Opening film “The Garden” (“Sommerhäuser”)

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In-between two summer storms – a time travel to the 1970s
Opening of the 17th Filmfestival Münster with “The Garden” (“Sommerhäuser”)

In the presence of actor Thomas Loibl and producer Philipp Worm
Wednesday, October 4th 2017, 7:30 pm at Schloßtheater Münster

The 17th Filmfestival Münster is opening on October 4th with the German competition entry “The Garden” (“Sommerhäuser”) by Sonja Maria Kröner. Her subtle debut film with Thomas Loibl, Laura Tonke, Ursula Werner and Mavie Hörbiger was awarded twice already at the Filmfest München within the section “New German Cinema” (“Neues Deutsches Kino”): best film as well as best direction. The jury at Filmfest München was “impressed by the masterful directing of a cross-generational cast”.

Mavie Hörbiger, Thomas Loibl, Laura Tonke (Picture: Prokino Filmverleih)

In muggy “hundred year summer” 1976, an extended family is looking for shade and cooling in an idyllic communal garden. But the summer retreat starts with a literal bang: Just the day grandma Sophie is buried, lightning blasts one of the old trees. When the damage is surveyed, conflicts arise within the family, controversial subjects lurk at every corner, they smoulder and erupt just like the summer storms framing the film. Meanwhile, the children explore unimpededly the garden and the mysteriously enchanted adjacent property. The news regarding a probably kidnapped girl cast a sinister and threatening light on the summery idyll. What if the quirky neighbour was the kidnapper…

In her debut film “The Garden” (“Sommerhäuser”), director Sonja Maria Kröner undertakes a time travel to the 1970s and depicts in atmospherically dense images the profound portray of a family.

Thomas Loibl, one of the leading actors in “The Garden” (“Sommerhäuser”), will be present at the opening of the 17th Filmfestival Münster. Loibl was recently on screen as boss of Sandra Hüller in “Toni Erdmann”. Together with the producer Philipp Worm, he will be available for a Q&A after the screening.

Tickets for the festival opening are available from September 27th on.