THURSDAY JANUARY 29 - SUNDAY FEBRUARY 1 SPECIAL EVENT

BERLIN & BEYOND

Goethe-Institut San Francisco presents America's largest festival of new cinema from Germany, Austria and Switzerland at the Castro for the 19th year! Legendary actress Hannelore Elsner will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at Opening Night's premiere of TO LIFE! and will join veteran German filmmaker Doris Dörrie at Closing Night's sensational THE WHOLE SHEBANG. Berlin & Beyond Spotlight Award honoree, renowned actor Ronald Zehrfeld, will present two latest works: captivating police drama THE KINGS SURRENDER and the Afghanistan-set INBETWEEN WORLDS, the new film from Feo Aladag. Other highlights: Oscar-winner Caroline Link's return to Africa–the father-and-son road drama EXIT MARRAKECH; four-time Swiss Film Prize winner I AM THE KEEPER by Sabine Boss; Austrian auteur Jessica Hausner's AMOUR FOU, inspired by the true story of German poet Heinrich von Kleist; the first international screening of Marcus H. Rosenmüller's BEST CHANCE, the final film in his celebrated Best Trilogy; THE DARK VALLEY, the seven-time German Film Award-winning, Alpine revenge western with British actor Sam Reily speaking German. Join us for four sensational days and nights!

THURSDAY, JAN 29

LUFTHANSA OPENING NIGHT FILM: TO LIFE! 6:30
US Premiere (86 mins. 2014. Germany) Dir. Uwe Janson. In person: Hannelore Elsner (actress).
More Info. http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf/prj/bby/fil/opn/en13758809.htm

STEREO 9:00
West Coast Premiere (95 mins. 2014. Germany) Dir. Maximilian Erlenwein
More Info. http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf/prj/bby/fil/ger/en13759093.htm

FRIDAY, JAN 30

YOUTH 4 GERMAN CINEMA WINNER: RUN BOY RUN 10:00am
(107 mins. 2014. Germany, France) Dir. Pepe Danquart (in person)
More Info. http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf/prj/bby/fil/ysc/en13757466.htm

MACONDO 1:30
California Premiere (98 mins. 2014. Austria) Dir. Sudabeh Mortezai
More Info. http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf/prj/bby/fil/ysc/en13757467.htm

MY SISTERS 4:00
US Premiere (88 mins. 2013. Germany) Dir. Lars Kraume
More Info. http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf/prj/bby/fil/ger/en13759091.htm

SPOTLIGHT: INBETWEEN WORLDS 6:30
North American Premiere (103 mins. 2014. Germany. Filmed in Afghanistan) Dir. Feo Aladag. In person: Ronald Zehrfeld (actor)
More Info. http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf/prj/bby/fil/spp/en13758811.htm

THE KINGS SURRENDER 9:15
West Coast Premiere (104 mins. 2014. Germany) Dir. Philipp Leinemann and Actor Ronald Zehrfeld (both in person).
More Info. http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf/prj/bby/fil/ger/en13759090.htm

SATURDAY, JAN 31

ALPHABET 11:00am
North American Premiere (109 mins. 2013. Austria, Germany) Dir. Erwin Wagenhofer
More Info. http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf/prj/bby/fil/auc/en13757462.htm

THIS LOVELY SHITTY LIFE 1:00
SF Premiere (86 mins. 2014. Germany. Filmed in Mexico) Dir. Doris Dörrie (in person)
More Info. http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf/prj/bby/fil/ger/en13759200.htm

I AM THE KEEPER 4:00
North American Premiere (92 mins. 2014. Switzerland) Dir. Sabine Boss (in person)
More Info. http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf/prj/bby/fil/sww/en13757464.htm

CENTERPIECE: EXIT MARRAKECH 7:00
California Premiere (122 mins. 2013. Germany. Filmed in Morocco) Dir. Caroline Link
More Info. http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf/prj/bby/fil/cpi/en13758812.htm

