Since its inception in 1996, Berlin & Beyond Film Festival has become the leading festival of films from German-speaking countries in the Americas. Over 500 films have been presented to over 125,000 people, along with the memorable presence of celebrated guest stars, including Fatih Akin, Feo Aladag, Moritz Bleibtreu, Daniel Brühl, Doris Dörrie, Andreas Dresen, Hannelore Elsner, Florian David Fitz. Bruno Ganz, Alina Levshin, Barbara Sukowa, Michael Verhoeven, Jürgen Vogel and Wim Wenders.
The 2012 festival welcomed screen legend Mario Adorf and his wife Monique to San Francisco for a special four-film tribute and a Lifetime Achievement Award honor.
The Festival is presented by the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Berlin & Beyond, Inc. in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut San Francisco, a national cultural institution of the Federal Republic of Germany.
The 18th Annual Berlin & Beyond Film Festival will take place January 15-19, 2014 at the legendary Castro Theatre in San Francisco, along with two days, January 20-21, at the Goethe-Institut.
In anticipation for the main international film festival this January, Berlin & Beyond has two sensational programs in prelude: The special "preview series" Berlin & Beyond Honolulu will take place, for the first time, December 16-20, 2013 at the Doris Duke Theatre, at the Honolulu Museum of Art in Hawai'i. Youth 4 German Cinema offers local high school students the unique opportunity to participate directly in an internationally-recognized film festival, as well as aid in the festival’s commitment to community outreach and education. A special youth jury of five members have chosen two winning films to honor at the upcoming 18th edition in January with screenings for high school students from across the Bay Area.
2012 German Film Awards' best actress Alina Levshin was in town to present her groundbreaking film "Combat Girls," which also won the festival's Audience Award - Dramatic Feature.
Berlin & Beyond's Mission:
- Bringing celebrated masters, popular artists, innovative auteurs and rising stars from Germany, Austria and Switzerland to the American public.
- Presenting film as a picture of the German contemporary society.
- Sharing humanity through cinematic storytelling.
- Capturing the diversity, history, innovation and progression of life in German-speaking countries in Europe.
- Highlighting the current trend of cinema in German-speaking countries, as reflected in various film festivals, theatrical releases and award selections.
- Lending support to the creative and independent spirit of filmmakers.
- Being an open platform for multicultural audiences.
Berlin & Beyond 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 & vision of filmmakers.