Films

WELCOME TO GERMANY (WILLKOMMEN BEI DEN HARTMANNS)

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© Warner Bros. Entertainment


WINNER OF THE 2018 BERLIN & BEYOND FILM FESTIVAL AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE GALA

Remarks by Director/Screenwriter Simon Verhoeven: “The screenings of my film at the Berlin & Beyond Festival felt incredibly special and the energy of the audience was unforgettable for me as a filmmaker. The questions afterwards were not only sharply political but often in regard to very specific aspects of the filmmaking and screenwriting process. This only happens with US audiences that really know and care about the craft of film like nowhere else in the world. I am honored and happy about this award and I am definitely looking forward to visiting this unique, wonderful festival in San Francisco again.”

Fri. Feb. 9, 2018 at 6:30 PM
Castro Theatre, San Francisco
Northern California Premiere - Opening Night Film
In Person: Simon Verhoeven

Mon. Feb. 12, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Shattuck CInemas, Berkeley
Special Encore
In Person: Simon Verhoeven

116 min. Germany (2016). DCP Projection. German w/ English subtitles.

Director: Simon Verhoeven
Starring: Senta Berger, Heiner Lauterbach, Florian David Fitz, Palina Rojinski, Elyas M‘Barek, Eric Kabongo, Uwe Ochsenknecht
Screenplay: Simon Verhoeven
Cinematography: Jo Heim
Editors: Denis Bachter, Stefan Essl, Tom Seil
Producers: Simon Verhoeven, Quirin Berg, Max Wiedemann, Michael Verhoeven
World Sales: Picture Tree International



Welcome to Germany was Germany's most successful local film of 2016 and the first part of 2017, and stars veteran actress Senta Berger, who appeared in the American films Major Dundee and Cast a Giant Shadow in the 1960s. Senta Berger's son, Simon Verhoeven, is the director and screenwriter of Welcome to Germany.

Recently retired teacher Angelika decides, against her skeptical husband Richard’s will, to take in a refugee. Soon afterward, the young Nigerian Diallo moves into the Hartmann's home, and a whirlwind of complications ensue. These events not only disrupt the lives of Angelika and Richard’s adult children Philip and Sophie; they also put their own marriage as well as Diallo’s chances of integration to the test. Despite all the chaos, hope prevails that the family will recover its stability, confidence, and peace.

Presented with the generous support of the Excelsior German Center and the BMW Group.