Berlin & Beyond Autumn Showcase 2018

November 01 only

America’s premiere festival of contemporary German cinema kicks off its 23rd season! The Autumn Showcase (now in its 5th anniversary edition) is highlighted with new works that are making the fall festival circuit. This special program is presented with anticipation for the main 23rd Berlin & Beyond Film Festival (March 8-14, 2019). Supported by the Year of German-American Friendship 2018/19. Join us on November 1st at the Roxie Theater in the Mission and on November 2nd and 3rd at the Goethe-Institut in Downtown San Francisco.

TRANSIT – 6:30pm

SAN FRANCISCO PREMIERE! The German troops are just outside Paris. Georg escapes to Marseille at the last moment. His luggage contains the legacy of a writer named Weidel, who took his own life out of fear of persecution. This legacy comprises a manuscript, some letters and the Mexican Embassy’s assurance of a visa. Assuming the identity of Weidel, Georg tries to obtain one of the few scarce passages on a ship. Talks between refugees take place in the corridors of his small hotel, the waiting rooms of consulates, and the cafés and bars down at the harbour. Georg befriends Driss, the son of his late comrade Heinz, who died whilst trying to flee. But when he meets the mysterious Marie, his plans change. Transit is based on Anna Seghers’ eponymous novel which she wrote in exile. The film is set in contemporary Marseille where these characters from the past move around. And so, history meets the present, and all of their stories combine to create one eternal transit space. (Berlinale)

101 mins. Germany, France. 2018. In German and French with English subtitles. DCP projection.

“Transit” held its World Premiere in Competition at the Berlin International Film Festival, and was selected for Awards Season’s prestigious Toronto International Film Festival and the New York Film Festival. A Music Box Films release.

Directed by Christian Petzold (“Phoenix”, “Barbara”). Starring Franz Rogowski (“Victoria”), Paula Beer (“Franz”), Godehard Giese (“Babylon Berlin”), Lilien Batman.


Frank Balzer has retired from the German Green Berets and wants to start a new, quiet life as a civilian. He finally gets to see his daughter Lily again, and is on his way to the Berlin main train station to pick her up for their first weekend together after a long time. At a rest stop, he reluctantly gives a ride to hitchhiker Andreas. On the way, he discovers a bomb in Andreas’ backpack. Who is this hitchhiker really? A life-or-death battle of wits begins between the two men, showing us that fanatics come in all stripes and that a parent has to do what they’ve got to do when their child is in danger. Ken Duken (NORTHMEN) and GAME OF THRONES star Tom Wlaschiha in an action-packed, edge-of-your seat thriller, in which the two characters match wits and charisma, hurtling down the Autobahn at breakneck speed toward a knock-out finale.(Global Screen).

Directed by Ken Duken. Starring Ken Duken, Tom Wlaschiha, Marisa Leonie Bach, Greta Nedelmann, Amelie Plaas-Link. 91 min. Germany. 2017. In German with English subtitles. DCP projection.

Ticketing Information:

Per Film (Nov. 1): $13.00 General / $12.00 Seniors & Students / $11.00 Berlin & Beyond Members

Autumn Showcase Pass (admission to all six screenings on Nov. 1-3): $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. 2-3), click here.


Berlin & Beyond Autumn Showcase 2018: Upcoming Showtimes