German Film Festival

German Currents, San Diego’s premier Festival of German language films, will showcase four award-winning screenings that encompass a broad range of topics during its second German Film Festival. All films are presented in German, with English subtitles. Learn more

Saturday, October 6, 6:30 pm
Gala Opening Night with Reception
$30 General
Leading actress Alina Levshin will attend the reception.
2012 German Film Awards: Best Film (Bronze), Best Screenplay, Best Actress
Marisa, a young, attractive German woman, hates foreigners, police, politicians, capitalists and everyone she deems guilty for the decline of her country. The only place she feels at home is with the Neo-Nazi gang she belongs to, where hate, violence, and hefty parties are the order of the day. Marisa’s convictions slowly evolve when she meets a young Afghan refugee. Confronted with him, she will learn that the black and white principles of her gang are not the only way.
Sunday, October 7, 1:30 pm
$14 General, $12 MOPA Members, Students and Seniors with ID
In 1988, twins Doreen and Isa, two young future club rowers from a village in East Germany, are allowed to go on a trip to a foreign socialist country. During their vacation at Lake Balaton in Hungary they meet a group of young men from the West-German city of Hamburg and Doreen falls in love with Arne. On the verge of the most pivotal moment of their young lives, the twins learn that they cannot share everything and some decisions must be made alone.
Sunday, October 7, 4:00 pm
$14 General, $12 MOPA Members, Students and Seniors with ID
The film portraits an absorbingly detailed snapshot of a troubled family. Marko, a thirty-something author in Berlin, leaves the city with his son Zowie to visit his parents in their countryside home. Upon arrival, he finds his small family filled with announcements — the biggest being that his mother, Gitte, has ceased her longfollowed course of medication for manic depression. Soon buried truths surface and Gitte takes a dramatic action that tests the already strained relations among the family.
Sunday, October 7, 7:00 pm
$14 General, $12 MOPA Members, Students and Seniors with ID
Set in the world of theater, this psychological drama revolves around a novice actress named Fine who, despite the general consensus that she lacks talent, is cast by renowned director Kaspar Friedmann for the main role of his student staging of “Camille.” The sometimes cruel theater environment forces her to descend into the dark recesses of her very core where she is to find the requisite intensity to perform. As she takes on a new identity to accomplish the task, Fine becomes a participant in a dangerous game.