Open Air Cinema in Munich Westpark by night.

Citywide Live

Munich Film Festival

Nine open-air locations and seven film festival cinemas will present 28 German and 33 world premieres: To the delight of all cineastes, the Filmfest in Munich will take place from 01 to 10 July 2021. Look forward to an engaging yet entertaining line-up, with films that tell their haunting stories with summery ease.

"Citywide Live" is the motto of this year's FILMFEST MÜNCHEN: These include the popular open-air institutions Kino am Olympiasee and Kino, Mond & Sterne in the Westpark, as well as open-air locations created specially for the festival, such as on the grounds of the Institut Français in Schwabing and the courtyard of the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF). Bahnwärter Thiel in the Schlachthofviertel will also be part of FILMFEST MÜNCHEN on selected evenings, as will the Pasinger Fabrik and the CityQuartier Fünf Höfe. A multifaceted supporting program that will promote dialogue and interaction is being planned in cooperation with further partners that include the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism and the Amerikahaus in the Museum District.

At the 38th Munich Film Festival, many of the films revolve around issues of community and belonging, sexual identity, and journeys into imagined worlds. Franka Potentes' directorial debut HOME, for example, is about an incarcerated teenager who is released after 20 years in prison and sets off on a skateboard to his hometown of Clovis, where his deeds have not yet been forgiven. Merawi Gerima, the acclaimed newcomer of contemporary Black Cinema, presents a semi-autobiographical portrait of the effects of gentrification in the feature film RESIDUE. In SUMMER 85, French star director François Ozon tells a bittersweet queer love story and a painful loss. The audience can expect a playful mixture of comedy, romance and melodrama embedded in a summery dream setting.

Exceptional genre films are also on the programme in July: Kiyoshi Kurosawa's historical spy thriller WIFE OF A SPY is set at the time of the Second World War and stages an elegant game between reality and illusion. Science fiction fans can take a hypothetical look into the future in the German film TIDES by Tim Fehlbaum. The laughing muscles definitely come into play in Helena Hufnagel's COMMITMENT PHOBIA and HEIKO'S WORLD by Dominik Galizia. 

The film festival also presents the winners of the BEST OF FILMSCHOOLFEST and the online festival UNIFIED FILMMAKERS. For the whole young audience there is a special children's film festival with five films and many afternoon open-airs. The opening is taken over by the real film adaptation of the children's book classic LAURAS STERN.

Four great women - Senta Berger, Robin Wright, Franka Potente and Małgorzata Szumowska - who have left a lasting mark on international cinema will be honoured at this year's film festival. 

Instead of one final film, this year there will even be six final screenings at different venues on the evening of 10 July. 

Ticket sales are expected to start in the third week of June. 



Photos: Kino, Mond & Sterne Munich, Filmfest München


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