About Berlin & Beyond


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22nd Berlin & Beyond Film Festival
February 9-15, 2018

Now in its 22nd season, the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival is one of the leading festivals of European cinema in the world. With an annual attendance of over 10,000 film-goers, the festival has presented over 500 motion pictures from German-speaking countries in its history. It has welcomed to the San Francisco screen and stage many celebrated international film talents, including Mario Adorf, Fatih Akin, Moritz Bleibtreu, Daniel Brühl, Hannelore Elsner, Florian David Fitz, Bruno Ganz, Maria Schrader, Barbara Sukowa, and Wim Wenders.

Since its inauguration in 1996, the main venue of the festival has always been the Castro Theatre, the famous movie palace which celebrated celebrated its 95th anniversary in 2017.

The festival is an annual tradition for San Francisco, and has been a gateway for the American public to experience the diversity, history and progress of German-speaking countries; while celebrating the universal spirit and vision of filmmakers from this global region.

Board of Directors

  • Sigrid Savelsberg, President
  • Dennis M. Sullivan, Secretary
  • Martin Schwartz, Treasurer
  • Patrick Heinz

Festival Director

  • Sophoan Sorn

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The Goethe-Institut
The Goethe-Institut is comprised of 159 institutes in 98 countries. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017, the San Francisco branch has been promoting German culture and language since 1967. In addition to its presentation of the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival, its year-round cultural activities include art exhibitions, weekly film screenings, annual events with local cultural institutions and period social gatherings.

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Seasonal Offerings & Expansion
Berlin & Beyond Film Festival’s 2017-2018 seasonal offerings kicked off November 9th-11th with the Autumn Showcase at the Roxie Theater and the Goethe-Institut. On January 4, 2018, the festival presents a very special San Francisco first screening of Fatih Akin's highly anticipated, Oscar-shortlisted and Golden Globe-winning film, "In the Fade", starring Diane Kruger in her riveting, first German-language role. Details for the 5th Anniversary of the Berlin & Beyond Honolulu Festival will be announced in spring 2018.

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Educational Program
Youth 4 German Cinema is an educational program organized in collaboration with the Language Program of the Goethe-institut San Francisco and the online youth portal Step Into German. Its goals are to increase multicultural awareness among students and educate them on the subject of international film and film criticism, as well as provide an entry point for youth to the world of German cinema. This year’s program includes a youth jury, mentored talks with film experts, and the festival field trips, which welcome registered students from across Northern California to free screenings.
For Details click here.

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Support and Get Involved
Tax-deductible donations can be made to the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Berlin & Beyond, Inc., to support the film festival.