2012 Munich Filmfest

by Gregory van de Krol | created - 16 Jun 2012 | updated - 18 Apr 2015 | Public

Films I saw or hoped to see at the 2012 International Filmfest in Munich.

The films I loved the most so far:

Mourning La voz dormida (The Sleeping Voice) Shun Li and the Poet The Orator When Pigs Have Wings Policeman

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1. The Ambassador (2011)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

Danish journalist Mads Brügger goes undercover as a Liberian Ambassador to embark on a dangerous yet hysterical journey to uncover the blood diamond trade in Africa.

Director: Mads Brügger | Star: Mads Brügger

Votes: 3,465 | Gross: $0.03M

2. Alois Nebel (2011)

Not Rated | 84 min | Animation, Drama

A train dispatcher encounters a mute stranger who appears out of nowhere, and finds himself mysteriously involved with a murder in Poland.

Director: Tomás Lunák | Stars: Miroslav Krobot, Marie Ludvíková, Karel Roden, Leos Noha

Votes: 1,252

3. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

PG-13 | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

86 Metascore

Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.

Director: Benh Zeitlin | Stars: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly, Lowell Landes

Votes: 75,577 | Gross: $12.80M

4. Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified advertisement seeking a companion for time travel.

Director: Colin Trevorrow | Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, Karan Soni

Votes: 109,038 | Gross: $4.01M

5. Lena (2011)

119 min | Drama

Lena is a lonely, plump adolescent girl. Much to her surprise she gets a relationship with the popular but unreliable Daan. Lena moves in with Daan and his strange father Tom and is willing to do a lot for his love. More than a lot.

Director: Christophe Van Rompaey | Stars: Emma Levie, Niels Gomperts, Jeroen Willems, Agata Buzek

Votes: 471

6. La terre outragée (2011)

108 min | Drama

Chernobyl, 1986, a few hours before the disaster. Piotr and Anya's wedding is interrupted by a fire at the power station.

Director: Michale Boganim | Stars: Olga Kurylenko, Andrzej Chyra, Ilya Iosifov, Sergey Strelnikov

Votes: 628

7. Starbuck (2011)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

49 Metascore

As his lover announces her pregnancy, a fortysomething slacker receives other life-changing news: 142 people, all of them the result of artificial insemination, have filed a class action lawsuit against him, their biological father.

Director: Ken Scott | Stars: Patrick Huard, Julie LeBreton, Antoine Bertrand, Dominic Philie

Votes: 14,709 | Gross: $0.34M

8. Wo 11 (2011)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

71 Metascore

11-year-old Wang lives with his family in a remote village in China. Life is tough, but they make the most of what little they have. When Wang is selected to lead his school's daily ... See full summary »

Director: Xiaoshuai Wang | Stars: Jingchun Wang, Wenqing Liu, Guo Liuxing Zhong, Kexuan Zhang

Votes: 517

9. Tahrir (2011)

91 min | Documentary, News

69 Metascore

From Facebook thumbs up to the battle of stones, a history of hope, fear, despair, anger, pride and elation, the film is the real-time chronicle of the two most exciting weeks in the ... See full summary »

Director: Stefano Savona

Votes: 56

10. Policeman (2011)

Unrated | 105 min | Drama

79 Metascore

A member of an Israeli anti-terrorist unit clashes with a group of young radicals.

Director: Nadav Lapid | Stars: Yiftach Klein, Yaara Pelzig, Michael Moshonov, Menashe Noy

Votes: 708 | Gross: $0.01M

11. O le tulafale (2011)

110 min | Drama

Saili, an unassuming villager & taro farmer, lives happily with his beautiful wife Vaaiga and her teenage daughter Litia. Their existence, whilst happy and peaceful; is unconventional. ... See full summary »

Director: Tusi Tamasese | Stars: Fa'afiaula Sanote, Tausili Pushparaj, Salamasina Mataia, Ioata Tanielu

Votes: 280

12. Holy Motors (2012)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Fantasy

84 Metascore

From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the shadowy life of a mystic man named Monsieur Oscar.

Director: Leos Carax | Stars: Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Eva Mendes, Kylie Minogue

Votes: 34,803

13. L'ordre et la morale (2011)

136 min | Action, Drama, History

Dissidents in a French colony attack a police station and take hostages.

