LOCKED IN ON THE WORLD
Young filmmakers from 22 countries have their sights set on the world - on both large and small scales - at the 34th FILMSCHOOLFEST MUNICH
The spectrum of this year's FILMSCHOOLFEST program runs from the microcosms of nuclear families to global cultural and social developments. From the 16th to the 22nd of November, young directors from around the world will be presenting their latest films.
"I'm impressed every year by how these young filmmakers approach current topics of interest from totally different perspectives", commented Festival Director Diana Iljine at the presentation of the program in Munich. "Whether they deal with intimate relationships or worldwide phenomena, they give us exciting insights of society today."
The British short Sunday Dinner with the Morgans delves into the dark secrets behind the perfect façade of a family and reveals them with a good dose of humor. The discrepancy between expectations and reality are what Sunny focuses on as well, although in an entirely different way. This selection from the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg deals with Hajo, who is 19, unemployed and has just recently become a father. Instead of looking after his son and changing diapers, he'd prefer to have a job that would enable him to provide for his family.
A number of films are concerned with a better future far from home: Solidarity, from the USA portrays a woman from Mexico and a man from Lithuania who struggle to make a living in Los Angeles without green cards. Sweet, Sweet Country deals with an immigrant from Africa in Georgia. Quyen is about a young Vietnamese woman in South Korea. This topic is just as explosive in Europe, as two German films show. Two at the Border follows two men whose specialty is getting illegal immigrants across the European Union border. Bahar in Wonderland is the story of a young Kurdish girl who has fled from Syria to Frankfurt with her father.
In addition to political and social topics there are also films with fanciful stories and unusual storytelling approaches. Splitting Hairs, for example, takes us into the psyche of a hair fetishist. In Bistro Caprice a reading experience becomes surrealistic and Call it Blue is a dreamy, playful take on an exciting road trip.
46 films by students from the world's leading film schools were selected for the festival's international competition. They are competing for eight well-endowed awards including best screenplay, best production and best documentary.
The winners are chosen by a jury of five independent experts. The members are producer Caroline Daube (Friedliche Zeiten, La Pirogue), director of the Jerusalem Film Festival Noa Regev, journalist Matthias Leitner, Italian director Fabio Mollo (Il Sud è Niente) and Marc Schlegel, whose film The Funeral of Harald Kramer won three awards at last year's festival.
The 34th Munich International Festival of Film Schools opens on November 16th with a gala at the Munich University for Television and Film. Screenings for the public begin on November 17th in the Filmmuseum München. For the complete festival program and additional information please go to www.filmschoolfest-munich.de.