THURSDAY, JAN 29
LUFTHANSA OPENING NIGHT FILM: TO LIFE! 6:30
US Premiere (86 mins. 2014. Germany) Dir. Uwe Janson. In person: Hannelore Elsner (actress).
West Coast Premiere (95 mins. 2014. Germany) Dir. Maximilian Erlenwein
FRIDAY, JAN 30
YOUTH 4 GERMAN CINEMA WINNER: RUN BOY RUN 10:00am
(107 mins. 2014. Germany, France) Dir. Pepe Danquart (in person)
California Premiere (98 mins. 2014. Austria) Dir. Sudabeh Mortezai
MY SISTERS 4:00
US Premiere (88 mins. 2013. Germany) Dir. Lars Kraume
SPOTLIGHT: INBETWEEN WORLDS 6:30
North American Premiere (103 mins. 2014. Germany. Filmed in Afghanistan) Dir. Feo Aladag. In person: Ronald Zehrfeld (actor)
THE KINGS SURRENDER 9:15
West Coast Premiere (104 mins. 2014. Germany) Dir. Philipp Leinemann and Actor Ronald Zehrfeld (both in person).
SATURDAY, JAN 31
North American Premiere (109 mins. 2013. Austria, Germany) Dir. Erwin Wagenhofer
THIS LOVELY SHITTY LIFE 1:00
SF Premiere (86 mins. 2014. Germany. Filmed in Mexico) Dir. Doris Dörrie (in person)
I AM THE KEEPER 4:00
North American Premiere (92 mins. 2014. Switzerland) Dir. Sabine Boss (in person)
CENTERPIECE: EXIT MARRAKECH 7:00
California Premiere (122 mins. 2013. Germany. Filmed in Morocco) Dir. Caroline Link
LATE SHOW: THE DARK VALLEY 10:00
(114 mins. 2014. Austria, Germany) Dir. Andreas Prochaska
SUNDAY, FEB 1
BELTRACCHI - THE ART OF FORGERY 11:00am
NorCal Premiere (90 mins. 2013. Germany) Dir. Arne Birkenstock
UNLIKELY HEROES 1:00
NorCal Premiere (94 mins. 2014. Switzerland) Dir. Peter Luisi (in person)
AMOUR FOU 3:30
West Coast Premiere (96 mins. 2014. Austria, Luxembourg, Germany) Dir. Jessica Hausner
BEST CHANCE 6:00
International Premiere (100 mins. 2014. Germany) Dir. Marcus H. Rosenmüller
CASTRO CLOSING NIGHT FILM: THE WHOLE SHEBANG 8:30
California Premiere (124 mins. 2014. Germany) Dir. Doris Dörrie and Actress Hannelore Elsner (both in person)
BERLIN & BEYOND presents independent films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland at the beautiful Castro Theatre. Berlin & Beyond is one of the most important festival of German-language films in the United States.
Goethe-Institut San Francisco presents America's largest festival of new cinema from Germany, Austria and Switzerland at the Castro for the 19th year!
Legendary actress Hannelore Elsner will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at Opening Night's premiere of TO LIFE! and will join veteran German filmmaker Doris Dörrie at Closing Night's sensational THE WHOLE SHEBANG. Berlin & Beyond Spotlight Award honoree, renowned actor Ronald Zehrfeld, will present two latest works: captivating police drama THE KINGS SURRENDER and the Afghanistan-set INBETWEEN WORLDS, the new film from Feo Aladag. Other highlights: Oscar-winner Caroline Link's return to Africa–the father-and-son road drama EXIT MARRAKECH; four-time Swiss Film Prize winner I AM THE KEEPER by Sabine Boss; Austrian auteur Jessica Hausner's AMOUR FOU, inspired by the true story of German poet Heinrich von Kleist; the first international screening of Marcus H. Rosenmüller's BEST CHANCE, the final film in his celebrated Best Trilogy; THE DARK VALLEY, the seven-time German Film Award-winning, Alpine revenge western with British actor Sam Reily speaking German. Join us for four sensational days and nights!