The program of the 20th Filmfestival Münster

Inspiring, stirring, entertaining: The program of the 20th Filmfestival Münster is set. Ticket sales start today.

The program for the 20th edition of the Filmfestival Münster is now complete, just in time for the start of advance sales: Es brennt, starring Kida Khodr Ramadan, opens the 20th edition of the festival. Actor Nicolas Garin will personally introduce the film, which deals with everyday racism in Germany, at the festival cinema Schloßtheater Münster on September 22. As with the other competition entries, Gian-Philip Andreas will be the moderator.

Other films in the European Feature Film Competition – there are eight entries in total – include Empty Nets by Behrooz Karamizade and Nos Cérémonies by Frenchman Simon Rieth, which won Best Film at the 2022 Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival. The Filmfestival Münster will screen it in the presence of the director and the two main actors Raymond and Simon Baur.

Thekla Reuten in NARCOSIS von Martijn de Jong (c) Coccinelle film sales

Thekla Reuten in NARCOSIS by Martijn de Jong (c) Coccinelle film sales

As with the European Feature Film Competition, the festival’s country focus, dedicated to films from the Netherlands, features exclusively directorial debuts. Three selected feature films provide an insight into the diverse and expressive film landscape of the neighboring country. Among them are this year’s Dutch Oscar entry, Narcosis (director: Martijn de Jong), which will celebrate its German premiere at the festival with a Q&A with leading actress Thekla Reuten, the relationship comedy Goodbye Stranger (director: Aaron Rookus) and the Berlinale crowdpleaser Kiddo (director: Zara Dwinger).

“We are delighted that, thanks to decades of close cooperation with our colleagues from the Netherlands, we are able to offer the best films of our neighbors a stage in Germany as well. This way, this country focus with films from the Netherlands, which is unique in Germany, could become a fixed part of the Filmfestival Münster,” says festival director Carsten Happe.

Another special feature of the Filmfestival Münster is the Nightwatch section, which in 2023 will be dedicated to the Italian giallo film of the 1970s in a retrospective. This genre, characterized by striking camerawork, lighting and editing techniques, remains a seminal inspiration for directors worldwide. The films A Lizard In A Woman’s Skin (directed by Lucio Fulci), Malastrana (directed by Aldo Lado) and Profondo Rosso (directed by Dario Argento) will be shown in the original version with English subtitles.

Fifty-six carefully selected films will compete against each other in the European First Feature Film Competition, the European Short Film Competition or the Westfalen Connection, representing the diversity of the European film landscape.

The Filmfestival Münster will take place from September 22 to October 1 at the Schloßtheater Münster.

Advance booking starts today: