How About Adolf? (Der Vorname)

© Constantin Film/Tom Trambow
© Constantin Film/Tom Trambow

Feb. 11, 2020 at 8:15 PM
Vogue Theatre, San Francisco

91 min. Germany (2018)
German w/ English subtitles

Director: Sönke Wortmann
Starring: Florian David Fitz, Christoph Maria Herbst, Janina Uhse, Caroline Peters, Justus von Dohnányi
Producers: Tom Spieß, Marc Conrad, Martin Moszkowicz
Screenwriter: Claudius Pläging
Director of Photography: Jo Heim
Editor: Martin Wolf
Production: Constantin Film Produktion
US Distributor: Menemsha Films

It should have been a wonderful evening. Stephan and Elisabeth have invited family and friends for dinner, but as soon as Thomas announces that he and his pregnant girlfriend Anna are planning to name their unborn son Adolf, things get out of hand. Even family friend René is drawn into the fight, as secrets are revealed and truths are dragged to light, kicking and screaming. It’s a clash of egos, of wounded prides, and as the evening escalates and unforgiveable things are said on all sides, the argument about baby names turns into a feast of childhood transgressions and hidden passions, served up for all to enjoy.

Director Sönke Wortmann (Pope Joan, Berlin & Beyond 2010, and The Miracle of Bern) deftly helms this incredible, did-he-just-say-that story of a family dinner gone awry, in which German guilt and angst over the Nazi past burst out into the open willy-nilly.

How About Adolf is an outstanding social satire in which witty dialogue and perfect timing keep the audience on the edge of their seats. A breakout hit at the German box office.

Community Outreach Partner: Jewish Film Institute.