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Munich - Secrets of a City (Muenchen - Geheimnisse einer Stadt)

Munich - Secrets of a City

What do women ticket inspectors dream about? What happens when two men realise they have loved the same woman? What do two boys who want a star's autograph find out? And what does the solar eclipse have to do with it all?

This is a film about Munich. Primarily, however, this is not a film about Munich. This is the fictive portrait of a city. Or the portrait of a fictive city. The city which everyone dreams of. And the dream which is every city. It is all about the way each individual's biography is involved in the story of a city - and how the thousands of stories of a city also amount to something resembling a biography of that city. And the question asked is: What do you see when you take a magnifying glass to the city? And what pattern emerges when you follow the urban bustle?
So the film begins with a child's view of the distant, immense and shapeless unknown, composed of so many names and forms, concealing strange promises. And it ends with the dead eyes of a blind man, to whom nothing but memories remain.

Munich - Secrets of a City is an essay about life in cities, a mosaic made up of stories, longings and dreams, and a declaration of love to Munich - and to all other cities.

Dominik Graf was born in 1952 in Munich. After studying German and Musical Sciences, he studied at the University of Television & Film in Munich in 1974. He received the Bavarian Film Award for his graduation film DER KOSTBARE GAST (1979). He has played a decisive role in developing the profile of the TV series DER FAHNDER and has alternated regularly between film and TV productions. In 1988, he received a German Film Award for his thriller DIE KATZE (1987). His film SPIELER (1990) was shown at Venice in 1990 and he is a regular to the Berlinale where the premieres of his successful feature films A MAP OF THE HEART (2001), THE RED COCKATOO (2005), DREILEBEN – DON’T FOLLOW ME AROUND (2011) took place. His other films include: TIGER, LÖWE, PANTHER (1988), THE INVINCIBLES (1994), FRAU BU LACHT (TV, 1995), MUNICH –SECRETS OF A CITY (doc, 2000), HOTTE IM PARADIES (TV, 2002), EINE STADT WIRD ERPRESST (2006), DER WEG, DEN WIR NICHT ZUSAMMEN GEHEN (2008), IN THE FACE OF CRIME (2010) and BELOVED SISTERS (2014).

Michael Althen was born in 1962 in Munich. He is a renowned film critic and editor of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and has written books about Rock Hudson, Robert Mitchum and Dean Martin. His films include: Das Kino bittet zu Tisch - Essen im Film (1995), Das Wispern im Berg der Dinge and Munich - Secrets of a City (Muenchen - Geheimnisse einer Stadt, 2000, both in co-direction with Dominik Graf), and Eye to Eye - All About German Film (Auge in Auge - Eine deutsche Geschichte, 2008, in co-direction with Hans Helmut Prinzler).
Genre Art, Fantasy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2000
Directors Dominik Graf, Michael Althen
Screenplay Dominik Graf, Michael Althen
Cinematography Martin Farkas
Rolf Wilhelm
Dominik Graf, Helmut Spanner
Cast Jeanette Hain, Tim Bergmann, Annette von Klier, Corinna Groezinger, Sandra Hediard
Producer Roland Mesmer
Production Company Rome Film/Munich, in co-production with Bayerischer Rundfunk
Length 121 min
Format 35 mm, color, b&w
Dubbed Versions English
Original Version
Sound Technology Dolby
Festivals Locarno 2000 (Critics' Week)
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern

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