We have six individual streaming movie passes to give away to the 25th edition of Berlin & Beyond (May 25-30) to 48hills readers. To enter: Send an email by midnight on Wednesday, May 19, to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Berlin & Beyond.” Tell us what film you would like to see, as well as your full name. Winners will be chosen at random and informed on Thursday, May 20. Sorry no in-person films can be chosen. Most films can be streamed on-demand any time during the festival. View the festival schedule here.
Berlin & Beyond Turns 25
For the past 25 years, the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival has become the largest festival of German cinema in the Americas, by both audience size and programming scope. In the local arts community, it is a highly anticipated film event in San Francisco. Berlin & Beyondwas founded in 1996, within the globally minded mission of the Goethe-Institut San Francisco, which has been promoting German culture and language since 1967. Both the institute and the film festival continuously build on the long-standing relationships andpartnerships with community, civic, and business partners and sponsors – and the audience. Berlin & Beyond strives to be an open public forum that highlights the diversity, progress, and trends from the current cinematic landscapes of German-speaking countries. The festival’s diverse programming captures dynamic stories that connect global and societal conversations, timely topics, insightful ideas, inspiring entertainment, and courageous cinematic art.
A festival of international cinema, over 500 films, produced in over 30 different countries, have screened at Berlin & Beyond, to over 200,000 attendees. It has have welcomed many celebrated filmmakers and screen talents, including Mario Adorf, Fatih Akin, Moritz Bleibtreu, Daniel Brühl, Doris Dörrie, Andreas Dresen, Lars Eidinger, Hannelore Elsner, Bruno Ganz, Juliane Köhler, Frederick Lau, Christiane Paul, Maria Schrader, Tom Schilling, Barbara Sukowa, Michael Verhoeven, Simon Verhoeven, Wim Wenders andRonald Zehrfeld. Many films screened are special premieres with renowned actors anddirectors, appearing in person. Each year, as several films are without US release plans, the chance to see them has provided the Berlin & Beyond audience exclusive opportunities.