BAM! International Stars and 81,500 Tickets Sold
The 35th FILMFEST MÜNCHEN: great movies, lots of international stars, 81,500 visitors
After 10 days full of great movies and stars from around the world, FILMFEST MÜNCHEN ended today with peak attendance at 160 new films from around the world.
BAM was the short & sweet motto of the festival magazine this year, a controversial claim you either hated or loved, but which hardly left anyone cold – much as the moving, controversial and provocative films and their German and international stars that visited Munich this year: Starting with CineMerit award-winner Bryan Cranston, who wowed the locals with his open and spontaneous style and his frank appeal to his German roots and grandparents, who taught him discipline and the value of hard work. Sofia Coppola and mother Eleanor, Oscar winner Michel Hazanavicius, and cosmopolitan acting star Nastassja Kinski, who served on the jury of the Arri/Osram Award, provided more star power in the southern German city. European stars like French director Claire Denis, British acting veteran Bill Nighy, and legendary French performer Vincent Lindon also graced the red carpet in Munich, along with many top stars of the German film business.
"We're very proud and happy to be able to host all these artists and approx. 81,500 visitors at the 35th FILMFEST MÜNCHEN," said festival director Diana Iljine. "We're very happy to have sold over 80,000 tickets, but even more important is that all our guests are happy, filmmakers as well as moviegoers! The international guests all praised the local audience as a wonderfully open and informed crowd of movie lovers, who were full of curiosity and interesting questions at the many Q&As after the screenings and the Filmmakers Live talks in the festival center. That proximity between audience and stars is one of the things that makes Munich special. That's something that's very important to us, and we want to make sure the audience can get close to the big stars on the red carpets and at the screenings."