Films

2018 BERLIN & BEYOND FILM FESTIVAL



February 9-11, 2018 at the Castro Theatre, San Francisco
February 12, 2018 at Shattuck Cinemas, Berkeley
February 13-15, 2018 at the Goethe-Institut, San Francisco

The 22nd Berlin & Beyond Film Festival presented the best of German cinema today with red carpet premieres, actors and filmmakers in attendance, a diverse selection of feature narrative films and documentaries, and convivial social events. 

2018 AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS

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    © zeroonefilm | bpk | Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung | Stiftung Museum Schloss Moyland | Ute Klophaus

    BEUYS

    An intimate look at the visionary artist Joseph Beuys. Seen through a congenial montage of archival sources, he appears more relevant than ever before.More ...
    © Edith Held/Four Minutes Filmproduktion

    THE BLOOM OF YESTERDAY (DIE BLUMEN VON GESTERN)

    A Holocaust scholar, grandson of a Nazi war criminal, takes on an intern who is the granddaughter of a Holocaust victim. The mismatched pair bond over familial legacies and stumble towards romance.More ...
     © DENKmal Film

    CODE OF SURVIVAL OR THE END OF GENETIC ENGINEERING

    Sustainable projects in India, Egypt and Germany prove that alternatives to the poison-addicted industrial model of agriculture are achievable.More ...
    © Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion

    DREAM BOAT

    Once a year the dream boat sets sail for a cruise exclusively for gay men where most passengers are united by the wish to live life authentically as themselves in a protected place.More ...
    © Novotny & Novotny Film

    EGON SCHIELE: DEATH AND THE MAIDEN (EGON SCHIELE: TOD UND MÄDCHEN)

    At the beginning of the 20th century, Egon Schiele is one of the most provocative artists in Vienna. His life and work are driven by beautiful women and an era that is coming to an end.More ...
    © Tobis Film GmbH

    THE FINAL JOURNEY (LEANDERS LETZTE REISE)

    After his wife dies, Eduard embarks on a train to Kiev, in search for the woman he fell in love with while serving alongside the Cossacks.More ...
    © Constantin Film Verleih GmbH/die film gmbh/Marc Reimann

    GODLESS YOUTH (JUGEND OHNE GOTT)

    In a dystopian, performance-oriented society, adolescents struggle for good grades while their dreams are shattered by an indifferent system.More ...
    ©Les Films d'Antoine/Coin Film/Toprak Film

    MR. GAY SYRIA

    A barber in Istanbul living a double life. A refugee in Berlin leading Syria’s LGBTI movement. They both dream to be in an international beauty contest to escape their trapped lives.More ...
    © Universum/Gordon Timpen

    MY BROTHER SIMPLE (SIMPEL)

    Youth 4 German Cinema 2018 Winner: Ben's brother Simpel has the mental capacity of a 3-year old, and life without him is unimaginable. When authorities try to take Simpel away, the brothers flee on a crazy odyssey.More ...
    © Courtesy of Film Movement

    PARADISE (RAI)

    Three people cross paths during war time: Olga, a Russian aristocratic emigrant and member of the French Resistance; Jules, a French collaborator; and Helmut, a German SS officer.More ...
     © Bernd Spauke/Wild Bunch Germany

    ROCK MY HEART

    Youth 4 German Cinema 2018 Runner Up: Jana's heart defect could end her life at any moment. Furious at her fate, she rebels against her illness and her despairing parents, and bonds with a wild stallion.More ...
    © Spotlight Media Productions AG

    STREAKER (FLITZER)

    In hope of solving his financial difficulties, a teacher comes up with the idea to use streakers for sport-betting.More ...
    © Anne Wilk/Hellinger Doll Filmproduktion/Warner Bros. Entertainment

    TEXT FOR YOU (SMS FÜR DICH)

    A romantic dramedy about a woman sending texts to her late fiancé and finding new love where she didn't expect to.More ...
    © Filmallee GmbH

    THAT TRIP WE TOOK WITH DAD (DIE REISE MIT VATER)

    In 1968, a Romanian-German family from Arad load their ailing father into their car under false pretenses and head for the German Democratic Republic.More ...
    © Rohfilm Productions

    THREE PEAKS (DREI ZINNEN)

    Aaron wants to become a family with his girlfriend and her son, but high up in the Italian Dolomites, his attempts to win the boy's acceptance turn into a dangerous power game.More ...
    © Novotny & Novotny Filmproduktion

    WE USED TO BE COOL (WAS HAT UNS BLOSS SO RUINIERT)

    With all their material needs covered and never having suffered from want, three young couples realize that their state of mind is the big issue.More ...
    © Warner Bros. Ent.

    WELCOME TO GERMANY (WILLKOMMEN BEI DEN HARTMANNS)

    A well-off Munich family offers boarding to Diallo, a refugee from Nigeria. Their lives are tested when they have to face racism, bureaucracy and terror suspicions because of him.More ...
    © Warner Bros./X-Verleih

    WUNDERLICH'S WORLD (DIE WELT DER WUNDERLICHS)

    Mimi, failed musician and overchallenged single mother of an imaginative and hyperactive son, takes a chance when her son secretly signs her up for a Swiss talent show.More ...