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Did you buy tickets to the NBFF German Spotlight Event? Win a Pair and Go for Free!

NBFF German Spotlight Movie & European Showcase Party  – May 1, 2018

The 19th Newport Beach Film Festival has already started and is delighting Orange County film aficionados since April 26. If you are interested in viewing the German Spotlight movie “My Blind Date With Life”, then you are just in time to read our post.

WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS to attend both, movie & party, for Free

We have a pair of tickets to give away that will allow you not only to see the movie but also attend the German Spotlight/European Showcase Celebration after the film screening!

Please send an email to californiagermans[at]gmail.com and put “German Spotlight Event Free Tickets” in the subject line. We will choose one random winner out of the first 10 emails we receive.

DIDN’T WIN the Free Tickets – USE special CODE to save $10

Tickets for the Movie & Party are usually $ 45. You can see only the movie for $20. If you haven’t won our free tickets you can still be part of the event and save $10 when you buy tickets with our Discount code: FPTENOFF 

Purchase your tickets soon. The code will only be credited until April 30th!

WHAT’S “My Blind Date With Life” ABOUT?

The film follows a young man whose dreams seem out of reach, as his vision is rapidly fading. With much determination and a sly best friend, he manages to fool the world and get an impossible apprenticeship at the fanciest hotel in Munich. His carefully formed façade begins to crumble when he falls in love with a young woman, who may jeopardize the job of his dreams.

Based on a true story, My Blind Date with Life (In German with English subtitles) is directed by Marc Rothemund and stars Kostja Ullmann, Jacob Matschenz, Anna Maria Mühe, Johann Von Bulow, and Nilam Farooq.

WHEN:  Tuesday, May 1, Time: 7:30 pm to 9:21 pm

WHERE: Triangle Square, Costa Mesa

AFTER PARTY: At Time Nightclub, 1875 Newport Blvd B245
Costa Mesa, CA 92627   – Start Time: 9:30pm

BUY TICKETS HERE – Use Code FPTENOFF to receive $10 off.

Credits: Newport Beach Film Festival




Berlin and Beyond Film Festival in San Francisco: Feb 9-15, 2018

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Listen Up, Everyone! Berlin & Beyond – The German Film Festival is Coming to Town

On Friday, 09 February 2018, the Berlin and Beyond Film Festival, presented annually by the Goethe- Institut San Francisco, will kick off its 22nd year at San Francisco’s historic and iconic Castro Theatre (February 9th-11th). Expect red carpet premieres, with actors and filmmakers in attendance, along with screenings – for the first time – at Landmark Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley on February 12th, and at the auditorium of the Goethe-Institut in Downtown San Francisco from February 13th-15th.

With an annual attendance of more than 10,000 film-goers, the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival has been the leading festival of contemporary German cinema in the Americas since 1996, and has presented more than 500 motion pictures, along with the presence of celebrated film figures, including Fatih Akin, Moritz Bleibtreu, Daniel Brühl, Hannelore Elsner, Florian David Fitz, Bruno Ganz, Maria Schrader, Barbara Sukowa, and Wim Wenders.


The opening night film, Welcome to Germany (Willkommen bei den Hartmanns), begins at 6:30pm on Friday, 09 February 2018 (a Northern California premiere). In the film, a well-off Munich family offers boarding to Diallo, a refugee from Nigeria. Their lives are tested when they have to face racism, bureaucracy, and terror suspicions because of him. A timely social comedy, Welcome to Germany, was the highest grossing German film at the local box office in 2016 and first part of 2017 with more than 3.5 million admissions. The film’s Writer and Director, Simon Verhoeven, will be in attendance.


The festival’s Centerpiece Film, The Bloom of Yesterday (Die Blumen von Gestern), directed by Chris Kraus, will enjoy its San Francisco Premiere at 6:30pm on Saturday, Feb 10th at the Castro Theater. In this film starring: Lars Eidinger, Adèle Haenel, Jan Josef Liefers, and Hannah Herzsprung a Holocaust scholar (who is secretly the grandson of a Nazi war criminal), takes on an intern who is the granddaughter of a Holocaust victim. The mismatched pair bond over familial legacies and stumble towards romance.

Lars Eidinger (Personal Shopper, Clouds of Sils Maria), who plays Totila Blumen, will be in attendance.


Also celebrating a San Francisco premiere is the Castro closing night film, Egon Schiele: Death and the Maiden (Egon Schiele: Tod und Mädchen), directed by Dieter Berner, and starring Noah Saavedra, Maresi Riegner, Valerie Pachner, and Marie Jung.

This film takes us to the beginning of the 20th century when Egon Schiele was one of the most provocative artists in Vienna. His life and work are driven by beautiful women and an era that is coming to an end. Two women will have a lasting impact on him – his sister and first muse Gerti, and 17-year-old Wally, arguably Schiele’s one true love, immortalized in his famous painting “Death and the Maiden”. Schiele’s radical paintings scandalize Viennese society, and Schiele is also prepared to sacrifice love and life for his art.

The Castro closing night film will screen on Sunday, February 11th, at 8:30pm.

Tickets and passes are available online through Brown Paper Tickets, and at select venues. Visit www.berlinbeyond.com to view the film schedule, to purchase tickets, and for more information about the festival and venues, including helpful transit and parking hints!

See you there at #BerlinBeyond22 !

The Venues:
Castro Theater (Feb. 09-11) 429 Castro Street (at Market) San Francisco CA 94114
Landmark Theatres Shattuck Cinemas (Feb. 12) 2230 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley CA 94704
Goethe-Institut Auditorium (Feb. 13-15) 530 Bush Street (street entry, near Grant) San Francisco CA 94108

CREDITS: Images Courtesy Berlin & Beyond Film Festival, Photo Copyrights (see underneath images):  ©Warner Bros Entertainment, ©Edith Held/DOR FILM-WEST/Four Minutes Filmproduktion/DOR Film, ©Novotny & Novotny Filmproduktion


Christopher Chin is an accomplished underwater videographer and writer who has traveled extensively and speaks several languages. He studied German at the University of California, Berkeley, and quickly fell in love with the German language, culture and people. In early 2006, Christopher co-founded The Center for Oceanic Awareness, Research, and Education (COARE), and currently serves as its Executive Director.

Christopher is an internationally recognized expert in ocean policy and conservation issues, and has provided valuable and persuasive testimony to various governing and legislative bodies in the U.S. and in Canada, and he has had the privilege of addressing the General Assembly of the United Nations on two separate occasions.



“STORM”- German Film Opening November 13th in L.A.

The  film STORM, by the awarding-winning German writer/director Hans-Christian Schmid, whose last film Requiem won the German Film Critics Award for Best Film will be opening on November 13th in Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Irvine.

STORM tells the powerful story of a determined female prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague, who is trying to prosecute war crimes committed during the Yugoslavian War, but must confront hidden enemies and threats on the path to finding justice.  STORM
STORM, which includes the up-and-coming German actor Alexander Fehling, as well as Kerry Fox, Anamaria Marinca, and Stephen Dillane, has been an incredible critical success and was this year’s winner of the Prize of the Guild of German Art House Cinemas, the Reader Jury of the “Berliner Morgenpost” at the Berlin International Film Festival, the Bernhard Wicki Film Award for Best Film at the Munich Film Festival, and the Amnesty International Film Prize.
STORM will be opening in Los Angeles on Friday, November 13th at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, and at the Regal Westpark 8 in Irvine.