Jean-Pierre Jeunet's 'The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet' to Open Munich Fest

The 3D family drama, based on the Reif Larsen novel, stars Kyle Catlett and Helena Bonham Carter.

French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet will open this year's Munich International Film Festival with his latest, The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet.

Jeunet last opened the Munich Festival in 2001 with his global hit Amelie. His new film, adapted from the novel of the same name by Reif Larsen, stars Kyle Catlett as the 10-year-old cartographer of the film's title who leaves his eccentric family in Montana to secretly travel by freight train to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute.

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The film premiered last year in San Sebastian at the festival's closing night gala and has been released theatrically in several European territories. It's opening night bow in Munich on June 27 will be the German premiere. The Weinstein Co. has U.S. rights.

Other highlights of this year's Munich Festival include a retrospective of the work of 1980s cult director Walter Hill (The Warriors, 48 Hours) and a tribute to German filmmaker Willy Bogner, the groundbreaking cinematographer who shot the unforgettable alpine ski-chase scenes in four James Bond films.

The 2014 Munich International Film Festival runs June 27-July 5.