Berlin & Beyond Film Festival to Kick off on March 23 in San Francisco

The 27th Berlin & Beyond Film Festival will take place March 23-25, 2023 at the historic Roxie Theater in San Francisco’s Mission District and on March 26th in the East Bay (venue to be announced).

We are honored and thrilled,” said Festival Director Sophoan Sorn, “to bring to our beloved audience a richly diverse, impactful, and thought-provoking program, including: the spellbinding, call-to-action environmental sci-fi “Everything Will Change” from Marten Persiel (“This Ain’t California”) on Opening Night; the US Premiere of “Family Affairs,” Sönke Wortmann’s equally caustic sequel to “How About Adolf?”; the US Premiere of Fatih Akin’s newest epic, the biopic “Rhinegold” about Xatar’s life journey; the wondrous world and mind of “Werner Herzog – Radical Dreamer”; Barbara Kulcsar’s post-retirement relationship comedy “Golden Years” from Switzerland; Maggie Peren’s audacious heroic true story, “The Forger”; Andreas Dresen’s drama about a mother’s love defying all odds in “Rabiye Kurnaz vs. George W. Bush” and many more.”

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In the local arts community, it is a highly anticipated film event in San Francisco. Berlin & Beyond was founded in 1996, within the globally minded mission of the Goethe-Institut San Francisco, which has been promoting German culture and language since 1967. Both the institute and the film festival continuously build on the long-standing relationships and partnerships with community, civic, and business partners and sponsors – and the audience.

The festival is an annual tradition for San Francisco, and has been a gateway for the American public to experience the diversity, history and progress of German-speaking countries; while celebrating the universal spirit and vision of filmmakers from this global region.

Red Carpet International Film Festival

We have welcomed many celebrated filmmakers and screen talents, including Mario Adorf, Fatih Akin, Moritz Bleibtreu, Daniel Brühl, Doris Dörrie, Andreas Dresen, Lars Eidinger, Hannelore Elsner, Bruno Ganz, Juliane Köhler, Frederick Lau, Christiane Paul, Maria Schrader, Tom Schilling, Barbara Sukowa, Dan Stevens, Michael Verhoeven, Simon Verhoeven, Wim Wenders and Ronald Zehrfeld.

Since its inauguration in 1996, the main venue of the festival was mostly the Castro Theatre, San Francisco’s famous movie palace, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2022.

Our Mission

Berlin & Beyond strives to be an open public forum that highlights the diversity, progress, and trends from the current cinematic landscapes of German-speaking countries. Our diverse programming captures dynamic stories that connect global and societal conversations, timely topics, insightful ideas, inspiring entertainment, and courageous cinematic art.