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Tuesday, 11/6/2012

Young Directors in Tune with the Times

The 32nd MUNICH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FILM SCHOOLS presents exciting up-and-coming directors from 22 countries

From the deployment of German soldiers in the Hindu Kush to the financial crisis in the USA to doping in cycling and shooting sprees at high schools, these are just some of the topics in the international competition at this year's festival, which takes place from November 11 - 17.

"The coming generation of filmmakers has a lot to say," according to festival organizer Diana Iljine who announced this year's program at the press conference in Munich. 50 of the best films by students from around the world were selected to compete for prizes worth over € 45,000.

"It's really fun to see how these young directors use current topics to tell exciting stories on the big screen," added Iljine. "They have strong characters and situations and they approach them from different angles. But they all pose the question: what is important in life?"

"Shoot The Moon" from the USA, for example, deals with love and solidarity. The bad economy pushes a family to the brink. A single Mom who loses her job and possible her home next, withdraws into the illusory world of a TV game show. To her teenage daughter falls the responsibility of holding the family together.

The Chinese film "The Home Gleaners" focuses on those that swift economic growth has left behind. It is optimistic, however, in that it shows how the chance encounter of a man and a boy at the bottom of the economic ladder can lead to true friendship. In "The Letter" from Belgium, a young Russian cycling pro has to decide what he is willing to sacrifice to further his career.

German film students are no exception to this trend. "Deadlock", a film by Hamburg film student Benjamin Teske, is set in the emergency room of a hospital after a shooting spree at a local high school. In "Cowboys and Indians" director Jan-Gerrit Seyler deals with the consequences of Germany's military deployment in Afghanistan, a topic many people prefer not to think about.

Several of the films show that serious subjects can be dealt with humorously. In the Romanian documentary "Stremt 89", the residents of a small village reminisce ironically about 'their' anti-communist revolution in 1989 in which no blood was shed but an enormous amount of alcohol. In "Reza Hassani Goes to the Mall" director Sara Zandieh looks at integration from an unconventional perspective. With subtle humor, she shows the attempts of an immigrant from Iran to introduce his son to the "American Way of Shopping".

The 32ND MUNICH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FILM SCHOOLS opens on November 11 with a gala at the University of Television and Film Munich. The official program commences as of November 12 at the Munich Filmmuseum.