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Global filmmakers vent anger at system, while others champions society's underdogs

The long-lasting effects of the financial crisis and its impact on society and the human psyche are some of the themes running through the pics at this year’s Munich Film Festival.munich film festival
When: June 25-July 3
Where: Munich, Germany
Web: filmfest-muenchen.de

This year’s lineup is marked by hard-hitting works that address intense anger at free market institutions as well as by pics that display great sympathy towards the weak, disabled and downtrodden, says fest topper Andreas Stroehl.

“It’s actually tangible in the subject matter,” Stroehl says. “There is a lot of anger. Many filmmakers from the most different places on Earth — from Latin America to South Korea to the U.S. — are grappling with those institutions that they feel have lied to them.”

Alexander Adolph’s “The Last Employee,” screening in the New German Cinema sidebar, is a prime example, as it follows an attorney hired to liquidate a company and lay off its entire staff — a task that eventually overwhelms him.

Stroehl points out that this year’s crop of films also display a lot more sympathy towards the less fortunate.

Indeed, the fest kicks off with Antonio Naharro and Alvaro Pastor’s Spanish drama “Yo, tambien” (Me Too), about a man who, after becoming the first European with Down syndrome to graduate from university, begins a romance with a free-spirited co-worker.

“Many people today feel damaged, disabled or traumatized,” Stroehl says. “We have a number of films about physically impaired people. I suspect that it’s all interconnected.”

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