Jeunet's Spivet to Open Munich

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Jeunet's Spivet to Open Munich


Blaney, Martin, Screen International


Jean-Pierre Jeunet's The Young and Prodigious Spivet will be the opening film at this year's Filmfest München (June 27-July 5) after Jeunet previously kicked off the festival in Munich in 2001 with Amelie From Montmartre.

Special highlights at what will be Diana Iljine's fourth outing as festival director include the first ever complete retrospective dedicated to the veteran US director Walter Hill, a gala evening in honour of the Oscar-winning producer Arthur Cohn with a screening of The Children Of Huang Shi, and a tribute to the producer-director-cinematographer Willy Bogner.

The Walter Hill retrospective will range from his 1975 debut Hard Times, starring Charles Bronson and James Coburn, through such classics as The Long Riders and The Warriors and two films made for US television - the pilot Deadwood and the Western epic Broken Trail - to his 2012 film Bullet To The Head, with Sylvester Stallone and Christian Slater.

World premieres

Munich will also be hosting a number of world premieres in its various sidebars, including Thomas Heinemann's Lola On The Pea in the Kinderfilmfest as well as Christian Schwochow's Bornholmer Straße - with a different take on the events of November 9, 1989 in Berlin -, Michael Verhoeven's Let's Go, based on the autobiographical novel by Laura Waco, and Christian Röhl's drama Die Auserwählten, inspired by the shocking true events of sex abuse at the Odenwaldschule boarding school in the TV movies section. …

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