Going on the offensive
Cooperation must be the way forward, in global politics as well as in the film industry. In order to increase support for international cooperation as well as for German co-producers, FILMFEST MÜNCHEN will for the first time be presenting the 100,000-euro CineCoPro Award this year. Nine films are currently represented in this new section of the program: German co-productions with Bangladesh, Brazil, Denmark, France, and other countries. US author William Faulkner once said, "The past is never dead. It's not even past" — and several of the films in this competition appear to prove him right. Bálint Kenyeres' HIER (YESTERDAY) bears a fixation on the past in its own title. Marco Bellocchio's THE TRAITOR is the true story of Mafia gangster Tommaso Buscetta, who dared to go on the offensive, surrendering to the authorities and denouncing his old companions. The stunning visuals in GAZA, a documentary film by Garry Keane and Andrew McConnell, tell the story of a place caught in a permanent state of emergency. Here, too, the past is ever-present, casting a pall over the present day that is hard to escape from. Or is it? There is always hope.