The 11th annual Berlin & Beyond Film Festival showcases films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
As we begin the festival’s second decade, we are pleased to once again bring you some of past years’ best German language films from established as well as new directors. Our guest of honor this year is Michael Verhoeven, director of THE NASTY GIRL and THE WHITE ROSE, both of which will be screened at the festival.The festival will open with Marc Rothemund’s award winning SOPHIE SCHOLL – THE FINAL DAYS, a film about a courageous young woman who, together with her brother and a group of students tried to build an anti-Nazi resistance movement. The film introduced a theme that is explored in Michael Verhoeven’s films as well as in this year’s panel discussion.
OPENING NIGHT PARTY at 6:30pm CASTRO
and FILM THURSDAY JANUARY 12 at 8pm CASTRO
Munich, 1943. As Hitler wages a devastating war in Europe, a group of young men, mostly university students, choose passive resistance as their way to cripple the Nazis and their inhuman war machine. Sophie Scholl joins TheWhite Rose, as the group came to be known, as an innocent young woman who matures into a committed and fearless anti-Nazi. On 18 February 1943, Sophie and her brother Hans are caught distributing leaflets at the university and arrested. Over the next few days, Sophie’s interrogation by the Gestapo officer Mohr evolves into an intense psychological duel. She lies and denies, schemes and lays down arms only to regroup and resist with greater determination. Unable to counter the crushing evidence, she confesses, but desperately tries to protect her brother and other White Rose members. Moved by Sophie’s uncommon bravery, Mohr offers her a way out – but at the price of betraying her ideals. She refuses, sealing her fate. - Jentsch’s performance of a lifetime won her several prestigious awards.