BERLIN — The Munich Filmfest kicked off Saturday with homage to actress Geraldine Chaplin and a farewell tribute to fest topper Eberhard Hauff, who will be replaced by Andreas Max Stroehl, head of film at the Goethe Institute.
Munich Mayor Christian Ude presented Chaplin with the CineMerit Award for her work in nearly 100 films. “Geraldine Chaplin is the dream of every cineaste,” said Hauff, while German thesp Mario Adorf lauded Chaplin’s “intelligence, strength and talent.”
Ude also praised Hauff, who is presiding over the event for the last time.
The 21st annual Filmfest, which runs through July 5, is unspooling more than 110 films, including opening pic “House of Fools” from Russian helmer Andrei Konchalovsky,” which picked up the Grand Jury prize in Venice.
The event’s American Independents section is screening feature films examining the Stateside obsession with guns, and documentaries about the filmmakers who stirred up Hollywood in the 1970s. Pics include Alan Jacobs’ “American Gun,” Ben Coccio’s “Zero Day,” about two teenagers planning a campaign of hatred against their high school, Kenneth Browser’s “Easy Riders, Raging Bulls” and “A Decade Under the Influence” by Richard LaGravenese and Ted Demme. Other U.S. screeners include Paul Justman’s “Standing in the Shadow Of Motown,” Uma Thurman and Juliette Lewis-starrer “Hysterical Blindness” and “The Good Girl” with Jennifer Aniston.
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As part of its World Cinema line-up, the event will spotlight films from the Balkans, Russia and Latin America.
Russian works include “With Love, Lilly” from Larisa Sadilova and Valeri Todorovsky’s “Lubovnik” (The Lover). Among Latin American titles are “Historias minimas” from Argentine helmer Carlos Sorin; “Virgin of Lust” from Mexican director Arturo Ripstein and Brazil’s “Bus 174” from Jose Padilha.