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MUNICH 2018

Débat public et dialogue au coeur du Festival de Munich

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- La 36e édition de l'événement va présenter 185 nouveaux films de 43 pays ; Emma Thompson et Terry Gilliam recevront les Prix CineMerit

Débat public et dialogue au coeur du Festival de Munich
Mackie Messer - Brechts Dreigroschenfilm de Joachim Lang

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"The shared movie experience is in danger of being lost. That's why festivals are becoming more and more important as places for coming together and as platforms for discussion" – the words of Diana Iljine, director of the Munich Film Festival, on presenting the 36th edition of this ever-popular event (running 28 June – 7 July). Standing out amongst the themes tackled in this year's programme, which features 220 films, including 185 current films hailing from 43 countries (133 German premieres, 43 world premieres), are surveillance, social horror and, on a lighter note, music. An emphasis has also been placed on the female perspective, not only in the film selections but also in the composition of the juries which, this year, are each comprised of seven women and eight men.

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The opening film, Mackie Messer - Brechts Dreigroschenfilm [+lire aussi :
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, by Bertolt Brecht expert Joachim Lang, starring Lars Eidinger, Tobias Moretti, and Hannah Herzsprung, celebrates the 120th anniversary of the birth of the great German playwright with an adaptation of his Threepenny Opera (named Dreigroschenoper in German, hence the title of the film) which recounts the difficulties experienced by Brecht himself in bringing this production to the stage, and the subsequent resistance of the film industry to see it appear on the big screen.

This film will feature in the crucial competition section, New German Cinema, where the emphasis this year will be on "brutally honest" voices, irrespective of the overall tone of the movie, but also of the subject-matter explored in each movie, which is set to range from historical fact to issues of gender. Among the new films due to screen in this section are The Bees and the Birds by Lola Randl; Everything Always All the Time [+lire aussi :
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by Philipp Eichholtz; Right Here Right Now [+lire aussi :
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by Jakob Lass, which sees a diverse crowd come together for the final night of a Hamburg club gone bankrupt; Safari – Match Me if You Can [+lire aussi :
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by Rudi Gaul which transposes Arthur Schnitzler's play La Ronde into the modern-day world of online dating; We Were Just Playing [+lire aussi :
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by Ann-Kristin Reyels, which explores a friendship between two boys representing two separate Europes divided by a border; Linus de Paoli's A Young Man With High Potential [+lire aussi :
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, a psychological study on an individual and product of the Internet age, filmed in English with an international cast, and, last but not least; the coproduction In the Middle of the River [+lire aussi :
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by the American director, Damian John Harper.

The Spotlight section, to be opened by German director Aron Lehmann's The Most Beautiful Girl in the World [+lire aussi :
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, will feature nigh-on 50 fresh and captivating titles from all over the world, some of which have already screened at major festivals. World premieres in this section include Detlev Buck's Asphaltgorillas [+lire aussi :
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, and Klaus Lemke's Bad Girl Avenue [+lire aussi :
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CineVision, the competition devoted to "fresh films directed by fresh talent" includes, among others, Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt's Diamantino [+lire aussi :
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, Bertrand Mandico's The Wild Boys [+lire aussi :
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, Gustav Möller's The Guilty [+lire aussi :
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, and Ali Abbasi's Border [+lire aussi :
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. The CineMasters competition is also rich in high-quality films, such as this year’s Palme d'Or winner, Shoplifters, by Hirokazu Kore-eda, Alice Rohrwacher's Cannes-award-winning Happy as Lazzaro [+lire aussi :
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, and Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote [+lire aussi :
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Gilliam, to whom Munich is also paying tribute, will receive one of the two CineMerit Lifetime Achievement Awards, with the other going to British actress, screenwriter, and two-time Oscar-winner, Emma Thompson. Philip Gröning, whose earlier films will be shown in addition to his latest work, My Brother's Name is Robert and He Is an Idiot [+lire aussi :
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, will likewise be honoured, while this year's retrospective highlights the work of Argentinian filmmaker Lucrecia Martel, including her latest film, Zama [+lire aussi :
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, for which she will be present.

Quite a few big names stand out in the New German TV movies sidebar: Dominik Graf (with Hanne), Thomas Stuber (Kruso), Wolfgang Murnberger (Nothing to Lose), Nana Neul (Our Child)… There will be two sections dedicated to TV series: German and International, whilst other parallel sections worth mentioning are: International Independents, the boxing-themed programme Open Air – Rocky and Friends, and the children's film sidebar Kinderfilmfest.

(Traduit de l'anglais)

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