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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.
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 BR
Runtime 121 min
Format 35 mm, color, b&w
Dubbed Versions English
Sound Technology Dolby
Festivals Locarno 2000 (Critics' Week)
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern

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