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz | Stars: Mathieu Kassovitz, Iabe Lapacas, Malik Zidi, Alexandre Steiger

Votes: 2,288

14. Shapito-shou: Lyubov i druzhba (2011)

107 min | Comedy, Musical

It is a movie-riddle, a movie-joke, a movie-labyrinth. 4 parts and 4 travels to the sea, 4 crossed short stories: Love, Friendship, Respect and Cooperation. Heroes of each of the short ... See full summary »

Director: Sergey Loban | Stars: Jim Avignon, Stas Baretskiy, Dmitriy Bogdan, Stepan Devonin

Votes: 1,102

15. El Gusto (2011)

88 min | Documentary

EL GUSTO is the story of an orchestra of Jewish and Muslim musicians torn apart by war 50 years ago, and recently reunited for an exceptional concert. These musicians share a passion they never lost: the soul of Algiers, Chaabi music.

Director: Safinez Bousbia

Votes: 138

16. When Pigs Have Wings (2011)

98 min | Comedy

After a tempest, fishermen do not find only fish in their nets. That is what happens to Jafaar, a poor fisherman who lives poorly in Gaza. And what he hauls in is really upsetting : imagine... See full summary »

Director: Sylvain Estibal | Stars: Sasson Gabai, Baya Belal, Myriam Tekaïa, Gassan Abbas

Votes: 2,693

17. Io sono Li (2011)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama

A study of the friendship between a Chinese woman and a fisherman who came to Italy from Yugoslavia many years ago, who live in a small city-island in the Veneto lagoon.

Director: Andrea Segre | Stars: Tao Zhao, Rade Serbedzija, Marco Paolini, Roberto Citran

Votes: 1,488

18. La voz dormida (2011)

128 min | Drama, War

Madrid, post-Spanish Civil War. Sisters Hortensia and Pepita are involved with an underground guerrilla movement. Hortensia is captured and forced to deliver her baby in jail. Pepita tries ... See full summary »

Director: Benito Zambrano | Stars: Inma Cuesta, María León, Marc Clotet, Daniel Holguín

Votes: 1,859

19. Svartur á leik (2012)

R | 104 min | Crime, Thriller

After being reacquainted with a childhood friend Stebbi joins the drug trade world in order to pay off his debt. Inspired by actual events.

Director: Óskar Thór Axelsson | Stars: Thor Kristjansson, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Damon Younger, María Birta

Votes: 3,771

20. Tou ze (2011)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama

78 Metascore

After suffering a stroke, an altruistic maid announces that she wants to quit her job and move into an old people's home.

Director: Ann Hui | Stars: Andy Lau, Deannie Ip, Hailu Qin, Fuli Wang

Votes: 4,582 | Gross: $0.19M

22. Soog (2011)

85 min | Drama

A violent quarrel breaks out between a couple at midnight. Being at a relative,s house in the north of Iran, they depart for Tehran in the middle of the night, but they do not bring along ... See full summary »

Director: Morteza Farshbaf | Stars: Kiomars Giti, Sharareh Pasha, Amir Hossein Maleki, Sahar Dolatshahi

Votes: 252

23. Rust and Bone (2012)

R | 120 min | Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

Put in charge of his young son, Alain leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Alain's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.

Director: Jacques Audiard | Stars: Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Armand Verdure, Céline Sallette

Votes: 56,179 | Gross: $2.06M

24. Unconditional (II) (2012)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, Thriller

An unconventional romance about teenage twins Owen and Kristen who both fall under the sway of a charismatic young loan shark offering money - on one condition.

Director: Bryn Higgins | Stars: Christian Cooke, Harry McEntire, Madeleine Clark, Melanie Hill

Votes: 600

25. Z daleka widok jest piekny (2011)

77 min | Drama

A secluded Polish village is the setting for a love story between a scrapper and a young woman. Seen through the monotony of everyday life, the film depicts the hardships of a rural ... See full summary »

Directors: Anna Sasnal, Wilhelm Sasnal | Stars: Marcin Czarnik, Piotr Nowak, Elzbieta Okupska, Jerzy Lapinski