LATE SHOW: THE DARK VALLEY 10:00
(114 mins. 2014. Austria, Germany) Dir. Andreas Prochaska
More Info. http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf/prj/bby/fil/auc/en13757463.htm

SUNDAY, FEB 1

BELTRACCHI - THE ART OF FORGERY 11:00am
NorCal Premiere (90 mins. 2013. Germany) Dir. Arne Birkenstock
More Info. http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf/prj/bby/fil/ger/en13751448.htm

UNLIKELY HEROES 1:00
NorCal Premiere (94 mins. 2014. Switzerland) Dir. Peter Luisi (in person)
More Info. http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf/prj/bby/fil/sww/en13751493.htm

AMOUR FOU 3:30
West Coast Premiere (96 mins. 2014. Austria, Luxembourg, Germany) Dir. Jessica Hausner
More Info. More Info. http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf/prj/bby/fil/auc/en13757461.htm

BEST CHANCE 6:00
International Premiere (100 mins. 2014. Germany) Dir. Marcus H. Rosenmüller
More Info. http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf/prj/bby/fil/ger/en13759089.htm

CASTRO CLOSING NIGHT FILM: THE WHOLE SHEBANG 8:30
California Premiere (124 mins. 2014. Germany) Dir. Doris Dörrie and Actress Hannelore Elsner (both in person)
More Info. http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf/prj/bby/fil/cln/en13759079.htm

Visit BerlinBeyond.com for updates, film descriptions, trailers and online advance tickets. For tickets by phone, call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006. Questions? Email festival@sanfrancisco.goethe.org.

Admission Tickets: Regular Screenings: $13.00. Opening film (“To Life!”): $20.00. Spotlight ("Inbetween Worlds"), Centerpiece (“Exit Marrakech”) and Closing (“The Whole Shebang”) films are $15.00 each. — Discounts: $2.00 off for Seniors 65+, students and disabled individuals. $3.00 off for Berlin & Beyond members. — Packages: Opening Film + Party Package: $45.00. Castro Priority (all Castro screenings Jan. 29-Feb. 1): $200.00; $190.00 for Berlin & Beyond member. All foreign-language films will be presented with English subtitles.

 
     
   


MONDAY FEBRUARY 2 SPECIAL EVENT

"The Princess Bride" Quote-Along Party Screening with very special guest Cary Elwes 7:30, $27.50

A Quote-Along screening of “The Princess Bride” with Cary Elwes live in person? Inconceivable! But true! Lace up your boots, draw your swords, and call out your favorite lines as the film plays on the big screen at the beautiful Castro Theatre. And since everyone will receive a collection of props to bring the action to life, you’ll be able to wave your inflatable sword in the air when you cry out “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” After the movie, join the Action Pack’s Henri Mazza in an extended conversation and open floor discussion with the Dread Pirate Roberts himself. Prepare for a miracle, because this is true love. You think this happens every day?



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TUESDAY FEBRUARY 3 SPECIAL EVENT

SF Sketchfest Tribute to Penn & Teller 8:00, $30
In Conversation with Adam Savage

SF Sketchfest is thrilled to pay tribute to magic and comedy icons Penn & Teller, whose prolific partnership has yielded live shows, films, television series, books and countless awards. Their 14-year run at The Rio in Las Vegas makes them one of the longest running and most beloved shows in Las Vegas history, while their acclaimed Showtime series “Penn & Teller: BS!” was nominated for 13 Emmys and was the longest series in the history of the network. Throughout almost 40 years performing together, Penn & Teller have had sold out runs on Broadway, multiple world tours, written three New York Times bestsellers, and have created or appeared on countless television networks, including Emmy-winning specials for ABC, NBC and Comedy Central. They also produced two critically lauded documentaries, the comedian-studded “The Aristocrats” and most recently the spectacular “Tim’s Vermeer.” SF Sketchfest welcomes the brilliant magicians back to San Francisco where, in the 70’s and 80’s, they had a successful run at the erstwhile Phoenix theatre. Don’t miss this rare event with Penn & Teller in an evening of candid discussion, audience Q&A, video clips and a couple of Penn & Teller’s classic magic tricks performed live!



