Online and Free, The Berlin and Beyond Film Festival is Around the Corner!

(San Francisco, CA) The Berlin & Beyond Film Festival, with the support and collaboration of the Goethe-Institut San Francisco and the Special Projects and Unexpected Needs (SPUN) grant of Grants for the Arts, will present the virtual film festival Berlin & Beyond in Focus, November 19-21, 2020.

This heritage program commemorates the past, present, and future of Berlin & Beyond, correlating with its relevance and resonance with the cinematic movement of German cinema. This free virtual festival and forum will kick off Berlin & Beyond’s 25th Anniversary Season, ahead of the main 25th Berlin & Beyond Film Festival, which will take place in mid-spring 2021. It will be comprised of engaging, educational, and entertaining programs of dialogue, film, and interactivity in the virtual sphere. 

Show times and ticket registration for the viewing of select films at Berlin & Beyond in Focus will begin on Wednesday, November 4th on the new festival website and virtual cinema platform at

Geoblocked Bay Area programming will be available for the counties of San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, and Marin. Programming for Berlin & Beyond in Focus continues the festival’s endeavor to present the best of contemporary cinema from German-speaking countries.

This series will comprise 10 feature-length films shown at fixed times with live virtual Q&As with special guests, along with on-demand showings, panel discussions, and other engaging events.

Here are some of the films to be featured:

Gipsy Queen
Special Encore
Director: Hüseyin Tabak 
(Germany, Austria, 2019) 

My Little Sister (Schwesterlein)
Northern California Premiere 
Switzerland’s Official Entry to the 2021 Academy Awards
Directors: Stéphanie Chuat, Véronique Reymond (Switzerland, 2020) 

San Francisco Premiere
Director. Christian Petzold 
(Germany, 2020)

Stars Above Us (Die Sterne über uns)
North American Premiere
Director: Christina Ebelt
(Germany, 2019) 

« Die Sterne über uns » preview ©ZDF/Martin Rottenkolber. The Stars Above Us, one of the main films to be
featured at the upcoming festival this November.

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