“Expectations exceeded”: 50,000 visitors at the Munich Film Festival

The Audience Award at the 39th Munich Film Festival goes to the drama “When will you kiss my wounds?” by director Hanna Doose. Bayern 2, the cultural radio station of the Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation, had once again searched for the most popular production with the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

The public could vote for their favorite online. The entire film festival program with around 120 films from all over the world was available for selection.

BR cinema expert Markus Aicher handed over the trophy to the director on Saturday evening together with Ulrike Heidenreich from SZ. In addition to the award, Hanna Doose received an annual ticket for two people for all Bavarian cinemas.

Actors improvise their dialogues

In “When Will You Kiss My Wounds?” the actors were allowed to improvise their dialogues. Bibiana Beglau plays a Berlin director who returns to the family farm in the Black Forest because of her terminally ill sister (Katarina Schröter). Her best friends from Berlin days – young actress Laura (Gina Henkel) and DJ Jan (Alexander Fehling) – promptly leased the farm in order to realize their dream of country life. But from the former illusions of the three only the anything but glamorous reality remained. It’s partly funny, partly tragic, and while the masks are falling, it becomes clear: Maria still has a score to settle with her friends.

“When will you kiss my wounds?” is Hanna Doose’s second feature film. For her debut “Dust on our Hearts” she received the New German Cinema Promotional Prize at the 2012 Munich Film Festival.

Around 120 films from all over the world

Around 50,000 visitors came to the Munich Film Festival this year, much to the delight of the organizers. In particular, the new festival center at the Amerikahaus, with which the film festival once again cooperated in terms of content, was very well received.

“I am very happy that the films, the new formats and locations have been so well received,” stressed festival director Diana Iljine. It has succeeded in bringing people back to the cinema.

Until July 2, the film festival showed around 120 films from all over the world, including films by Ukrainian filmmakers and those critical of Russia. In addition, numerous prizes were awarded. For example, the comedy “Not quite kosher” was also awarded the Fritz Gerlich Prize (see video above). The film tells the story of an orthodox Jew from Brooklyn who is stranded in the Sinai desert and needs the help of a Muslim there.