Tuesday, January 14, 2014

18th Berlin & Beyond Film Festival @ The Castro Theater and the Goethe Institute Auditorium - January 15-21

The 18th Berlin & Beyond Film Festival is about to begin in San Francisco.  This is your chance to watch a multitude of German-language films on the glorious big-screen at the Castro Theater.  Some films will show at the Goethe Institute Auditorium on Bush Street.  Either way, check out the schedule to find a film that is sure to entertain and also provoke.   The Castro Opening night film is Two Lives (Zwei Leben). Here's a preview:

Germany’s official entry to the 2014 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film consideration. Starring acclaimed German actors Juliane Köhler (Nowhere in Africa) and Ken Duken (Inglorious Bastards), and a rare performance by legendary Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann. Europe 1990, the Berlin wall has just crumbled. Katrine, raised in East Germany, but now living in Norway for the last 20 years, is a “war child”; the result of a love relationship between a Norwegian woman and a German occupation soldier during World War II. She enjoys a happy family life with her mother, her husband, daughter and granddaughter. But when a lawyer asks her and her mother to be a witness in a trial against the Norwegian state on behalf of the war children, she resists. Gradually, a web of concealment and secrets is unveiled until Katrine is finally stripped of everything and her loved ones are forced to take a stand. What carries more weight: the life they have lived together, or the lie it is based on?

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