Votes: 104

26. Din dragoste cu cele mai bune intentii (2011)

105 min | Drama

Alex, in his mid-thirties, is a quite neurotic character. When his mother is hospitalized with a stroke, the caring son's life gets out of track. At the hospital he finds himself in a ... See full summary »

Director: Adrian Sitaru | Stars: Bogdan Dumitrache, Natasa Raab, Marian Rálea, Alina Grigore

Votes: 450

27. Villegas (2012)

99 min | Drama

After a long time without seeing each other, two cousins, Esteban and Pipa, have to drive together to their grand-father's funeral in Villegas, small inland town where they grew up together... See full summary »

Director: Gonzalo Tobal | Stars: Esteban Lamothe, Esteban Bigliardi, Mauricio Minetti, Paula Carruega

Votes: 105

28. Sentados frente al fuego (2011)

TV-14 | 95 min | Drama, Romance

Daniel y Alejandra están cerca de sus cuarenta y ahora se embarcan en una aventura: probar suerte en el campo. Pero Alejandra sufre de una seria enfermedad que pondrá a prueba de fuego muchas cosas.

Director: Alejandro Fernández Almendras | Stars: Daniel Muñoz, Alejandra Yañez, Daniel Candia, Tichi Lobos

Votes: 30

29. Verano (2011)

95 min | Comedy, Drama

During one hot summer day, little things happen to the visitors and workers of an old thermal resort in southern Chile. Julieta, Francisco, Isa, Rodrigo, Ignacio, Mariana, Muriel, Gabriela,... See full summary »

Director: José Luis Torres Leiva | Stars: Rosario Bléfari, Julieta Figueroa, Francisco Ossa, Ignacio Agüero

Votes: 42

31. La pirogue (2012)

87 min | Drama

74 Metascore

A group of African men leave Senegal in a pirogue captained by a local fisherman to undertake the treacherous crossing of the Atlantic to Spain where they believe better lives and prospects are waiting for them.

Director: Moussa Touré | Stars: Souleymane Seye Ndiaye, Laïty Fall, Malaminé 'Yalenguen' Dramé, Balla Diarra

Votes: 331

32. A Febre do Rato (2011)

110 min | Drama

Rat Fever is the alcohol-drenched story of an unrequited love. The poet Zizo, a pure-bred anarchist, is lost as soon as he meets the sober Eneida. She doesn't mind being his muse, but she ... See full summary »

Director: Cláudio Assis | Stars: Irandhir Santos, Juliano Cazarré, Matheus Nachtergaele, Tânia Granussi

Votes: 775

33. Sudoeste (2011)

128 min | Drama

In a Brazilian coastal village where everything seems motionless, Clarice grasps her life in a single day, unlike those she meets and who are living this day like any other. She tries to ... See full summary »

Director: Eduardo Nunes | Stars: Julio Adrião, Regina Bastos, Raquel Bonfante, Mariana Lima

Votes: 251

34. Tae peang phu deaw (2011)

98 min | Drama

Lek and Kong work side by side at the shopping mall. Lek is a lonely locksmith, and Kong is an aspiring writer. When Kong comes up with a plan to put Leks lock picking skills to good use, ... See full synopsis »

Director: Kongdej Jaturanrasamee | Stars: Margot Chung, Weerasak Glunrawd, Nastnathakit Intarasut, Kaneungnich Jaksamithanon

Votes: 160

35. En el nombre de la hija (2011)

108 min | Comedy, Drama

Manuela has been brought up by her beloved father, a communist and an atheist. When she spends her vacation in her grandmother's catholic-conservative farmhouse it leads to an inevitable ... See full summary »

Director: Tania Hermida | Stars: Eva Mayu Mecham Benavides, Markus Mecham Benavides, Martina León, Sebastián Hormachea

Votes: 93

36. Saudâji (I) (2011)

167 min | Comedy, Drama

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Director: Katsuya Tomita | Stars: Ayano, Chie Kudô, Chika Kumada, Shinji Miyadai

Votes: 82

37. Der Verdingbub (2011)

107 min | Drama

A Swiss-German rural peasant family takes Max, a crude 15-year-old boy, into a foster situation of constant bullying. Soon, a foster girl is added to the mix.

Director: Markus Imboden | Stars: Katja Riemann, Stefan Kurt, Maximilian Simonischek, Max Hubacher

Votes: 1,104