Magazine article Screen International

Terry Gilliam, Emma Thompson and Lucretia Martel Heading to Munich Film Festival

Magazine article Screen International

Terry Gilliam, Emma Thompson and Lucretia Martel Heading to Munich Film Festival

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The German festival runs from June 28 to July 7.

Terry Gilliam, Emma Thompson, Lucrecia Martel

The Munich Film Festival opens on Thursday (June 28) with the world premiere of Joachim A. Lang’s Mackie Messer - Brechts Dreigroschenfilm, starring Lars Eidinger as Bertold Brecht.

The film is inspired by Brecht’s 1928 play The Threepenny Opera and Kurt Weill’s song Mack The Knife, which was written for the play.

The German premiere of Andrew Niccol’s Anon, starring Clive Owen as a detective who finds a young woman with no identity, played by Amanda Seyfried, will close the festival on July 7. The sci-fi thriller is produced by Germany’s K5 Film.

Lee Chang-dong’s Burning (which set the record score on Screen’s Cannes jury grid last month), Paul Schrader’s First Reformed and Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Palme d’Or winner Shoplifters, are screening in the main CineMasters competition.

The jury is comprised of actors Meret Becker (Munich) and Amanda Plummer (Pulp Fiction) alongside Blixa Bargeld, singer and founding member of German electro band Einstürzende Neubauten.

The CineVision competition for emerging international directors includes Gustav Möller’s thriller The Guilty, Ali Abbasi’s Border and football comedy Diamantino directed by Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt.

Actor Alina Levshin (Combat Girls), theatre and opera director Andreas Kriegenburg and Frieder Schlaich, co-head of German distribution and production label Filmgalerie 451, will form the CineVision jury.

Cinemerit honorees

UK-based writer-director Terry Gilliam will receive Munich’s honorary Cinemerit award. The festival will pay homage to his work by screening four of his films: Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1975), Brazil (1985), The Fisher King (1991) and Lost In La Mancha (2002).

Gilliam’s most recent film, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, will have its German premiere in the CineMasters competition, and screen at the Cinemerit Gala ceremony at which Gilliam will receive his award.

‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’

He will also participate in a ‘Filmmakers Live’ event.

UK actor and writer Emma Thompson will also receive a Cinemerit award and the festival will screen three of her films: Howards End (1992), Sense And Sensibility (1995) and Nanny McPhee (2005). …

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