All 2017 Films

21st Berlin & Beyond Film Festival



Join us February 3-5, 2017 at San Francisco's legendary Castro Theatre movie palace, February 6-8, 2017 at the Goethe-Institut, and February 4th at Pro Arts Gallery for DocDay Oakland for the 21st edition of the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival, celebrating the best of recent cinema from German-speaking countries!

Special thanks to our lead sponsors Grants for the Arts, the German Consulate General San Francisco, the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco, and Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, Inc. .

FESTIVAL REVIEW
2017 Read the wrap release with the Audience Award winners and the current plans.
Download the Feb. 16 press release (PDF, 99 KB)

PROGRAM GUIDE
Download 2017 Festival Program Guide
2017 Program Guide (PDF, 6.5 MB)

    © Friede Clausz

    24 WEEKS (24 WOCHEN)

    Already deep in her pregnancy Astrid is told that her unborn child will be severely disabled. She is put into conflict whether to perform a late abortion or live with the challenge of raising a child with special needs.More ...
    © Rat Pack Filmproduktion

    AT EYE LEVEL (AUF AUGENHÖHE)

    Youth 4 German Cinema 2017 Winner: An 11-year-old orphan and a little person find out that they are father and son. Both have to come to terms with the fact that in life not everything goes according to plan.More ...
    © Paul Ploberger Universum Film

    CENTER OF MY WORLD (DIE MITTE DER WELT)

    After a summer away at camp, Phil returns home to find that things have changed. At least his best friend Kat seems normal. But when Phil falls for the new student in his class, things get ultimately messy.More ...
    © Kundschafter Filmproduktion

    CIVIL SERVANTS (STAATSDIENER)

    In recent years, police work has been increasingly under the suspicion of the public eye. “Civil Servants” takes an insightful look at the training for young police men and women in Germany.More ...
    © ARD Degeto/Conny Klein

    CLOSE TO YOUR HEART (BESUCH FÜR EMMA)

    Lonely cashier Emma pinches customers' wallets and subsequently presents herself as the honest finder in order to get in contact with people. Her “search” leads to an unlikely friendship.More ...
    © TRILUNA FILM / Aliocha Merker

    DARK FORTUNE (FINSTERES GLÜCK)

    Psychologist Eliane Hess is called to the hospital to take care of Yves, an eight-year-old boy, who just has lost his parents and siblings in a car accident.More ...
    © Marcie Begleiter - Courtesy of Zeitgeist Films

    EVA HESSE

    Eva Hesse is one of America’s foremost postwar artists. Talking to her artist contemporaries and going through her correspondence with her friends, this doc recaptures her short but endlessly yielding career.More ...
    © Jean-Claude Moireau – Foz / Courtesy of Music Box Films

    FRANTZ

    The latest film by renowned French auteur François Ozon, loosely based on Ernst Lubitsch’s 1932 drama “Broken Lullaby” Ozon tells the story of a German woman grieving for her fiancés death in the war until she meets a stranger who claims to be her fiancé’s friend.More ...
    © Mathias Bothor-Majestic

    FUKUSHIMA, MON AMOUR (GRÜßE AUS FUKUSHIMA)

    Five years after the tragedy of Fukushima, young German Marie visits the still battered city where she meets Satomi. Both women have to learn to free themselves from the burden of memory.More ...
    © Kerstin Stelter for enigma film

    HANNA'S SLEEPING DOGS (HANNAS SCHLAFENDE HUNDE)

    Youth 4 German Cinema 2017 Runner-up: Johanna grows up in an Austrian town in the 60’s. When her grandmother tells her the secret about their Jewish past, the “sleeping dogs” of the family history awake.More ...
     © CORSO Film- und Fernsehproduktion

    HAPPY

    Director Carolin Genreith follows her father who has fallen in love with a much younger Thai. Is it real love or just a calculated game?More ...
    © Matthias Fleischer bvk

    HEIDI

    The latest film adaptation of Johanna Spyri's bestselling children's novel. Orphan Heidi lives with her grandfather in the Swiss mountains. Her happiness ends when her aunt takes her to Frankfurt, where she is to help take care of a sickly child.More ...
    © Sebastian Geyer/avanti media fiction

    IN LOVE WITH LOU – A PHILOSOPHER'S LIFE (LOU ANDREAS-SALOMÉ)

    When writer and psychoanalyst Lou Andreas-Salomé meets young german scholar Ernst Pfeiffer, he helps her writing the story of her life.More ...
    © Tom Trambow, Frisbeefilms

    ORIGINAL BLISS (GLEIßENDES GLÜCK)

    Helene Brindel has lost her faith in god and her childless marriage leads into nothing. When she meets the charismatic psychologist Eduard Gluck her life undergoes a psychic twist.More ...
    © Tamtam Film

    SCRAPPIN' (SCHROTTEN!)

    Nothing can be more complicated than family, even one of simple-minded scrap dealers. After the death of his father, Mirko finds himself back on the junk yard to save his family’s business with an impossible heist.More ...
    © KHM/Ahmad Saleh

    SHORT FILMS

    This special shorts program features the Northern California premieres of the three fascinating 2016 Student Academy Award-winning films that were from German film schools.More ...
    © Jan Tenhaven

    SILICON VALLEY REVOLUTION

    California, Bay Area. Late 1960’s. Amidst the New Age, Hippies, and student protests, some innovative minds want to change the world. This doc tells the almost forgotten story of how the Silicon Valley became what it is today.More ...
    © Films Boutique

    STEFAN ZWEIG: FAREWELL TO EUROPE (VOR DER MORGENRÖTE)

    As a Jewish intellectual, Zweig struggles to find the right stance towards the events in Nazi Germany, while searching for a home in the new world.More ...
    © Pluto Film

    THE CULPABLE (VERFEHLUNG)

    Jakob Voelz is a prison chaplain. When his best friend and fellow priest is taken in custody under suspicion of sexual abuse, Jakob’s trust in friendship and in his faith is put at stake.More ...
    © ARD

    THE GENERAL CASE (DIE AKTE GENERAL)

    After World War II, the German government is still full of former Nazis in powerful political and judicial positions. Hessian Solicitor General Bauer tries to bring a stop to the cover-ups of Nazi crimes.More ...
    © UFA Fiction

    TOO HARD TO HANDLE (MÄNGELEXEMPLAR)

    Karo lives the perfect hipster life in Berlin or so it seems. A growing depression, panic attacks, and emotional excess starts to dominate her daily life. Her defiant attitude doesn’t help either ...More ...
    © Johannes Praus

    TRANSIT HAVANA

    Is Cuba changing into a safe haven for trans people? For over a year filmmaker Daniel Abma followed the three individuals, shedding some light on how the government program for helping transgender people works in Cuba.More ...
     © Passanten Filmproduktion GbR

    WONDERLAND (HEIMATLAND)

    A hurricane of catastrophic proportions is brewing over Switzerland. The country is in a state of emergency. A new generation of 10 Swiss filmmakers imagine how the Swiss would deal with the worst possible disaster: the downfall of their country.More ...