Sometimes a change of scenery is necessary for a film’s protagonists to be able to solve problems they simply cannot solve at home. So for diverse reasons, they load their suitcases into the car and drive off. This is what Marlene and her son Jason do in MY SON. Following a serious accident, Jason is in need of special medical treatment in Switzerland, so the disparate duo drive clear across Germany to get there. Along the way, they discover not only an unusual side to Germany, but also come to realize where their own differences lie. This film is celebrating its world premiere at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN. In a Filmmakers Live! talk, director Lena Stahl talks about this “road trip to family harmony”.
In VIVA FOREVER, by contrast, a group of friends discover that they’ve grown apart. The clique has been vacationing on Lake Garda for years, but the problems they have now are different from the ones they bonded over in their youth. With its lighthearted summery vibe and atmospheric pop-music soundtrack, this film is made for open-air cinema. In a Filmmakers Live! talk, director Sinje Köhler and Mareille Klein, director of MONDAY UM ZEHN, talk about how to deal with a complicated relationship in a comedy.
MISSION ULJA FUNK
Adults aren’t the only ones to go on journeys; children do as well. In MISSION ULJA FUNK at KINDERFILMFEST MÜNCHEN, it’s for science. Fed up with the anti-science attitude of the religious people in her community, Ulja and a friend go on a journey in the family hearse. What follows is a quirky and hilarious road movie with a lighthearted take on believing in oneself.
Finally, in NACHTWALD, two boys go on an adventure. Set amid the picturesque mountains of the Black Forest, two friends, Paul and Max, are searching for Paul’s father, who has disappeared. They’re convinced they’ll find him in a cave. For both of them, the summer of their lives begins. With all these road trips, vacations, and adventures, being out in the open air is especially fun.