Museum Brandhorst.

Filmfest München (June 25 to July 4) will be showing a selection of Warhol’s films put together by Glenn O’Brien and Geralyn Huxley, the curator of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. Some have never been screened before in Europe. O’Brien is presenting YES!YES!YES! WARHOLMANIA IN MUNICH with Katja Eichinger. He was a close associate of Andy Warhol’s and a regular in the Factory. In 1969, Warhol hired him as the editor-in-chief of his magazine Interview.

The selection of films ranges from the legendary Factory Screen Tests – short portraits in which Warhol sat his illustrious subjects down in front of a stationary film camera for roughly four minutes – to Warhol’s first long film, “Sleep” (1963), in which he shot sleeping poet John Giorno for five hours (Filmfest is showing an excerpt) and “The Chelsea Girls” (1966), a unique look at the New York subculture. “San Diego Surf” (1968), which Warhol made with Paul Morrissey has very rarely been seen. Because of the attempt on Warhol’s life by Valerie Solanas shortly after shooting, the experimental surfer film was not completed until the late Nineties.

“We are exceptionally pleased to be able to celebrate Andy Warhol in all his diversity with Museum Brandhorst. YES!YES!YES! WARHOLMANIA IN MUNICH is very impressive in that it links the fine arts and the seventh art to give us a new perspective on Warhol’s visionary, multi-media universe”, said Diana Iljine, the festival director of Filmfest München. “And we’re proud to have Glenn O’Brien here in Munich to present his own very personal selection Warhol films.”

In addition to Warhol’s films, author Katja Eichinger is presenting Beyond Warhol – selected films that show Warhol’s influence on later filmmakers  – from David Fincher’s “Fight Club” (1999) to Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring” (2013). Two of the films are by former Fassbinder actor and later Warhol friend Ulli Lommel – “Cocaine Cowboys” (1979) and “Blank Generation” (1980), in which Warhol made cameo appearances.

Ulli Lommel will be on hand to present his films in person and will participate in Filmmakers Live to talk about his encounters with Warhol. Glenn O’Brien will talk about his time in the Factory. John Giorno, “Baby” Jane Holzer and the legendary John Cale (The Velvet Underground) are also coming to Munich.

Parallel to Filmfest Museum Brandhorst will exhibit, for the very first time, its entire Andy Warhol collection of over 100 works of art, from early advertising graphic design to his iconic silk screen prints. The exhibition runs from June 23rd to October 18th. 

A number of side events will be supplementing YES!YES!YES!WARHOLMANIA IN MUNICH, among them the production of A No Man Show. An Evening with Andy Warhol, a Warhol conceived yet never before performed stage production planned for Broadway, in which the “Warhol Principle” is presented as a puppet show. Starting on June 27, German TV channel ARD-alpha will be broadcasting six episodes of Glenn O'Brien's TV Party, a cult talk show that ran on cable TV in the US between 1978 and 1982 with guests such as David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Debbie Harry.

YES!YES!YES! WARHOLMANIA IN MUNICH has the support of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. Official partner of the homage is American Airlines. Joachim Tietz, American Airlines Regional Sales Manager for Germany, Austria and Eastern Europe commented:  “American Airlines is proud to be the Official Airline Partner of FILMFEST MÜNCHEN and sidebar partner of the Warhol homage. Andy Warhol was a pioneer in the art world, just as American Airlines was a forerunner in the airline business. We were the first to introduce airport lounges, the first airline to have frequent flyer bonus program and the first airline to fly with a completely female crew.  Warhol is and remains one of America’s greatest artists and an American icon and that is why we are proud to support the presentation of his work at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN.”