Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wer, Wenn Nicht Wir Closes out the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival on 10/26

Tonight is the last night of the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival in San Francisco, and it is closing at 7:00 p.m. at the Castro Theater with  "Wer, Wenn Nicht Wir," which is "based on the emotional true story of an explosive era: In the early 60s, Bernward Vesper and fellow university student Gudrun Ensslin begin a passionate love in the stifling atmosphere of provincial West Germany. Sensitive to the increasing restlessness of the times, the fiery couple lashes out at the conformism and denial  around them. After their tumultuous relationship nearly ends due to Bernward’s infidelities, they start a new with a move to West Berlin in 1964. Joining forces with leftist writers and political activists, they become part of the spreading global uprising: “If not us, who; If not now, when?” But discontentment with the world takes its toll on their tumultuous relationship. By the late 60s, Gudrun has joined rebellious Andreas Baader’s pro-violence cause and Bernward risks his sanity by using psychedelic drugs in his struggle to write a novel committed to changing the world…"

If you really want to do something special, attend the closing night party at the Castro, at 9:30 p.m. at the Castro Theatre’s Mezzanine, San Francisco.  After the film, celebrate another captivating and vibrant festival with film friends — while meeting guest stars, and savouring culinary delights and signature drinks from San Francisco and beyond! ($40.00 film & party?  Priceless!)