2013 Honolulu Series

Honolulu Museum of Art welcomes Berlin & Beyond Film Festival, December 2013

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Honolulu Museum of Art welcomes Berlin & Beyond Film Festival

The San Francisco-based German film series will screen four essential contemporary German language films at Doris Duke Theatre from December 16-20, 2013

November 13, 2013

In partnership with the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival and Goethe-Institut San Francisco, the Honolulu Museum of Art presents Berlin & Beyond Honolulu, a selection of new films from German-speaking countries, showing December 16th, 17th, 19th and 20th at the Doris Duke Theatre (900 S. Beretania Street in Honolulu).

San Francisco’s Berlin & Beyond Film Festival, now in its 18th year, serves as a gateway for the American public to experience the art and cinema of contemporary Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Each film playing in the Honolulu series will later screen at the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival, so the series functions as a “sneak peek” at the festival’s soon-to-be revealed 2014 lineup.

The Films

Measuring the World (Die Vermessung der Welt)
Directed by Detlev Buck. Germany. 2012. 119 mins.
German with English subtitles.
Hawaii Premiere

Monday, December 16, 2013 at 1:00 PM and 7:30 PM

Daniel Kehlmann’s 2005 bestseller about the exploits of 19th-century scientist Alexander von Humboldt and mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss comes marvelously to life in this offbeat, entertaining historical romp. The many groundbreaking ways the two measure the world couldn’t be more diverse. Humboldt fearlessly explored remote destinations to document the size and nature of things; Gauss immersed himself in calculations and theorems to explore the inner workings of the world. Dotted with droll humor poking fun at “extreme German-ness,” and beautifully photographed by ace cinematographer Slawomir Idziak (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix), this journey into the exterior and interior worlds of exploration is not to be missed on the big screen. Winner: Best Costume Design, Best Make-up Design: Austrian Film Awards.

More Than Honey
Directed by Markus Imhoof. Switzerland, Germany and Austria. 2012. 91 mins.
German and English with English subtitles.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 1:00 PM and 7:30 PM

Academy Award–nominated director Markus Imhoof leads a visually stunning examination of endangered honeybees spanning California, Switzerland, China, and Australia. Employing the latest in filmmaking technology to observe phenomena undetectable by normal eyesight, the film combines wonder and awe with alarm and urgency over the fate of the world’s bees. From his personal perspective as the grandson of a professional beekeeper in Switzerland, Imhoof explores how the bee crisis is being experienced in different parts of the world, where we meet the beekeepers, scientists, and agricultural and apicultural entrepreneurs at the forefront of the fight to save the world’s bee populations. Imhoof’s visual tour de force is Switzerland’s official entry for the 2014 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film consideration. Winner: Best Documentary, Bavarian Film Awards and German Film Awards; Swiss Film Prize for Best Documentary.

Lullaby Ride (Nachtlärm)
Directed by Christoph Schaub. Switzerland and Germany. 2012. 94 mins.
German with English subtitles.
Hawaii Premiere

Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 1:00 PM and 7:30 PM

Life could be wonderful for young parents Livia and Marco—if only their adorable nine-month-old son would stop crying. Their solution is one that parents have turned to since the invention of the automobile: the middle-of-the-night highway drive. One rainy night, however, the couple stops at a late-night convenience store, only to have their car—and its precious cargo—stolen before their eyes. A madcap chase ensues as the pair steals a car, outwits phony policemen and takes on a host of shady characters to rescue their child from his unintentional kidnapper. But will it revive their marriage? Only tomorrow will tell. Not since the Coen Brothers’ Raising Arizona has there been such an audacious movie on the subject of babynapping. Official Selection: Locarno Film Festival; Warsaw International Film Festival.

Ludwig II

Directed by Peter Sehr and Marie Noëlle. 2012. Germany. 140 mins.
German with English subtitles.
Hawaii Premiere

Friday, December 20, 2013 at 1:00 PM and 7:30 PM

Lensed by Oscar-nominated cinematographer Christian Berger (The White Ribbon), this lushly art-directed biopic brings fresh energy and a unique style to the story of “Mad King” Ludwig of Bavaria, one of the most fascinating monarchs of modern times. A dreamer, romantic and visionary, Ludwig II is remembered for his uncompromising patronage of the arts (in particular of Richard Wagner), his ingenuous political commitment, his pacifism, idealism and ultimate descent into “madness.” In this epic period piece, directors Peter Sehr and Marie Noëlle expertly trace the fine and personal line between sanity and madness, while exploring, on a grand-scale, the fate of Bavaria, Prussia and France in a period of extreme political turmoil. Winner: Best Young Actor (Sabin Tambrea), Bavarian Film Awards.

Tickets per screening are $8.00 for museum members and $10.00 for the general public.

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This special Honolulu series is organized by Doris Duke Theatre Curator Abigail Algar in collaboration with Sabine Erlenwein, Director of the Goethe-Institut San Francisco and Berlin & Beyond’s Board President, Christina Gerhardt, Assistant Professor of German, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and Sophoan Sorn, Director of the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival. The presentation of the Swiss films are sponsored in part by a grant from the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco.

About the Honolulu Museum of Art and the Doris Duke Theatre
Founded in 1927, the Honolulu Museum of Art is Hawai‘i’s largest private presenter of visual arts programs, with an internationally recognized collection of more than 50,000 works spanning 5,000 years. The museum has had a film program since the 1930s. The museum’s 280-seat Doris Duke Theatre screens independent, documentary, and international film and video, and a popular series of lectures, performances and concerts by world-famous visiting artists and the finest local performers. In addition, concert programs, lectures, art classes and workshops make the museum the city’s cultural hub. The theater entrance is located at the rear of the museum on Kinau Street.

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About the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival
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, Florian David Fitz, Bruno Ganz, Barbara Sukowa and Wim Wenders. The festival is presented in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut San Francisco, an cultural institution of the Federal Republic of Germany. The main 18th Berlin & Beyond Film Festival will take place January 15th-21st, 2014 primarily at the Castro Theatre movie palace in San Francisco.

Official Website:

Abigail Algar, Film Curator
Honolulu Museum of Art
Doris Duke Theatre
(808) 532 8794
Mail Symbolaalgar@honolulumuseum.org

Sophoan Sorn, Festival Director
Berlin & Beyond Film Festival
Mail Symbolfestival@sanfrancisco.goethe.org

Jackson Scarlett, Publicist
Berlin & Beyond Film Festival
Mail Symboljackson.scarlett@gmail.com