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A Majestic Opening

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FILMFEST MÜNCHEN starts off with Marie Kreutzer’s CORSAGE and the Amerikahaus becomes the new festival center

A Majestic Opening

After a FILMFEST MÜNCHEN POP-UP was held at drive-in theaters in 2020 and an open-air edition of the festival was held in 2021, the Filmfest is now returning to the city’s large movie theaters. We’re really looking forward to experiencing great emotions together as the lights are dimmed.

To celebrate this return in a fitting manner, the opening ceremony of the 39th FILMFEST MÜNCHEN will be held in the beautiful new concert hall recently opened by the city of Munich: the Isarphilharmonie at the Gasteig HP8. This modern concert hall, built onto an industrial heritage site, provides just the right atmosphere for the majestic opening film. Marie Kreutzer’s CORSAGE has Vicky Krieps step into the iconic role of Empress Elisabeth of Austria in a completely new guise. Free of kitsch, Kreutzer paints a completely new picture of a woman who was literally and socially corseted by royal constraints, prevailing standards of beauty, and her own wardrobe.

After a two-year break due to the pandemic, it’s important to us as a long-standing partner of the Filmfest to provide a very special setting for the opening of the Filmfest this year. I’m convinced that the Gasteig HP8 can offer just the right atmosphere.

Max Wagner, managing director, Gasteig
Collage Spielstätten

In addition to a brand-new setting for the opening this year, there’s also a new festival center at the Amerikahaus. Some events and screenings of last year’s Filmfest were already held at this venerable cultural institution on Karolinenplatz. This year will see an expansion of this cooperation as the Amerikahaus becomes home to the Filmfest visitors’ lounge, where people can casually sit together under airy canvas roofs and celebrate summer and film. Film screenings and events in the Filmmakers Live! section will also be held there. Tickets for all festival films and events can also be purchased at the Filmfest box office at the Amerikahaus.

Amerikahaus director Dr. Meike Zwingenberger is looking forward to it:

Finally, great cinema is returning to the Amerikahaus. The Amerikahaus has a long tradition as a venue in Munich’s film history and this year, as the festival center, it will be a hub for all filmmakers. Our partnership with the Filmfest guarantees exciting films, and the location a distinctive ambience. I’m looking forward to lots of unforgettable films and intense conversations in the coming weeks. We’re rolling out the red carpet!

Several movie theaters we’ve partnered with for years have renewed their involvement: from June 24 to July 2, great German and world premieres will be held in the ASTOR Film Lounge im ARRI, the Gloria Palast, the Rio Filmpalast, the Filmtheater Sendlinger Tor, the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF), the Filmmuseum and the City/Atelier cinemas.

Last but not least, we’re integrating the positive experiences we’ve had over the last two years and are continuing to screen films at special locations. We’re delighted that Kino, Mond & Sterne, one of the city’s loveliest open-air locations, and Sugar Mountain, an exciting venue off the beaten track, are once again on board and that the 39th FILMFEST MÜNCHEN will once again be happening throughout the city.

 

If you’d like to revisit the last two years of the festival, you’ll find the best moments here:

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