Munich Film Festival rolls out red carpet
The event promises high-quality cinema and big-name guests
24 June, 2017
Bavarian State Minister Ilse Aigner before the start of the event.
French Director Claire Denis, whose movie Un Beau Soleil Interieur opens the festival.
Director Sofia Coppola (C) with the ladies of The Beguiled.
The 35th Munich Film Festival rolled out the red carpet on 22 June for film stars, celebrities and fans, with a programme of 180 films from 60 countries. "This is a sensational selection of films," festival director Diana Iljine told DPA. The 12 films in competition will run for top two prizes: CineMasters best film award and CineVision award for the best newcomer director.
The festival opened with the French film Un Beau Soleil Interieur, starring Juliette Binoche. The festival will end on 1 July with the screening of the British film Their Finest, featuring acting legend Bill Nighy.
The subtitle for this year's festival is Relax. Flirt. Enjoy. - three bits of advice underscoring the fun aspect of a summertime festival in the easy atmosphere of the Bavarian capital.
Of the 180 films to be screened, 120 are making their premieres in Germany and in many cases in Europe, while 45 movies, many of them German productions for the cinema and television, are making their world premieres.
The two main sub-themes of this year's festival are Youth on the Move and Creative Resistance, which deal with a wide array of political, social and psychological issues, director Diana Iljine said. "Resistance is useless, you might think, in our crisis-torn world," she added. "And yet there's a political will to resist in society, spreading upheaval, especially among the young. Just a few years ago, the youth of Generation Y were regarded as unpolitical, passive consumers and slackers. Almost overnight they morphed into politically aware Millennials rebelling against the norms and conformities of the adult world."
Munich film festival visitors will see as special guest director Sofia Coppola, whose film, The Beguiled, with Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman, is in the competition for the top award, the CineMasters. In addition, the fest is honouring Coppola with a retrospective of her seven previous films, among them The Virgin Suicides (1999), Lost in Translation (2002) and The Bling Ring (2013).
Besides Coppola and Nighy, the festival this year will also welcome other stars such as Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle, Breaking Bad TV series) to honour him with the lifetime achievement CineMerit Award. Legendary German actress Nastassja Kinski will be attending the festival throughout, in her role as a member of the jury for the CineMasters prize.
And, it just may be the place where filmgoers get a first shot at seeing an Oscar-winning film, as was the case last year when the winner of the top prize was The Salesman by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, DPA noted. In February, the film won this year's Oscar as the best foreign-language film.