In addition to big stars and young talent from around the world, Isabelle Huppert will be coming to the 32. FILMFEST MÜNCHEN (June 27 – July 5)

French icon Isabelle Huppert will be honored at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN for her contributions to motions pictures as an art form. She will also be presenting her latest film “Paris Follies” at its German premiere. Germany’s largest summer film festival opens on Friday (June 27) and for nine days will be showing 158 new films from 51 countries.

“I’m thrilled that Isabelle Huppert is coming to Munich. It’s something we’ve been planning for years and now it’s finally happening”, commented festival director Diana Iljine. “And we have plenty of great guests this year. From Hollywood to Bollywood.

Also coming to town are German actor Udo Kier, recipient of the CineMerit Award -- photo: FFM
Also coming to town are German actor Udo Kier, recipient of the CineMerit Award — photo: FFM

“Also coming to town are German actor Udo Kier, recipient of the CineMerit Award. American cult director Walter Hill is being honored with the first complete retrospective of his work ever. Producer legend and Oscar winner Arthur Cohn will be here for a gala in which he will talk about his decades in the American film capital. And Indian superstar Irrfan Khan will be bringing a touch of Bollywood to Bavaria. Irrfan Khan is known internationally for films including “Slumdog Millionaire”, “The Amazing Spider-Man”, “Life of Pi” and “Lunchbox” but also for films from India. In Munich he’ll be presenting his latest film “Qissa”.

The 32. FILMFEST MÜNCHEN opens on June 27 with the German premiere of “The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spiver”. Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who opened Filmfest in 2001 with “Amelie” will be here with his young lead actor Kyle Catlett. The festival’s closing night film is the American production “I Origins”, which will be screened following the award ceremony on July 5th. Director Mike Cahill (“Another Earth”) will be on hand with his stars Michael Pitt (“Boardwalk Empire”) and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey (“Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”).

Willy Bogner -- photo: FFM
Willy Bogner — photo: FFM

Willy Bogner will be showing films spanning his 50 year career as a director and cinematographer. The German King of no-budget pics Klaus Lemke will be presenting his early Hamburg films on five evenings. Also coming to the premieres of their films are Wim Wenders, Olivier Assayas, Dominik Graf, Rainer Kaufmann and Michael Verhoeven.

Lead actor Marco D’Amore, director Stefano Sollima as well as author of the book, Roberto Saviano will be presenting the first episodes of the new Italian series “Gomorrah”. Another German premiere. Game of Thrones producer Frank Doelger will be at a panel discussion on the future of television series.

“We have a lot of impressive women again this year, both actresses and directors”, added Filmfest’s Diana Iljine. From India the actresses Geetanjali Thapa (“Liar’s Dice”) and Shahana Goswami (“Vara: A Blessing”). US actress Juliet Rylance will be presenting her latest film “Days and Nights”. German director Vanessa Jopp and her three leading ladies Meret Becker, Jeanette Hain and Alina Levshin will be at the world premiere of “Lies” and will be bringing their male counterparts Florian David Fitz and Thomas Heinze with them. Jessica Schwarz (“The Chef”), Martina Gedeck (“The Limits of Patience”) und Christiane Paul (“Lola on the Pea”) will also be at the world premieres of their films.

Italian director Alice Rohrwacher will present her second film “The Wonders”. Doris Dörrie will be here with “Que Caramba es La Vida”. And Oscar winner Caroline Link will be here with an anniversary perdormance of her children’s film classic “Annaluise and Anton” with actors Elea Geissler and Max Felder. Director Neele Leana Vollmar will present her new children’s film “Rico, Oskar and the Pasta Detectives” with actress Karoline Herfurth.

German stars galore will be coming to the premieres of their latest films: Mišel Matičević and Ronald Zehrfeld, (“The Kings Surrender”), Tobias Moretti and Jonas Nay (“Flights of Fancy”), Gisela Schneeberger and Heiner Lauterbach (“We Are the New Ones”), Eva Löbau, Laura Tonke and Samuel Finzi (“Worst Case Scenario”), Mina Tander (The Hotel Room”), Anna Loos (“Helen Dorn – Under Control”), Julia Jentsch (“The Chosen Ones”/”Monsoon Baby”), Alice Dwyer and Max von Thun (“Let’s Go!”), Max von Pufendorf and Mark Waschke (“Burning Souls”) and Martin Feifel, Andreas Giebel, Hannes Jaenicke and Florian Stetter (“Wealthy Corpses”).

Many of the guests including Isabelle Huppert, Willy Bogner, Walter Hill, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Udo Kier, Klaus Lemke and Wim Wenders will not only be on hand in the theaters but will also take questions from the press and the public at Filmmakers Live at the festival center at Gasteig. Tickets to these events are free of charge. See the website filmfest-muenchen.de for the schedule and more info.

MUNICH, GERMANY - JUNE 27:  Horst Seehofer speaks on stage during the Opening Night of the Munich Film Festival 2014 at Mathaeser Filmpalast on June 27, 2014 in Munich, Germany.  (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Filmfest Muenchen) *** Local Caption *** Horst Seehofer
MUNICH, GERMANY – JUNE 27: Horst Seehofer speaks on stage during the Opening Night of the Munich Film Festival 2014 at Mathaeser Filmpalast on June 27, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Filmfest Muenchen) *** Local Caption *** Horst Seehofer