'Misfortunates' to close Munich Film Fest

Winner of Prix Art et Essai award at Cannes

BERLIN -- Belgian black comedy "The Misfortunates" by director Felix van Groeningen will close this year's Munich International Film Festival (June 26 – July 4).

The film premiered in Cannes in the Director's Fortnight section where it won the Prix Art et Essai award. The cast turned heads on the Croisette by cycling nude through central Cannes to promote the movie.

Other Cannes entries heading to Munich this year include Andrea Arnold's "Fish Tank," Pedro Almodovar's "Broken Embraces" and Golden Camera winner "Samson and Deliah."

Palme d'Or winner "The White Ribbon" will have a special screening in Munich July 3 in honor of director Michael Haneke, who will receive the festival's CineMerit lifetime achievement award.

Other highlights at this year's Munich Fest include Steven Soderbergh's "The Girlfriend Experience" starring porn performer Sasha Grey, Michael Mann's "Public Enemies" and "The Hurt Locker" from Kathryn Bigelow.

Munich's opening film has yet to be announced.
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