Berlin & Beyond Autumn Showcase 2017

November 09 only

America’s premiere festival of contemporary German cinema kicks off its 22nd season! The Autumn Showcase is presented in anticipation of the main 22nd edition of the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival (February 9-14, 2018), and as the cinematic part of the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of the Goethe-Institut San Francisco with its series of cultural and community events this autumn. Join us on November 9th at the Roxie Theater in the Mission and on November 10th and 11th at the Goethe-Institut in Downtown San Francisco.


THE VERDICT – 6:30pm

WEST COAST PREMIERE! Based on Ferdinand von Schirach’s “Terror”: Can it be justified to shoot down a civilian plane, converted by terrorists into a deadly suicide missile? Can “human arithmetic” be a legal calculus? With the audience in the judge’s seat, “The Verdict” is a legal thriller testing the fundamental values of democracy. The concept when it premiered on television: The audience witnessed the trial. After the hearing of the air force pilot the viewers had to judge for themselves by voting live online, via telephone or text message: guilty or innocent? Depending on the outcome of the viewer’s vote either the conviction or the acquittal of the pilot was broadcasted. Recent terror attacks have proven how high the price might be we will have to pay for freedom, or are we willing to sacrifice human dignity for security? “The Verdict” engages the audience into a discussion highly relevant to our democratic societies and offers versatile possibilities to follow up on the topic, thus turning a linear fictional program into an interactive and captivating event. The case: Terrorists hijack a civil airplane and force the pilot to set course for a sold-out football stadium. At the last minute and against the explicit orders of his wing commander, a German air force pilot (played by Florian David Fitz) shoots down the airplane before it crashes into the stadium. Saving the lives of tens of thousands but killing all passengers on board, he faces charges for his action in court. German bestseller author and attorney Ferdinand von Schirach’s courtroom thriller is terrifyingly topical.

120 mins. (including discussion). Germany. 2016. In German with English subtitles.


At the Autumn Showcase screening, the audience will be voting “guilty” or “innocent”, and based on the outcome of the viewers’ votes, either the conviction or the acquittal of the pilot will be shown on the Roxie Theatre screen.

“The Verdict” was shown in 100 sold-out cinemas in Germany and won the Audience Award at its sold-out screening at the 19th Festival of German Cinema in Madrid, Spain, and had its North American Premiere at KINO!2017 in New York City.

Directed by Lars Kraume (“The People vs. Fritz Bauer”). Starring Burghart Klaußner (“The White Ribbon”), Martina Gedeck (“The Lives of Others”), Florian David Fitz (“Vincent Wants to Sea” – Berlin & Beyond Opening Night 2010), Lars Eidinger (“Clouds of Sils Maria”“Everyone Else”).

TIGER GIRL – 9:15pm

“Twisted kickass feminism… undeniably entertaining” – Wendy Ide, SCREEN DAILY”

NORCAL PREMIERE! Vanilla (Maria-Victoria Dragus) is looking at a career in law enforcement. After failing the police exam, she signs up as a security guard while waiting to take the test again, and in the interim meets Tiger (RAW’s Ella Rumpf), a wild child who appeals to Vanilla’s sense of adventure. As Vanilla and Tiger get themselves into one scrape of criminal mischief after another, it becomes apparent that Tiger doesn’t have to teach Vanilla anything about trouble that she doesn’t already know. Run-ins with cops, drug dealers and innocent civilians convince Tiger that she’s made the wrong friend, but will she survive long enough to learn her lesson?  An unpredictable ride through modern-day Berlin, TIGER GIRL showcases brilliant rising talents in leads Dragus (last seen starring in Cristian Mungiu’s GRADUATION) and Rumpf (cementing her place as a major new star after her acclaimed work in RAW), who deliver a pair of unforgettable performances that make TIGER GIRL incredibly fresh and exciting. They, along with director/co-writer Jakob Lass, bring a wild, kinetic energy to TIGER GIRL that helps it stand far apart from most classic “lost youth” films of recent years. Expertly showcasing a street-level view of life in the Berlin underworld, it’s an often-exhilarating ride that also serves as an unyielding character study of two lost girls struggling to fend for themselves in city where free spirits are constantly broken by the world around them. Armed with two of the year’s top performances, TIGER GIRL is one of 2017’s most exciting discoveries.
– Matthew Kiernan, Fantasia Film Festival Montreal

90 mins. Germany. 2017. In German with English subtitles.


Directed by Jakob Lass (“Love Steaks”). Starring Ella Rumpf (“Raw”/”Grave”) and Maria Dragus (“The White Ribbon”).


Ticketing Information:

Per Film (Nov. 9): $13.00 General / $12.00 Seniors & Students / $11.00 Berlin & Beyond Members

Autumn Showcase Pass (admission to all six screenings on Nov. 9-11): $60.00 General Public / $50.00 Berlin & Beyond Members.

 Pass buyers must pick up physical passes at the theater.

For the pick up of senior-priced and student-priced tickets, official ID will be checked.

For the pick up of Berlin & Beyond member-priced tickets, official ID and Berlin & Beyond membership card will be checked.

To order the Autumn Showcase Pass and single tickets of the films at the Goethe-Institut (Nov. 10-11), click here.


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