Munich Festival Books Cannes Titles for Competition

Sieranevada 3 - H 2016
Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival

Palme d'Or contenders 'The Salesman,' 'Sieranevada' and 'Aquarius' will all screen at the German summer festival.

The Munich Film Festival has again skimmed the cream of Cannes' crop to pack its own lineup, nabbing several Croisette favorites for its 2016 competition.

Among the Palme d'Or contenders heading to Munich this year are Asghar Farhadi's The Salesman, Aquarius from Brazilian helmer Kleber Mendonca Filho and Cristi Puiu's Sieranevada. The first two were Cannes award winners, with The Salesman's star Shahab Hosseini taking home Cannes' best actor honor and veteran Brazilian performer Sonia Braga winning a best actress honor for her turn in Aquarius.

Munich has also cherry-picked Cannes' sidebars, with such critical favorites as Mohamed Diab's Un Certain Regard title Clash, Pablo Larrain's Directors' Fortnight feature Neruda, starring Gael Garcia Bernal, and Houda Benyamina's Divines, winner of Cannes' best first feature honor, the Camera d'Or, all screening during the 2016 Munich fest, which runs June 23-July 2.

Maren Ade's Toni Erdmann, which was the critical hit of Cannes 2016 despite going home empty-handed on awards night, will open the 2016 Munich Festival. The German comedy stars Peter Simonischek and Sandra Huller.