München - Geheimnisse einer Stadt

  • 120'
  • Germany
  • 2000
This film is not about Munich - even if it does teach us more about the Bavarian capital than we ever felt the need to know. Munich - according to Graf and Althen - doesn't exist. Munich is but a dream projected onto the surface, the skin of a settlement that has grown over the centuries into a city.
It could just as easily be New York, Rotterdam or Djakarta. The details may be different, but the questions and reveries remain the same. The blind narrator could find the buildings and bodies for his stories anywhere. The lovers of the future live in an 'Erewhon' all of their own anyway. Diana Zgubic embodies the girl we see but never chat up in every café, concert hall or football stadium. But who is Diana Zgubic? And do dwellings dream of inhabitants made from bricks?
A Markerian exercise in documentary daydreaming, with Bitomskyian twists and Šubian flourishes. And a key to Graf's filmmaking.

Director
Dominik Graf
Country of production
Germany
Production Year
2000
Festival Edition
IFFR 2013
Length
120'
Medium
35mm
International title
Munich: Secrets of a City
Language
German
Production Company
Bayerischer Rundfunk
Sales
Global Screen GmbH
Screenplay
Dominik Graf, Michael Althen
Cinematography
Martin Farkas
Editor
Rolf Wilhelm
Production Design
Renate Schmaderer
Sound Design
Gunnar Voigt, Max Vornehm
Cast
Arthur Althen, Teresa Althen