The story behind the opening night movie at Manchester Film Festival

On 7 March at 7pm, the lights will go down and the curtains will part at Odeon Great Northern to signal the start of Manchester Film Festival 2020

The event has been a fixture in our great city for six years, and during that time, MANIFF has become renowned for quality, diversity and opportunity.

However, it has also earned cult status among audiences for its niche in German movies.

MANIFF attracts high numbers of Deutsch film lovers every year - perhaps more than any other UK festival. And, in celebration of this unique appeal, a German movie will be kickstarting the entire edition of MANIFF this year... with five additional films screening as part of a German-dedicated showcase "Das Kino".


Launching MANIFF is the highly-anticipated Traumfabrik - a romantic drama that sees two lovers separated by the construction of the Berlin Wall.

MANIFF's Head of Programming, Al Bailey, said that everyone at the festival is hugely excited about the opening movie - a cineliterate work which has been called a love letter to East Germany’s famed DEFA film studios.

Four additional movies will then follow in the footsteps of Traumfabrik (which is tipped to lure a large, diverse crowd to its UK premiere and following Q&A) as part of Das Kino.

The showcase will feature '100 Things' (a comedy that sees two pals give up their belongings for 100 days) and Berlin-based crime kidnap story 'Sweethearts'.

Also screening is 'Cold Feet' - a tale of a thief breaking into the home of a wealthy man in need of medical care - and 'Kids Run', which depicts a desperate father entering a boxing tournament to settle child support debts.


For more information on the electrifying opening night and magnificent Das Kino film showcase, head over to the official page on the MANIFF website.

Tickets and passes are available online right now.

Head over to the official selection page to find out more about the films being screened for the very first time in our own backyard.

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