The Fabulous Destiny Of A French Comedy In Munich

The French Institute is promoting a German version musical of the French comedy ‘The Fabulous Destiny of Amelie Poulain’

November 28th, 2019
Juliette Toussaint, News from Berlin
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As a city fond of music, Munich has transformed one of its theatres into a Parisian bistro in which the french movie ‘Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain’ has been adapted into a German musical.

Since 1949, the French Institute aims at spreading the French language and culture in Germany, as well as developing intercultural exchanges between both countries. With 70 years of collaboration in the cultural field, the partnership between the Institut français d'Allemagne and the German state represents one of the most productive in the world. The adaptation of the French movie into a German musical is one example of that fruitful relationship.

Several means have been implemented to allow the symbiosis of the two cultures within the work. Firstly, the theatre has been rebuilt and transformed into a Parisian café. In what could now be described as "Munich's biggest café", the audience watches the musical comedy completely immersed in the atmosphere of a typically French place. Then, the music and songs of the musical were composed by Daniel Messé and will mix with the famous melodies of the musician Yann Thiersen, who composed the soundtrack for the film.

Another way which integrates German culture into the story of Amélie Poulain is the use of classical German theatre craftsmanship in the form of puppets. The latter were created by the Bavarian manufacturer Stefan Fichert and they perform on stage as characters seen through the eyes of Amélie.

Through this event and its cultural action in general, the French Institute completes the network of school, university, scientific, economic, political and consular relations between France and Germany, and thus contributes significantly to the diffusion of cultural partnership between both countries.


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