Berlin & Beyond Turns 25
For the past 25 years, the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival has become the largest festival of German cinema in the Americas, by both audience size and programming scope. 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. 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. The festival's diverse programming captures dynamic stories that connect global and societal conversations, timely topics, insightful ideas, inspiring entertainment, and courageous cinematic art.
A festival of international cinema, over 500 films, produced in over 30 different countries, have screened at Berlin & Beyond, to over 200,000 attendees. It has 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, Michael Verhoeven, Simon Verhoeven, Wim Wenders and Ronald Zehrfeld. Many films screened are special premieres with renowned actors and directors, appearing in person. Each year, as several films are without US release plans, the chance to see them has provided the Berlin & Beyond audience exclusive opportunities.
BERLIN & BEYOND presents independent films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland and is one of the most important festival of German-language film festivals in the United States.
Since 1996, the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival has been the leading festival of contemporary German cinema in the Americas, and has presented over 500 motion pictures, along with the presence of celebrated film figures, including Fatih Akin, Moritz Bleibtreu, Daniel Brühl, Lars Eidinger, Hannelore Elsner, Florian David Fitz, Bruno Ganz, Werner Herzog, Frederick Lau, Maria Schrader, Barbara Sukowa, and Wim Wenders. Including seasonal programming, Berlin & Beyond receives a combined attendance of over 11,000 people annually.
The Goethe-Institut is Germany's official cultural center comprised of 157 institutes in 98 countries. The Goethe-Institut exists to promote art and films from Germany, the study of the German language, and encourage the international cultural exchange with Germany. Having celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2017, the San Francisco branch has been promoting German culture and language since 1967. Its year-round cultural activities include art exhibitions, film screenings, and special events with local cultural institutions. - https://www.goethe.de/ins/us/en/sta/sfr.html