Munich Fest Unveils Lineup, Including 'Dope' and 'Tale of Tales'

'Dope' (June 19)

Malcom (Shameik Moore) gets bullied at school for being into "shit white people like" – ‘90s hip hop, dirt bikes and good grades. But the geeky kid focused on his college applications gets his chance to become "dope" when he gets invited to a cool underground party. Writer-Director Rick Famuyiwa’s (Our Family Wedding) fourth film walks a tonal tightrope that mixes madcap comedy and gun violence with a plot twist that involves a backpack full of drugs. The inner city coming-of-age story, which THR’s Boyd Van Hoeij calls a "crowd-pleaser from start to finish" sold to Open Road at Sundance for $7 million with a $15 million P&A minimum, as a number of distributors saw the film as having breakout potential.

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Actor Rupert Everett and director Jean-Jacques Annaud will receive lifetime achievement awards in Munich this year.

Several of this year's festival highlights — including Matteo Garrone's Tale of Tales, Asif Kapadia's Amy Winehouse documentary Amy from Cannes, Rick Famuyiwa's Dope and Alex Gibney's Scientology expose Going Clear from Sundance — will be getting a second go-around at the Munich International Film Festival, which runs June 25-July 4. 

David Oelhoffen's Far from Men, an Algerian period drama starring Viggo Mortensen that premiered in Venice last year, will open the 2015 Munich festival. Other highlights include Anders Thomas Jensen's Men & Chicken, a Danish comedy starring Mads Mikkelsen from TV's Hannibal; and Julian Jarrold's A Royal Night Out, a romantic thriller set in 1945 starring Sarah Gadon, Bel Powley, Emily Watson and Rupert Everett, both of which will have their international premiere in Munich.

Everett will also receive a lifetime achievement honor, the CineMerit Award, in Munich for his work.

French director Jean-Jacques Annaud, whose latest, Wolf Totem, will screen in Munich, will be similarly honored, and the festival will show a selection of films from various stages in both men's careers.

Munich this year will also screen homages to directors Alexander Payne and Andy Warhol.

Among the German titles premiering in Munich this year, those generating the strongest buzz include Dietrich Bruggemann's Heil, a satire set in the modern-day neo-Nazi scene; and Boy 7 from director Ozgur Yildirim, an amnesia thriller starring David Kross (The Reader) as a man who wakes up in a tunnel with no idea who he is or why his life is in danger.

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