Berlin & Beyond Autumn Showcase 2015
September 27 only
In anticipation for the 20th Anniversary Berlin & Beyond Film Festival in January 2016, America’s leading festival of contemporary German cinema heads to the Mission – for the first time – to present their second annual Autumn Showcase. Join us on September 27, 2015 for an exhilarating evening of great cinema at the Roxie!
Best Chance (Beste Chance) 4:30pm
102 minutes. | Dir. Marcus H. Rosenmüller | Germany, 2014 | German w/ English subtitles
Special screening of the Audience Award Winner for Best Film Premiere at the 2015 Berlin & Beyond Film Festival.This is the third film in Marcus H. Rosenmüller’s celebrated “Best” Trilogy. Since graduating from high school five years ago, best friends Jo (Rosalie Thomass) and Kati (Anna Maria Sturm) have not been in touch with each other. While Jo has been traveling the world – ending up in India – Kati has been struggling with college life and her final exams. After receiving a disturbing voicemail from Jo, Kati immediately drops everything and returns to her hometown in rural Bavaria to round up the old buddies in order to launch a rescue mission for Jo. Time has passed there, too. Rocky (Ferdinand Schmidt-Modrow, The Wave) and Toni (Volker Bruch, Generation War) are caught up in their own marriages and family lives, so naturally their response to Kati’s idea is not filled with enthusiasm. Outraged and disappointed, but still convinced she’s doing the right thing, Kati sets off on her own en route to an Ashram in India, as Jo is on her way home.
Starring Anna Maria Sturm, Rosalie Thomass, Volker Bruch, Ferdinand Schmidt-Modrow.
138 minutes. | Dir. Sebastian Schipper | Germany, 2015 | English and German w/ English subtitles
Screening co-presented by the San Francisco Film Society.
Exclusive Northern California Premiere. Biggest winner of the 2015 German Academy Awards (The Lolas) with six awards, including Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actress Laia Costa as Victoria.This film is not a movie; it’s not about a bank robbery. It is bank robbery. “Victoria” was shot in one single take. Two hours and eighteen minutes. No cuts. No CGI. No cheap tricks. No expensive ones, either. Just one shot. Victoria, a young woman from Madrid, meets four local Berliners outside a nightclub. Sonne and his friends promise to show her a good time and the real side of the city. But these lads have gotten themselves into hot water: they owe someone a dangerous favor that requires repaying that evening. As Victoria’s flirtation with Sonne deepens into something more, he convinces her to come along for the ride. And later, when things become more ominous and possibly lethally dangerous for Sonne, she insists on coming along. As the night takes on an ever more menacing character, what started out as a good time, quickly spirals out of control. As dawn approaches, Victoria and Sonne address the inevitable: it’s all or nothing and they abandon themselves to a heart-stopping race into the depths of hell. (An Adopt Films release.)
Starring Laia Costa, Frederick Lau, Franz Rogowski, Burak Yigit, Max Mauff.
“ ‘Victoria’ rocked my world.” -“Black Swan” Director Darren Aronofsky
Fack ju Göhte (Suck Me Shakespeer) 9:30pm
118 minutes. | Dir. Bora Dagtekin | Germany, 2013 | German w/ English subtitles
Exclusive Northern California Premiere. One of the most successful German films of all times, with over six million admissions, and winner of the 2014 German Film Award’s Audience Award for Highest Grossing German Film of the Year. Somebody built a school gym directly over the stolen cash his table-dancing girlfriend Charlie buried for him. And now, ex-con Zeki Müller has no choice but to pass himself off as a substitute teacher at the Goethe Comprehensive School, thus providing the educational system with one more problem, i.e. the craziest teacher of all time. At night, Zeki digs secretly for his loot: during the day, he uses drastic yet effective methods to bring the unruly kids of class 10B back on track. Although his prim and proper fellow teacher Lisi Schnabelstedt condemns the unorthodox pedagogical approach taken by her new “colleague”, she nevertheless finds herself falling in love with Zeki and even helps him dig up something more valuable than cash, namely the remains of his own moral integrity.
Starring Elyas M’Barek, Karoline Herfurth, Katja Riemann.
Per Film: $13.00 General / $12.00 Seniors & Students / $11.00 Berlin & Beyond Members
Autumn Showcase Pass: BUY HERE! $33.00 General Public / $30.00 Berlin & Beyond Members. Pass buyers must pick up physical passes at the theater.
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