Films

MY BROTHER SIMPLE (SIMPEL)

© Universum/Gordon Timpen
© Universum/Gordon Timpen


Fri. Feb. 9, 2018 at 9:30 AM
Castro Theatre, San Francisco
US Premiere
In Person: Markus Goller and Frederick Lau
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Encore: Thu. Feb. 15, 2018 at 6:00 PM
Goethe-Institut, San Francisco
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111 min. Germany (2017). DCP Projection (Castro) & BD (Goethe-Institut). German w/ English subtitles.

Director: Markus Goller
Starring: David Kross, Frederick Lau, Emilia Schüle, Devid Striesow, Annette Frier
Screenplay: Dirk Ahner, Markus Goller
Cinematography: Ueli Steiger
Editors: Tina Freitag, Markus Goller
Producer: Michael Lehmann
World Sales: Global Screen



Winner of the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival's 2017-2018 Youth 4 German Cinema Award, selected by an international youth jury from the US, Canada, and Mexico.

When his mentally handicapped brother is to be sent to a home, Ben and Simple run away, trying to find their long-lost father. Ever since Ben can think, he and his brother they call “Simple” have been thick as thieves. Simple is 22 years old, but mentally he’s a three-year-old. Even if Simple can be a nuisance, Ben can’t imagine life without him. When their mother dies unexpectedly, Simple is forced to be sent to a care home, but Ben won’t allow it. They run away together, and after a crazy odyssey and a night spent outside under the stars, Ben realizes there’s only one way out: They have to find their Dad, whom they haven’t seen for 15 years. My Brother Simple is based on the novel by world-famous French writer Marie-Aude Murail and stars two of Germany’s most talented young actors: David Kross as Simple (The Reader, Tough Enough) and Frederick Lau as Ben (Victoria, The Wave). This touching and entertaining buddy-road-movie is directed by Markus Goller, whose Friendship! was the most successful German film at the German box office in 2010.

Presented in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut's online youth portal Step Into German.

With the support of the German International School of Silicon Valley.

Community Outreach Partner: SFFILM