CA – From Feb 7-13, 2020: The 24th Berlin & Beyond Film Festival at Goethe-Institut SF

A highly anticipated date on the Bay Area cultural calendar: The 24th Berlin & Beyond Film Festival is the largest and leading festival of contemporary German cinema in the Americas, happening February 7-13, 2020. Presented by the Goethe-Institut San Francisco, the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival will roll out the red carpet for a star-studded delegation and the best films from German-speaking countries. Featuring the North American Premiere of “What Might Have Been” starring Christiane Paul and Ronald Zehrfeld on Opening Night.


Feb. 7-9: Castro Theatre, San Francisco
Feb. 10: Landmark’s Shattuck Cinema, Berkeley
Feb. 11: Vogue Theatre, San Francisco
Feb. 12-13: Goethe-Institut San Francisco


Opening Night Film:
What Might Have Been (Was gewesen wäre)
Dir. Florian Koerner von Gustorf
On a weekend trip to Budapest with her boyfriend, Astrid, who is in her late 40s, runs into her first love. 89 min. North American Premiere.
Feb. 7 6:30 PM Castro Theatre
Feb. 10 4:30 PM Shattuck Cinemas

Centerpiece Film:
The Collini Case (Der Fall Collini)
Dir. Marco Kreuzpaintner
An attorney appointed by the court to defend a suspect in a spectacular murder case unearths a legal scandal that stretches back to the aftermath of Nazi Germany. 123 min. West Coast Premiere.
Feb. 8 7:15 PM Castro Theatre
Feb. 10 6:45 PM Shattuck Cinemas

Castro Closing Night Film:
Gipsy Queen
Dir. Hüseyin Tabak
Ali, a courageous woman and single mother of two kids, works with the trainer and owner of a rundown boxing club in order to provide for her family. 118 min. Northern California Premiere.
Feb. 9 8:00 PM Castro Theatre

Special Presentation:
Dir. Jan-Ole Gerster
It’s Lara’s 60th birthday, and this very evening, her son will give his debut piano concert. Lara mapped out his musical career, but is not welcome at his debut. Even if she tries to mend the broken pieces, everything gets out of control. 98 min. Northern California Premiere.
Feb. 9 5:45 PM Castro Theatre
Feb. 10 9:15 PM Shattuck Cinemas


Date: Fri, 02/07/2020 – Thu, 02/13/2020

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