SoCal: Berlin & Beyond Autumn Showcase: “Afire” Nov. 8, 2023

The Berlin & Beyond Film Festival, presented by the Goethe-Institut San Francisco, launches its 28th Season with the 8th edition of the Berlin & Beyond Autumn Showcase on November 7th at San Francisco’s Vogue Theatre and November 8th at Rialto Cinemas in El Cerrito.

The festival will open with the riveting classroom drama, The Teachers’ Lounge (Das Lehrerzimmer), Germany’s Academy Award® submission for Best International Feature. The Teachers’ Lounge won five German Film Awards, including Best Picture (Gold).

Tickets are Sold-Out/At-Rush: A rush line will form starting at 5:15 PM. If there are any available seats, we will start selling around 6:10 PM-6:20 PM.

While vacationing by the Baltic Sea, writer Leon (Thomas Schubert) and photographer Felix (Langston Uibel) are surprised by the presence of Nadja (Paula Beer), a mysterious young woman staying as a guest at Felix’s family’s holiday home. Nadja distracts Leon from finishing his latest novel and with brutal honesty, forces him to confront his caustic temperament and self-absorption. As Nadja and Leon grow closer, an encroaching forest fire threatens the group and tensions escalate when a handsome lifeguard and Leon’s tight-lipped book editor also arrive. Christian Petzold’s acclaimed latest was the winner of the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. A Janus Films and Sideshow release.

Rialto Cinemas Cerrito, 10070 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530
Nov. 8 at 6.00 PM

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