In honor of German star Götz George, who passed away last week, FILMFEST MÜNCHEN will screen THE CAT by Dominik Graf on July 2 at 11 am in the Filmmuseum. A Bonnie-and-Clyde story starring Götz George and Gudrun Landgrebe as bank robbers and lovers. Based on the novel by Uwe Erichsen, it was a box-office hit, selling 1.3 million tickets at the German box office alone in 1988. Dominik Graf will introduce the film.
Cast: Götz George, Gudrun Landgrebe, Joachim Kemmer, Heinz Hoenig, Ralf Richter
Screenplay: Uwe Erichsen, Christoph Fromm
Director of Photography: Martin Schäfer
Film Editor: Christel Suckow
Composer: Andreas Köbner
Producer: Georg Feil, Günter Rohrbach, Dieter Minx, Rainer Wemcken
Production Company: ZDF, Bavaria Film
Director: Dominik Graf
Dominik Graf was born in Munich 1952 to actors Selma and Robert Graf. He attended Munich film school HFF from 1974 to 1980 and started working as a director for TV and movies in 1979. He made a name as a director of mysteries and thrillers at a time when most German directors were focused on auteurist arthouse films. His early theatrical films like THE CAT (1987), TIGER, LÖWE, PANTHER (1989) or THE INVINCIBLES (1994) brought genre films back to German theaters. He then began a long career directing the former East German detective format POLIZEIRUF 110, and DER FAHNDER. He has won more Grimme Prizes, ten, than any other director. His miniseries IN THE FACE OF CRIME (2008) was heralded as a watershed in German serial storytelling, written with his frequent collaborator Rolf Basedow, who also wrote SPECIAL INVESTIGATION UNIT. Dominik Graf is a Munich regular, and has premiered 15 of his films at the fest, including most recently WEALTHY CORPSES (2014). He is a three-time winner of the Bernd Burgemeister TV Prize. In 2014, he returned to movie theaters with costume drama BELOVED SISTERS, based on the youth of Friedrich Schiller.