"Let's Talk Movies": getting into conversation about film ... at the 18th edition of the Filmfestival Münster in the Schloßtheater

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Colourful, wild, exciting and very moving - the Filmfestival Münster 2019 promises its audience five exciting festival days and nights from 18 to 22 September. Innovative cinema from all over Europe and from the closest neighbourhood will be presented in three competition sections, supplemented by a variety of supporting programmes. And in the cosy foyer of the Schloßtheater, viewers can quickly get into conversation with film guests from all over Europe.

For the short film competition alone, the record number of 1,300 films was submitted and evaluated in a sweat-inducing summer viewing marathon. Numerous innovations have determined the programme this year: The short film competition no longer only comes from German-speaking countries, but from 14 European countries and in the European feature film competition only debut films compete for the prize for the best director.

"Let's Talk Movies", a new programme section with selected documentaries and discussion panels, focuses on the cultural location of cinema and film history. The German premiere of Elizabeth Sankey's documentary "Romantic Comedy" questions the functioning of American love stories, Daniel Huhn's "HeimatKino" deals with the present and future of cinema culture in the region, and Mark Loreis' web series "Haus Kummerveldt" provides first insights into how new cross-media paths can be treaded using accompanying video blogs and a sophisticated social media strategy.

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"Romantic Comedy" by Elizabeth Sankey

Of course, much from the past years will continue to hold true: in the Westfalen Connection section, the film festival is looking for the best current film from the region. Twelve films are selected, including a brand-new festival edition of "Münster Above". At a late hour, the section "Nightwatch" provides thrills with bloody revenge fantasies and bizarre twists. In cooperation with the Frauen*Kollektiv Münster, the film festival also presents an exhibition on the question of the "queerfeminist we", supplemented by lectures and discussion panels.

The film festival Münster pays tribute to two recently deceased greats of Dutch and international film: director of photography Robby Müller and actor Rutger Hauer, with a series of retrospectives in "Focus NL". Both were guests at the Münster Film Festival. Further US films starring Rutger Hauer will be shown by filmclub münster in the run-up to the festival.

More than 70 films between two and a half minutes and two and a half hours in length will be shown at the Schloßtheater Münster on the five festival days from 18 to 22 September. In addition to individual tickets, film enthusiasts will soon be able to purchase a festival pass for all screenings at the box office.

  • The Filmfestival Münster is supported by the City of Münster, the ministry for culture and science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Filmstiftung NRW.
  • Four prizes will be awarded: The prize for the best director in the European Feature Film Competition, endowed with 5,000 euros, the Grand Prize of the Filmwerkstatt in the Short Film Competition with 3,000 euros and the Audience Award in the Short Film Competition with 1,000 euros, donated by the Münstersche Filmtheater-Betriebe. The Westfalen Initiative donates 500 euros for the Westfalen Connection Prize.