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THURSDAY FEBRUARY 5 SPECIAL EVENT

RiffTrax Night of the Shorts 5: A Good Day to Riff Hard with Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett and guests Todd Barry, John Hodgman, Paul F. Tompkins, Janet Varney and Cole Stratton 8:00, $30

Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" and Rifftrax.com return to SF Sketchfest for a fifth edition of RiffTrax Shorts -- the guys and their guests will take on some of the worst PSA, educational, scientific and promotional shorts of yesteryear, and riff them into submission.



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FRIDAY FEBRUARY 6 SPECIAL EVENT

SF Sketchfest Tribute: "Weird Al" Yankovic Moderated by Chris Hardwick with guests Garfunkel and Oates, Hard 'n Phirm and Jonah Ray 7:00, $30

SF Sketchfest is delighted to present a night of music, comedy and conversation with our SF Sketchfest Tribute to the inimitable "Weird Al" Yankovic. Moderated by Chris Hardwick, this evening will include clips, musical tributes by Hard 'n Phirm, Garfunkel and Oates and more, and a conversation and audience Q&A.



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FRIDAY FEBRUARY 6 SPECIAL EVENT

SF Sketchfest Tribute to Christopher Lloyd Live In Person
with 30th Anniversary screening of “Back to the Future”

9:30pm $25

Great Scott! It's a tribute to Christopher Lloyd! SF Sketchfest welcomes the phenomenal actor who began in theatre, moved into television with the legendary series "Taxi," and has appeared in some of cinema's most celebrated films, including "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest," "The Addams Family," "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," "Clue," and of course, "Back to the Future" (and its sequels), which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Join us for a conversation and Q&A with Mr. Lloyd, followed by a screening of one of the most beloved movies of all time. Tickets and Information at sfsketchfest.com.



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SATURDAY FEBRUARY 7 SPECIAL EVENT

"Misery Loves Comedy" screening and conversation/Q&A with Kevin Pollak, Scott Aukerman, Janeane Garofalo and Dana Gould 1:00, $15

Do you have to be miserable to be funny? Children cry Hey Look At Me, but who chooses that as a profession? Over fifty funny people, like Tom Hanks, Larry David, Jimmy Fallon, Judd Apatow, Amy Schumer, Lewis Black, Jason Reitman, Maria Bamford, Jim Gaffigan, Jim Jefferies, and more share pain-filled insights from a life in pursuit of laughter.

Benson Movie Interruption: Twilight - Breaking Dawn Pt. 1 with Doug Benson and surprise guests 4:20, $35 for the double feature, $20 for single feature

Comedian Doug Benson (“Super High Me,” “Last Comic Standing,” and the "Doug Loves Movies” podcast) and mystery comedy guests sit in the front row of the theater, mics in hand, and say whatever silly stuff pops into their heads while the sparkling immortal granddaddy of all tween fantasy franchises smolders through its final chapters: “Twilight- Breaking Dawn Parts 1 & 2.”



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SATURDAY FEBRUARY 7 SPECIAL EVENT

SF Sketchfest Tribute to VEEP with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale, Matt Walsh, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, Kevin Dunn, Gary Cole and Sam Richardson in person, moderated by Tim Goodman

7:30pm, $40

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SUNDAY FEBRUARY 8 SPECIAL EVENT

Benson Movie Interruption: Twilight - Breaking Dawn Pt. 2 with Doug Benson and surprise guests 4:20, $20

Comedian Doug Benson (“Super High Me,” “Last Comic Standing,” and the "Doug Loves Movies” podcast) and mystery comedy guests sit in the front row of the theater, mics in hand, and say whatever silly stuff pops into their heads while the sparkling immortal granddaddy of all tween fantasy franchises smolders through its final chapters: “Twilight - Breaking Dawn Parts 1 & 2.”

 
 
 
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