23rd Festival Films

As Green as it Gets (Grüner wird's nicht)

© Mathias Bothor
© Mathias Bothor


Fri. March 8, 2019 4:00 p.m.
Castro Theatre, San Francisco
North American Premiere
115 min. Germany (2018) DCP.
German w/ English subtitles.

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Director: Florian Gallenberger
Starring: Elmar Wepper, Emma Bading, Monika Baumgartner, Dagmar Manzel, Ulrich Tukur, Sunnyi Melles
World Sales: Beta Cinema


Georg Kempter is a gardener in a Bavarian town, working day-in, dayout in his nursery, which is facing bankruptcy. His marriage has long lost all its magic and on top of that, he has trouble to connect with his daughter. Only when he is flying in his own rickety biplane, Schorsch feels truly free. When the owner of the local golf course tries to rip him off his pay because the shade of green of the grass Schorsch has planted there is not as green as it gets, George snaps. Just when his airplane is about to be impounded, he grabs the control stick and flies away in an attempt to save his plane and himself. He embarks onto a journey into the unknown, to places he has never seen before, full of odd and special encounters and with every take-off and every landing, this tough man's heart slowly warms up to what you might call an idea of happiness...