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Friday, 10/19/2012

The 50 Best Films of the Year by Film Students Worldwide

The program of the 32. MUNICH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FILM SCHOOLS (11 - 17 November 2012)

How do Australian road construction workers bury their recently departed boss? How do you get the nice neighbor next door to murder Grandma? And what does a Russian do to make sure that, after having all daughters, his pregnant wife finally has a son? These are just three of the topics of the many films in this year's festival.

The young, up and coming filmmakers from 38 countries around the world will be presenting their films in the Munich Filmmuseum from November 11 - 17. 36 fiction films, 10 documentaries and 4 animated films.

"Whoever deplores the state of the film medium ought to see these films. The latest generation demonstrates that we have a lot to look forward to", remarked Beatrice Behn, film critic and director of the International Comedy Film Festival in Berlin. She, festival curator Wiktoria Pelzer of the Crossing Europe Film Festival in Linz and film expert Theo Tsappos of the Swedish Film Institute in Stockholm were the members of the festival's independent selection committee.

"What's striking is that many of these young filmmakers from all over the world are interested in similar content", Beatrice added. "Close relationships, family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. And things aren't always on the sunny side. They also deal with death, trauma and sadness."

72 film schools submitted 229 films for competition in this year's festival. The films that will be screened come from the Americas, Asia, Australia and 11 European countries. Germany is represented by nine films from six film schools. The participating films are competing for prizes in eight categories that are worth over €45,000: Best Film, Best Documentary, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Production.

Most of these young directors will be in Munich to introduce their films in person. They will be following in the footsteps of earlier, now famous, directors such Lars von Trier ("Breaking the Waves", "Melancholia"), David Yates ("Harry Potter"), Nick Park ("Wallace & Gromit"), Oscar winners Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck ("The Lives of Others"), Caroline Link ("Nowhere in Africa"), Florian Gallenberger ("Quiero Ser") and Susanne Bier ("In a Better World").