23rd Berlin & Beyond Highlights the Best of German Film
06 Mar, 2019
The 23rd Berlin & Beyond Film Festival is upon us beginning with Opening Night on March 8th running through March 14, 2019. The first weekend of the festival will take place at the historic Castro Theatre in San Francisco, California, with red carpet premieres and actors and filmmakers in attendance. The festival continues on March 11th with encores at Landmark Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley and screenings at the auditorium of the Goethe-Institut in Downtown San Francisco form March 12th – 14th. Opening Night features the international premiere of “25 km/h” directed by Markus Goller, a film about brothers Christian (43) and Georg (45) who haven’t seen each other for 20 years. Initially, the distance and silence continues, but following a booze-filled wake, the tension between the two siblings eases and they drunkenly make the decision to embark on an adventurous old boyhood dream of driving across Germany on their mopeds. The film stars Lars Eidinger, Bjarne Madel, Sandra Huelle, Alexandra Maria Lara and Franka Potente.
Actor Bjarne Mädel in person, and will be honored with the 2019 Berlin & Beyond Film Festival Spotlight Award in Acting.
The festival features the Centerpiece film “The Silent Revolution” directed by Lars Kraume, which will make its San Francisco premiere. The movie centers around a group of 12-grade students to show their solidarity with the victims of the 1956 Hungarian uprising as they stage two minutes of silence during lessons. The film stars Leonard Scheicher, Tom Garmenz, Lena Klenke, Isaiah Michalske and Joan Dassler.
The Closing Night Film at the Castro Theatre showcases the San Francisco premiere of “The Bra” directed by Veit Helmer. Train driver Nurlan is heading back to Baku for the final time before he retires. And as he passes through the neighborhoods of the city, his train snags a blue bra off a washing line. In order to escape from his loneliness, Nurlan embarks on a wild journey to find the owner of the this perky piece of underwear.
Since 1996, Berlin & Beyond Film Festival has been the leading festival of of contemporary German cinema in the Americas, and has presented over 500 motion pictures, along with the presence of celebrated film figures, including Faith Akin, Moritz Bleibtreu, Daniel Bruhl, Lars Eidinger, Hannelore Elsner, Florian David Fitz, Bruno Ganz, Werner Herzog, Frederick Lau, Maria Schrader, Barbara Sukowa, and Wim Wenders. Including seasonal programming, Berlin & Beyond receives a combined attendance of over 12,000 people annually.
See the full program.