Autumn Showcase 2021
America’s largest festival of contemporary German cinema commemorated and continued its 25th Anniversary Season with a special edition of the Autumn Showcase! The program was highlighted with the Oscar entries from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland – including Germany’s “I’m Your Man,” the sci-fi comedy from Emmy Award-winner and Berlin & Beyond Career Achievement Award honoree Maria Schrader. On Opening Night at the Roxie Theater in the Mission, we were joined by special guests of “I’m Your Man:” producer Lisa Blumenberg and lead actor Dan Stevens. Organized with Presenting and Founding Partner, the Goethe-Institut San Francisco, the Autumn Showcase was shown with great anticipation for the main 26th Berlin & Beyond Film Festival, slated for mid-spring 2022.
Vielen Dank! Thank you for joining us on 3 nights in 3 cities: November 15th at the Roxie Theater in the Mission, November 16th at Century Cinema in Mountain View, and November 17th at Shattuck Cinema in Downtown Berkeley.
See photo memories on our Instagram.
SCHEDULE OF FILMS
Monday, November 15, 2021
Roxie Theater, San Francisco
3117 16th St.
- 6:00 PM: I’m Your Man | Special Guests: Lisa Blumenberg and Dan Stevens
- 8:30 PM: Great Freedom
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Century Cinema, Mountain View
1500 N. Shoreline Blvd.
- 5:30 PM: I’m Your Man
- 8:00 PM: Berlin Alexanderplatz
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Shattuck Cinema, Berkeley
2230 Shattuck Ave.
- 5:30 PM – Auditorium 2: I’m Your Man
- 6:30 PM – Auditorium 4: Olga
- 8:00 PM – Auditorium 2: Fabian: Going to the Dogs
OPENING NIGHT SPECIAL GUESTS
We were honored and excited to welcome to San Francisco Producer Lisa Blumenberg and Actor Dan Stevens of “I’m Your Man” – in person at the Opening Night of the Berlin & Beyond Autumn Showcase 2021 on November 15, 6:00 PM (5:30 PM red carpet) at the Roxie Theater.
An adaptation of Alfred Döblin’s text to 2015 Berlin to tell the story of 30-year-old refugee Francis, the sole survivor of a boat which crossed the Mediterranean illegally. Without citizenship papers, Francis is drawn into the underbelly of the city.
Directed by Burhan Qurbani. 183 min. Germany. 2020. In German and some English, Portuguese, and Soninke with English subtitles. A Kino Lorber release.
Fabian: Going to the Dogs (Fabian oder Der Gang vor die Hunde)
A dazzling adaptation of Erich Kästner’s classic of Weimar literature. Berlin, 1931. Jakob Fabian works in the advertising department of a cigarette factory by day and drifts through bars, brothels and artist studios with his wealthy and debauched friend Labude by night. When Fabian meets the beautiful and confident Cornelia, he manages to shed his pessimistic attitude for a brief moment and falls in love.
Directed by Dominik Graf. 176 min. Germany. 2021. In German with English subtitles. A Kino Lorber release.
Great Freedom (Große Freiheit)
In postwar Germany, Hans is imprisoned again and again for being homosexual. Due to the paragraph 175, his desire for freedom is systematically destroyed. The one steady relationship in his life becomes his long time cell mate, Viktor, a convicted murderer. Austria’s Official Entry to the 2022 Academy Awards. Winner of the 2021 Festival de Cannes Un Certain Regard Jury Award.
Directed by Sebastian Meise. 117 min. Austria, Germany. 2021. In German with English subtitles. A MUBI release.
I’m Your Man (Ich bin dein Mensch)
A scientist is coerced into an extraordinary study in order to obtain research funds for her work. For three weeks, she lives with a humanoid robot tailored to her character and needs, whose artificial intelligence is designed to be the perfect life partner for her. Germany’s Official Entry to the 2022 Academy Awards. Winner of 4 German Film Awards.
Directed by Maria Schrader. 108 min. Germany. 2021. In German with English subtitles. A Bleecker Street release.
Exiled in Switzerland, Olga, 15, is a talented Ukrainian gymnast. Like all athletes at the top of their game, she dreams of Olympic gold. She tries her best to fit into her new national team but, as the European Championship draws near, the revolution in Kiev shakes her world and tests her will. Switzerland’s Official Entry to the 2022 Academy Awards.
Directed by Elie Grappe. 85 min. Switzerland, France, Ukraine. 2021. In French, Ukrainian and Swiss German with English subtitles. World Sales: Pulsar Content, Paris
PARTNERS & SPONSORS
Presenting and Founding Partner:
- Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in San Francisco
- Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco
- Excelsior German Center
- Alliance Française de San Francisco
- California Film Institute
- Department of German, University of California, Berkeley
- German American Business Association (GABA)
- German International School of Silicon Valley
- Open Austria
- Representative of German Business (GACC West)
- United Swiss Societies of Northern California
PRESS & MEDIA CONTACT
Sophoan Sorn, Director of Berlin & Beyond
BERLIN & BEYOND FUND
Dear friends, we are calling on you to help us during this challenging time. As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic difficulties continue to unfold, your financial support is needed to help ensure continuity of vivid film and interactive programs for our 25th anniversary season and beyond. Berlin & Beyond is a San Francisco-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that relies on the financial support of our local community. Your donation is fully tax-deductible, and we are grateful for your support in any amount. Thank you.