Retrospective to screen all of director's films
BERLIN — The upcoming Munich Film Festival is honoring Stephen Frears with a retrospective showcasing all of the British filmmaker’s cinematic works.“Stephen Frears is one of the most interesting and uncompromising filmmakers in Europe,” said fest director Andreas Stroehl. “His name stands for small, political and socially engaged films as well as for big star cinema and intelligent entertainment.” Among the titles unspooling at the fest, which runs June 26-July 4, are “My Beautiful Laundrette,” “Prick Up Your Ears,” “Sammy and Rosie Get Laid,” “Dangerous Liaisons,” “The Grifters,” “High Fidelity” “The Queen” and “Cheri.” Frears is set to attend the event. In addition, the fest’s Open Air Kino sidebar is celebrating movie mayhem with this year’s theme of “Relished Destruction,” unspooling films such as Blake Edwards’ “The Party,” Jacques Tati’s “Play Time” and John Landis’ “The Blues Brothers” as well as works by Laurel and Hardy. Boasting seven regular sections, including International, American Independents, Nouveau Cinema Francais and Visiones Latinas, the fest will offer a special regional focus this year on films from Eastern and Southeastern Asia. The fest will announce its complete lineup on June 4.