BERLIN — The Munich Film Festival, which runs June 29-July 7, is honoring Todd Haynes with a complete retrospective of his work.
Haynes’ multifaceted repertoire ranges from groundbreaking gay films like “Poison,” and landmark music pics “Velvet Goldmine” and “I’m Not There,” to serious period melodramas “Far From Heaven” and the HBO miniseries “Mildred Pierce.”
Munich topper Diana Iljine noted that the fest and Haynes “go way back. We screened his second film ‘Safe’ in 1995. We’re thrilled he’s coming to Munich to present his entire oeuvre.”
Haynes, a Los Angeles native, first made waves with “Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story,” which retells the tragic story of the 1970s pop star, who died of anorexia at the age of 32, using Barbie dolls.
The controversial short film was characterized by themes that would define his later works, including radical experimentation with narrative styles, and a fascination with the masks and identities of pop and rock stars, as seen in 1998’s “Velvet Goldmine” — a chronicle of 1970s glam rock era — and the more recent “I’m Not There,” which dissects the various phases of Bob Dylan’s life and career.
Haynes will be joined in Munich by his d.p. of many years, Ed Lachman, who is serving on the jury for the ARRI Award for the best international film.