17th Filmfestival Münster: The Programme

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The 17th edition of Filmfestival Münster presents five days of young, exciting and moving cinema from all over the world, the remotest places in Europe as well as from the direct neighbourhood.

You will find the programme here: Schedule

More than 800 short and feature films have been screened for the competitions and accessory programmes. The final selection is presented for the first time since 2003 in the festival’s “new old home”, the Schloßtheater, again, second venue is the Cinema. More than a hundred filmmakers have been invited to the five continuous festival days to introduce their works and discuss them with the audience – and maybe to win one of the competition awards in the end.

Eight films compete within the European Feature Film Competition for the best-director award, six of them are debut films be innovative and iconoclastic directors. The festival is opened with German contribution “The Garden” (“Sommerhäuser”) by Sonja Maria Kröner. Her subtle first work with Thomas Loibl, Laura Tonke, Ursula Werner, and Mavie Hörbiger was awarded best film and best direction in the section “New German Cinema” at Film Festival Munich. Actor Thomas Loibl and producer Philipp Worm join their film in Münster and will be present at the festival’s opening.

Further contributions to the competitions take us to all over Europe. The Cannes awardee “Ava” by Léa Mysius is an obstinate film bastard about love, going blind and the mysteries of coming of age – all during a shimmering summer the French Atlantic coast. The multiply awarded Icelandic debut film “Heartstone” by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson tells a dramatic coming-of-age story against the impressive backdrop of Icelandic nature. William Oldroyd’s razor-sharpened romantic drama “Lady Macbeth” is set in rural Victorian England and in “All These Sleepless Nights” by Michal Marczak, the two art students Kris and Michael dance through Warsaw’s party scene. The latter has won the direction award at Sundance Festival.

Surreal and full of black magic, inspired by legends and folk tales, “November” by Rainer Sarnet takes the audience (as a German première) into Estonia’s forests and in “Home Is Here”, Tereza Kotyk turns a house in the midst of the Austrian alps into an instrument of strangely impersonal advances by two individuals. In Hope Dickson Leach’s The Levelling”, a farm in flooded Somerset is the setting of a highly emotional feud between father and daughter after her brother’s death.

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"Ava" by Léa Mysius, Photo: BAC Films

At the heart of the festival is the Short Film Competition, this year presenting 32 little artworks from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Whether action musical, strange interpretation of “Carmina Burana” or complex animatic handiwork – this year’s short films are characterised by exciting diversity. Not only the expert jury but also the audience can choose their favourite in this section.

Films from or about Münster and Westphalia are gathered in the section Westphalia Connection. The Westphalia Initiative endows its audience award. Within this scope, the results of the project “New Film Generation” are presented as well: During four summer workshops, 10- to 14-year-olds captured their favourite places in Münster in poetic and documentary ways on camera. (Sat, Oct 7th, 02:00 pm)

When the section Focus Netherlands and Flanders directs the view across the closest border this year, the whole Flemish language space is considered. For the first time, a film from Belgium is screened within this programme: Fien Troch received the direction award for his film “Home” in Venetia; partly shot with mobile cameras, the film intensively portrays to adolescents. The German première of “If The Sun Explodes” by direction debutante Hanna van Niekerk is a powerful character study of a young Dutch couple on a trekking tour in Lithuania. The director will be at the Schloßtheater for the film’s première. The Dutch Oscar contribution “Tonio” by Paula van der Oest is screened for the first time in Germany as well. The film has arisen from an autobiographic story by well-known Dutch author A.F.Th. Van der Heijden. Based on a further renowned novel by him, another film of the festival was shot: “The Fury” by André van Duren. “Miss Kiet’s Children” by Petra Lataster-Czisch & Peter Lataster is the award-winning documentary in this section: In a small Dutch village, refugee children from Miss Kiet’s integrated class try and understand Western society and settle down in their new lives.

At a late hour, the section Nightwatch invites all friends of the genre to neat shocks and remote thrills. The films range from cannibal drama “Raw” by Julia Ducournau via occult ghost thriller “Verónica” by “[Rec]”-director Paco Plaza and US indie “Super Dark Times” by Kevin Phillips to serial killer mental cinema from Down Under: “Hounds of Love” by Ben Young.

Second location of the festival is the Cinema Münster. Here, Films From The Provinces, hosted by Filmservice Münster.Land and Cinema, address diverse approaches to individuals and stories off the cultural centres. Screenplay and other workshops are in the focus of this programme.

A symposium about independent channels of distribution offers new perspectives for talented young filmmakers and aims at working out old and new ways towards the audience (Sat, Oct 7th, 03:00 pm). Filmwerkstatt Münster takes up this subject with two seminars parallel to the festival as well. The documentary filmmaker Alina Cyranek offers to seminar blocks on “Crowdfunding” and “DIY Distribution”.