Munich fest to honor Stephen Frears

Screenings will cover director's entire oeuvre

COLOGNE, Germany -- The 2009 Munich Film Festival, which runs June 26-July 4, will honor British director Stephen Frears with a retrospective of his life's work.

Munich will screen Frears' entire oeuvre, from "My Beautiful Laundrette" in 1985 through to his latest, the period romance "Cheri" starring Michelle Pfeiffer.

"Stephen Frears is one of the Europe's most interesting and idiosyncratic filmmakers," Munich festival director Andreas Strohl said. "His name stands as much for small politically and socially engaged films as for Hollywood movies and intelligent entertainment."

The Munich event, Germany's No. 2 film festival after the Berlinale, will announce its full lineup in June. But Strohl did unveil this year's Open Air program, which will include comedy classics "The Blues Brothers," Jacques Tati's "Playtime" and "The Party" from Blake Edwards starring Peter Sellers, all screening under this year's festival motto "passionate destruction."