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How does a Japanese anime robot end up in a remote corner of Spain? And how does it get back to Tokyo? In the late 1970s, real-estate developers erected a statue of a popular mecha-character as an attraction for a new suburb that was ultimately never built. MY NAME IS KOJI takes its start from this ruin of commercial failure - at first almost as a documentary, but then bringing it to life, letting it take flight through the magic of cinema. With an abundance of wit and sharp timing, David Muñoz tells an intercultural story about the triumph of imagination and passion - and the willingness to really engage with other cultures. The film re-infected us with the boundless enthusiasm that made us all into fans of genre cinema in the first place.
A play about superstition and fear of the devil, heavy with foreboding and full of mythic impressions of nature: With powerful atmosphere, LA BÊTE put us under the spell of an archaic world in which there is still truest, deepest darkness - and only one who has never known the light has the courage to confront it.
Dr. Harald Steinwender
Harald Steinwender, MA, DPhil. Journalist and author. Various contributions to film magazines, books on film history and European cinema. Main research interests: history of the Italian cinema, European co-productions and genre cinema. Doctoral dissertation on the Italian director Sergio Leone with the publication title "Sergio Leone – Es war einmal in Europa" (Berlin: Bertz+Fischer, 2. Aufl. 2012). Co-Editor of Books on „Transnationale Medienlandschaften“ (Springer VS, 2017) and „Politiken des Populären“ (Springer VS, 2019). Since 2010 working for the film department of Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) in Munich; from 2016 to 2018 as TV programmer for 3sat/BR, since 2018 for BR Fernsehen. Contributions as co-producer/Commissioning editor: „Alles Inklusive“ (2014; Cinema); „Mitten in Deutschland: NSU – Die Ermittler: Nur für den Dienstgebrauch“ (2016; TV), part 3 of „Mitten in Deutschland: NSU“ (international title: „German History X“), „Der NSU-Komplex“ (2016; TV-Documentary), „Kirschblüten und Dämonen“ (2019, Cinema), „Und morgen die ganze Welt“ (2019, Cinema; upcoming).
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Born in 1969 in Munich, Thomas Willmann holds a master's degree in musicology. He has been working as a freelance journalist, film and music critic, and translator for a variety of publications. Ever since his childhood days, he has a passion for cinema - still fueled by frequent visits to the Munich Filmmuseum and the legendary Werkstattkino. He has a particular fondness for westerns set in winter and snow. And this sub-genre, mixed with the works of Bavarian 19th century author Ludwig Ganghofer, was also the main influence for his debut novel "Das finstere Tal", published in 2010 and since translated into French and Dutch. The book found its way to the big screen in 2014, in an adaptation by director Andreas Prochaska, starring Sam Riley, Paula Beer and Tobias Moretti. "The dark valley" (the movie's English title) won numerous prizes - among them eight German, eight Austrian and two European Film Awards. Thomas Willmann continues to write movie reviews and film criticism for the daily newspaper Münchner Merkur and artechock, one of the longest-running online film magazines - where he collaborates with Anna Edelmann on "Edelmann & Willmann sind sich einig" ("E. & W. agree").
Stefan Schimek has been working as a freelancer for several German film distributors for over 12 years. His clients are predominantly independent labels focusing on international genre fare, such as Koch Films, Capelight Pictures and Camera Obscura. In late 2010, he joined the team at Zebra Kino in Konstanz, a movie theater at the German-Swiss border, organized, programmed and run for the most part by volunteers. After curating and coordinating Zebra's monthly "Moonlight Madness" double features for the first few years, he served as member of the board at Zebra Kino from 2014 to 2018. In 2015, he founded SHIVERS Film Festival together with the other members of "Moonlight Madness" team, the first of its kind in the Lake Constance region with its focus on international genre cinema. The inaugural edition took place in November 2015 at Zebra Kino. Since then, SHIVERS has become a household name in the German genre film festival landscape. As the festival's director, he's been responsible for the overall coordination and programming of SHIVERS. He's also a member of the program advisory board at German theatrical distributor CINEMA OBSCURE as well as contributing writer at the Canadian film page Screen Anarchy.