German Gems 2012: A Showcase for German-language Films in San Francisco, Saturday, January 14, 2012 and Point Arena, Sunday, January 15, 2012
The 3rd German Gems film festival opens as the first Bay Area film festival of 2012 and is a two-day showcase of important new German-language films that are hard to find on any US movie screen, except at the fabulous Castro Theatre in San Francisco. Curated by Ingrid Eggers, the founder and force behind German Gems, this jam-packed Kinotag will offer four narrative features and a documentary, all in German with English subtitles (with a Happy Hour squeezed in), a selection of which will travel to Point Arena’s charming Arena Theatre on the Mendocino Coast this Sunday.
Saturday (at the Castro) will start with a documentary about nuclear power plants in Germany. Gloriously shot on 35mm and Cinemascope UNDER CONTROL takes us to control rooms and storage spaces deep under the earth, to dump sites and ruins of an eerie, science-fiction like world of nuke plants. The screening will be followed by a discussion with international speakers and the local chapter of the Sierra Club, the co-presenter of this event.
Several of the films on the program are by young filmmakers at the beginning of their careers, a recurring focus of all programs curated by Festival Director Ingrid Eggers over the years. NO WAY HOME, an impressive graduation film by Andreas Kannengießer from HFF Konrad Wolf in Potsdam, is a touching story about two lost souls, both in their sixties, who find each other and then a way out of their hardship. WESTWIND, the third feature by talented Robert Thalheim (NETTO, AND ALONG COME TOURISTS) takes us to Lake Balaton in Hungary a year before the Berlin Wall comes down. Twin sisters Doreen and Isabel from East Germany are supposed to practice rowing all summer but then one of them falls in love – with a West German.
Following a happy hour with drinks and snacks, Jan Schomburg returns to the Castro. After presenting his short NEVER EVEN in 2005, Jan is back with his award winning debut feature ABOVE US ONLY SKY, acclaimed as one of the genuine highlights of the Berlin Film Festival 2011.
German Gems will conclude with TABOO, a radical portrait of forbidden love between two young and very gifted artists―expressionist poet Georg Trakl and his sister Grete. This engaging film from Vienna in set in Austria around the turn of the century, a hotbed for art, literature, psychoanalysis, glamour, pretense, sex and scandals.
Stay tuned to ARThound for more information.
Read ARThound’s interview with Ingrid Eggers, German Gems founder here.
FILMS AT THE CASTRO, Saturday, January 14, 2012
11 am UNDER CONTROL
Buy tickets for Under Control
2:15 pm WAY HOME
Preceded by FLAMINGO PRIDE
Buy tickets for No Way Home and Flamingo Pride
4:30 pm ABOVE US ONLY SKY
Buy tickets for Above Us Only Sky
6:15 – 7:15 pm HAPPY HOUR – Meet and Schmooze with the Filmmakers
Buy tickets for the Happy Hour
7:30 pm WESTWIND
Buy tickets for Westwind
9:30 pm TABOO – THE SOUL IS A STRANGER ON EARTH
Preceded by MARLENE’S BERLIN
Buy tickets for Taboo and Marlene’s Berlin
Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Street (@ Market), San Francisco, CA
FILMS IN POINT ARENA, Sunday January 15, 2012
2 pm WAY HOME
Buy tickets for Way Home and Flamingo Pride at the Arena Theatre
4 pm ABOVE US ONLY SKY
Buy tickets for Above Us Only Sky at the Arena Theatre
7:30 pm WESTWIND
Buy tickets for Westwind at the Arena Theatre
Arena Theatre, 214 Main Street, Point Arena, CA
Highway One (between Sea Ranch & Mendocino)
TICKET INFO: Tickets may prucahsed in advance or at the Castro and Arena Theatres on the day of the screening.
429 Castro Street (@ Market), San Francisco, CA
$50 Day Pass for General Admission (includes happy hour)
$40 Day Pass for Seniors (62+)/ Students (includes happy hour)
$10 General Admission
$8 Seniors/ Students
$15 Happy Hour from 6:15 – 7:15pm
214 Main Street, Point Arena, CA
(between Sea Ranch & Mendocino)
$8 General Admission
$7 Seniors/ Students
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