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Berlin & Beyond Film Festival 2011

The Berlin & Beyond Film Festival, celebrating its 16th anniversary in the Bay Area, returns for a second year to Camera 12 Cinema in downtown San Jose on Sat, October 29th, presenting encore screenings of this festival's most popular features. A presentation of the Goethe-Institut San Francisco, this unique event has been America's premiere festival of new cinema from Germany, Austria and Switzerland since 1996, serving as a gateway for the American public to experience the diversity, history and progression of the German-speaking countries in Europe. Films are presented with English subtitles.

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The schedule for Camera 12 is as follows:

1:00pm -- The Sandman Buy Tickets
Switzerland, 2011, 88 min, dir. Peter Luisi
One morning, Benno finds sand in his bed. While he tries to ignore this, he soon realizes that he himself is the source of the sand. Day after day the sand increases, and time is running short. Finally, left with no choice, he asks Sandra — the neighbor who runs a coffee shop under his apartment — for help. Although Benno hates her with a passion, he starts having dreams of her each night. What could Sandra and the dreams have to do with the sand? Swiss and German, with English Subtitles
3:00pm -- The Poll Diaries Buy Tickets
Germany, 2010, 129 min, dir. Chris Kraus
On the eve of World War I, 14-year-old Oda von Siering returns to Poll, her family home on the Baltic coast, a region uneasily shared by Germans, Russians and Estonians. With her are the mortal remains of her mother, who passed away in Berlin. Awaiting the bright and inquisitive girl are her father Ebbo, an eccentric scientist with a dubious interest in racial breeding; her aunt Milla, who flees reality through music and affairs; and other members of her aristocratic German family, who are clinging to their privileges in a world on the brink of disaster. Upon finding a wounded Estonian anarchist on the estate, the passionate, impulsive Oda fearlessly hides him and secretly nurses him back to health, aware that her deed could trigger a chain reaction of uncontrollable violence. German, Russian & Estonian with English Subtitles
6:00pm -- Young Goethe in Love Buy Tickets
Germany, 2010, 102 min, dir. Philipp Stolzl
In 1772, under the strict direction of his father, Johann Goethe (Alexander Fehling, Germany’s Shooting Star 2011) abandons his “scribblings” as a creative writer to become a lawyer. But his romantic spirit cannot be so easily snuffed out. It’s rekindled anew when he falls for the beautiful and outgoing Lotte Buff (Miriam Stein). After a sweet interlude of passion, joy, and not just a little poetry, their celebration of love is suddenly assailed by a truly sobering reality. She’s betrothed to another: Goethe’s own overseer at the Court, Albert Kestner (Moritz Bleibtreu). The gun is now loaded and for series of tragic events which tear the two apart. Pistol duals, “magic” pills, puppet theaters, and maypoles all add to the ambiance of this drama set in preindustrialized Germany. German with English Subtitles
8:30pm -- 3 (DREI) Buy Tickets
Germany, 2010, 119 min, dir. by Tom Twyker
From the director of Run, Lola, Run and The International comes a sexy romantic drama with a nod to classic Hollywood’s screwball comedies. Hanna and Simon, a couple in their early forties, live together in Berlin. With their 20th anniversary looming, they both become restless despite being truly and deeply in love. Unbeknownst to one another, they become acquainted with Adam, a younger man, and fall in love with him. Clearly not your typical 1930’s romp, this reinvention of those classic films with Tykwer’s sleek direction is a playful update: an intellectual study of a modern couple looking for redefinition in a world of absolutes. German with English Subtitles

San Jose Encore Day is presented with the generous support of Camera Cinemas and Jack & Raphaela Nyblom.

The 16th Berlin & Beyond Film Festival runs from October 20th–26th at San Francisco’s largest single-screen, the historic The Castro Theatre, with an additional encore day at San Jose’s Camera 12 Cinemas on October 29th. A presentation of the Goethe-Institut San Francisco, Berlin & Beyond has been America’s premier festival of new cinema from Germany, Austria and Switzerland since 1996. The festival serves as a gateway for the American public to experience the diversity, history and progression of the German-speaking countries in Europe, while celebrating the universal spirit and vision of filmmakers from this global region. In the last 15 years, the festival has presented over 500 films to more than 110,000 people, and welcomed hundreds of emerging and established guests from the film industry.For festival information, go to or call 415-572-2075.


The Goethe-Institut is Germany’s official cultural center in over 80 countries worldwide. The Institut exists to promote art and films from Germany, the study of the German language, and encourage the international cultural exchange with Germany.


Berlin & Beyond salutes the sponsors of its 16th annual edition! Presenting Sponsors are Lufthansa, Kuehne + Nagel and MetaDesign. Premiere Sponsors are the Consulate General of Germany in San Francisco, the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco and San Francisco Grants for the Arts. Principal Venue Partner is The Castro Theatre. Major Sponsors are Solid, Consulate General of Switzerland in Los Angeles and Camera Cinemas. Cooperation Partner is the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles. Lead Hotel Partner is the Beresford Hotel. Lead Event Sponsors are Folio Fine Wine Partners, Bionade, Blue Angel Vodka, Crissa Imports and Pure Swiss Water.

The 16th Anniversary Berlin & Beyond Film Festival is a presentation of the Goethe-Institut San Francisco. In cooperation with German Films and Lufthansa. For more information, visit the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival website at


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