The New German TV Movies section, curated by Ulrike Frick, includes twelve made-for-television productions that will debut on the big screen outdoors at the 38th FILMFEST MÜNCHEN. Audiences can look forward to fresh domestically produced highlights.
Getting into and out of delicate situations
Many of these films are about people whose lives take a surprising turn. Marko (Axel Prahl) in EISLAND is one such example: When illness forces him into early retirement from his job in frozen-food delivery, a dead body gives him the idea for a lucrative new business. Volker’s (Bjarne Mädel) life gets off track in a similar way in DELIVERED: For years, he has provided for himself and his son as a parcel deliverer. When this falls through, he takes on an illegal second job. Joachim Król reprises his role as widower Georg Weiser in WISER AT LAST: Visiting his old friends Jürgen (Peter Lohmeyer) and Petra (Martina Gedeck) on a farm, he comes to realize that old rifts are not so easily mended. Celebrity author and beauty expert Stella Martin (Adele Neuhauser), meanwhile, has a fateful fall on her way to getting cosmetic surgery and acquires the ability to hear others’ thoughts in WRINKLE-FREE. When your family gets to be too annoying, it might be time to call it quits. Carla Michelsen (Maren Kroymann) wants to give her children 250,000 euros each and be done with them (MUM CALLS IT QUITS). Others have to stay: when a cold snap gives visitors to a home for the elderly no choice but to spend the night with the relatives who live there (THE AIR WE BREATHE).
Detective series: New female (and male) investigators in action
Freshly hired Polizeiruf 110 Chief Inspector Elisabeth Eyckhoff (Verena Altenberger) must coax a confession out of a clever murder suspect by midnight (BREAKING POINT MIDNIGHT). THERESA WOLFF – HOME SWEET HOME starts off a refreshingly emancipated series with Nina Gummich as a forensic pathologist. Also new is the team in COLLEAGUES – EVIL CHILD, in which Irene (Caroline Peters) must come to terms with the fact that her co-worker Julia (Natalia Belitski), 15 years her junior, is her ex-husband’s new flame. And in DIE HEIMSUCHUNG, Chief Inspector Ben (Kostja Ullmann) retreats to his parents’ house on the Baltic Sea in order to recover from the trauma of a police operation — and learns that a childhood friend who was long believed dead has been in a vegetative state for 20 years.
Nine-year-old Emily is diagnosed with a rare disease. Her parents insist that a new drug that’s not yet ready for the market be tried out on her, pressuring a pharmaceutical executive (Lisa Maria Potthoff) to make a risky decision: COMPASSIONATE USE. The passengers on an interzonal train traveling from Munich to East Berlin on August 13, 1961 also have a heart-rending decision to make as news arrives that a wall is being built in Berlin. Is it better to get off the train or keep going? 3½ hours (3½ HOURS) remain for this critical decision.
BERND BURGEMEISTER TV MOVIE AWARD
All films in the New German TV Movies section compete for the Bernd Burgemeister TV Movie Award, which will be presented at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN on the first Sunday of the festival, July 4, 2021. The award is valued at 25,000 euros. Additionally, two nominees shall each be awarded 2,500 euros. The award is sponsored by VFF Verwertungsgesellschaft der Film- und Fernsehproduzenten mbH, the German film and television producers’ royalty distributor. This year’s three-member jury is comprised of the former managing director of FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Prof. Dr. Klaus Schaefer, director Natalie Spinell (SERVUS BABY, both seasons of which had their world premiere at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN), and producer and screenwriter Dennis Schanz (head writer/showrunner of the series SKYLINES, among other things).
Details of all films of the 38th FILMFEST MÜNCHEN, including venues and dates, will be announced in the second week of June. Advance ticket sales will begin in the third week of June.