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Starting anew and breaking free are frequent themes at the 39th FILMFEST MÜNCHEN

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It’s finally time for a large film festival again. After holding a smaller open-air edition in 2021, we’re returning to the city’s movie theaters this year with 120 film premieres. Films from 52 countries will find a home on Munich screens between June 23 and July 2, 2022.

Cinematic innovation and unleashed creativity are what FILMFEST MÜNCHEN’s curators have discovered in many of this year’s projects. It is thus more than fitting that this year a new international competition is being introduced precisely for such gems. The CineRebels section offers a new platform for filmmakers eager to break the mold as well as for film-loving adventurers who enjoy surprising cinema. Ten films are eligible for the 10,000-euro CineRebels Award, which is sponsored by our new main partner, Audi, and will be presented by a three-member jury. The competition entries include the brightly animated film QUANTUM COWBOYS, which brings the genre of the western into the 21st century, the claustrophobic chamber play THE PENULTIMATE, which follows a meter reader into the microcosm of a bizarre apartment building, and the fairytale-like film SCARLET, in which a musician named Juliette receives a strange prophecy.

In addition to CineRebels, the established CineMasters and CineVision competitions will each feature ten international works that reflect the breadth of creativity in filmmaking. Alongside the opening film, CORSAGE by Marie Kreutzer, the CineMasters section features the latest works by acclaimed directors, including BROKER by Hirokazu Kore-eda, BENEDICTION by Terence Davies, and MORE THAN EVER by Emily Atef. The most impressive directorial debuts — such as Charlotte Wells’s AFTERSUN, about a young father who is not up to his duties as a parent, and WAR PONY by Riley Keough and Gina Gammell, which portrays the American dream from an indigenous point of view — will each celebrate their German premiere in the CineVision competition.

As every year, the focus in 2022 will be on the opportunity for audiences to meet the filmmakers. At around 25 Filmmakers Live! talks and many Q&As held directly after the screenings, it will be possible to ask the celebrities about their projects.

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Alba Rohrwacher

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Doris Dörrie's new film the pool

This year, the Filmfest is paying homage to two European stars as guests of honor. Italian actress Alba Rohrwacher, one of the most sophisticated performers in international cinema, who captivates viewers with her low-key, precise acting and her versatility, will receive this year’s CineMerit Award. In her, FILMFEST MÜNCHEN will be honoring a friend of the festival for her service to contemporary cinema. The tribute will include a screening of PEACOCK’S PARADISE, a family drama in which Rohrwacher takes on the role of a reticent daughter-in-law.

This year, FILMFEST MÜNCHEN is also paying homage to exceptional German director Doris Dörrie, whose latest film, THE POOL, approaches womanhood, its many forms and their implications with a refined sense of humor and receptiveness to dissent. Dörrie’s bold and multifaceted films, which always get close to her subjects, have delighted audiences for decades. The tribute will feature her early film STRAIGHT TO THE HEART and – in a newly restored version – AM I BEAUTIFUL?

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Collaborations with major cultural institutions in Munich have also been renewed. At the Amerikahaus, where our new festival center is located, FILMFEST MÜNCHEN will pick up on the current exhibition, “TransVision”, by screening several international films that explore trans identities from a cinematic perspective and by holding its own Filmmakers Live! talks, where these perspectives will be discussed. The Brazilian film PALOMA by Marcelo Gomes will even celebrate its world premiere at the film festival. In it, a trans woman fights for her right to marry. Immediately adjacent to Munich’s museum district, FILMFEST MÜNCHEN is cooperating with Museum Brandhorst for the third time. In conjunction with the new exhibition “Future Bodies from a Recent Past: Sculpture, Technology, and the Body since the 1950s”, the festival will be screening a program of films curated by Charlie Fox, featuring classics of the “body horror” subgenre. All of these films deal with changing images of the body, including their monstrous forms. This year’s film premieres also include some from the “body horror” subgenre. In Riley Stearns’ DUAL, Karen Gillan fights her clone in a duel to the death, while in A BANQUET a higher power possesses a teenage girl’s body. And in WATCHER, Maika Monroe is stalked again after having been pursued in IT FOLLOWS. Or is she just imagining things?

 

Discover the complete program of films of the 39th FILMFEST MÜNCHEN here.

Tickets are available from June 17th at around 4 pm in our Webshop and at the sales offices of München Ticket.

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