American indies and new German films were as popular as beer and pretzels at the 13th Munich Filmfest, held June 24-July 1.
Munich auds were enthusiastically initiated into the cult of America’s favorite B-film director, Ed Wood. The Tim Burton movie “Ed Wood” and Brett Thomson’s new docu “The Haunted World of Edward D. Wood, Jr. – A Work in Progress, ” screened together with Wood’s newly restored short “Crossroads of Laredo,” as well as “Glen or Glenda,” “Bride of the Monster” and “Plan 9 from Outer Space.” Wood’s muse and companion Dolores Fuller was on hand for discussions.
The fest’s most important competition, the Hypo Film Prize for the best new German film, was split between a bright contempo comedy, “Talk of the Town” (Stadtgesprach) and a searing glance at Berlin’s new Generation X, “Ex.”
The program, coordinated by critic Klaus Eder, included salutes to veteran Hollywood director Budd Boetticher and Manoel de 0liveira. A Nicolas Roeg workshop featured 15 films while another presented one of the most complete retrospectives of Brazilian helmer Nelson Pereira dos Santos ever screened.