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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




Newport Beach Film Festival – German Spotlight Event

IMG_1312NBFF 2016 – German Spotlight Event

Warning: We’re being watched!  With over 350 independent and international films, as well as nightly gala events and industry seminars, this year’s Newport Beach Film Festival offered a rich variety of events in which art, entertainment, and cultural fans could partake in.

I personally had the honor to attend this year’s German Spotlight, which took place on Tuesday, April 26.  This spotlight is especially dear to my heart since I was an event coordinator for it last year when the German film got finally re-introduced to the Newport Beach Film Festival after seven years of absence.  This year, I was curious to see how it feels like to “only” attend as a guest.  I was very much looking forward to sitting back, relaxing, and witnessing some great German filmmaking.  The evening did not disappoint.

This year’s spotlight movie One Breath literally took my breath away.  The film plot is concerned with two women of complete opposite backgrounds whose lives cross paths.  One is wealthy Tessa, who seems to have it all: a great career, a good-looking husband, and one-and-a-half-year old daughter Lotte.  Elena, on the other hand, escapes from Greek, where she had no perspective, leaving her boyfriend behind to move to Frankfurt for a better life, where she finds out that she is pregnant.  She starts working for Tessa as a nanny, but quickly realizes that the seemingly perfect life and the nice apartment Tessa and her family live in is really only pretense.  Tessa appears to be very controlling, and Elena also gets to witness that Tessa’s marriage and life is far from perfect. One fateful afternoon, both Elena’s and Tessa’s lives change dramatically when Lotte disappears while Elena was taking care of her.  Overwhelmed with the situation, Elena flees back to Greece.  Tessa, who is convinced that Elena took the child, travels to Athens, trying to find her and hopefully Lotte.  Unfortunately in this movie, there is only a happy ending for one of the women!  

One Breath definitely deserved to be selected as the German Spotlight film.  It delivers very strong performances by its actors, especially Jördis Triebel as Tessa and Chara Mata Giannatou as Elena convince in their roles.  The movie really pulled viewers deep into its tragic story, and once the final movie credits were being displayed on the big screen, I had a hard time transitioning to party mode for the after-gala.  I was still sucked into the movie plot, trying to understand why one character deserved a better ending than the other.  

IMG_1314Once I arrived at the German Spotlight after-gala, which was held at SoCo and hosted by Design Within Reach, my mood finally changed.  Loud music was popping out of the design store which got perfectly transformed into an amazing party venue with a DJ, live performances, amazing food from Orange County’s premier restaurants and drinks provided by festival sponsors.  I was most amazed by this year’s ice sculpture which was displayed right at the front and had all four spotlight countries engraved.  Of course, I had to take a couple of fun pictures with it.  The food was really amazing as well; I indulged in beef tacos, tomato soup, and mini cake bites.  

All in all, I was more than impressed about what this year’s Newport Beach Film Festival had put together for the European Showcase Spotlight night.  It is great to know that the German movie has made it back to the event for the second year in a row, and I am personally looking forward to more great European filmmaking being celebrated in Orange County.

Images & video footage: ©Anne-Kathrin Schulte

Anne-KathrinAnne-Kathrin Schulte, is a contributor for CaliforniaGermans.com. She writes on her personal experience of the American Dream as well as on working as an au pair in CA. She was born and grew up in Düsseldorf, Germany, where she completed her degree as a state-approved Kindergarten teacher. After her au pair engagement in the US and a quick return to Germany she decided to attend university in California and moved back to the United States. She lives in Southern California since 2011.

If you would like to contact Anne-Kathrin, please send an email to californiagermans(at)gmail.com and place her name in the subject line.



17th Annual Newport Beach Film Fest – German Spotlight



In a couple of weeks it’s time for the annual Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF). A Festival that brings to Orange County the best of classic and contemporary filmmaking from around the world. This year the Festival will run from April 21st – April 28th and will spotlight over 350 films from around the world.

On Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 the NBFF will present its German Spotlight, an evening celebration of German cinema and culture. The event will feature the Regional Premiere of the highly anticipated German film, One Breath (Ein Atem) followed by a festive post-screening reception. The film centers on a greek nanny and a career-driven mother in Frankfurt who collide in this thrilling drama from German director Christian Zübert. When a child disappears the two women are forced to confront their fears and responsibilities. One Breath (Ein Atem) (In German with English subtitles.) is directed by Christian Zübert and stars Chara Mata Giannatou, Jördis Triebel, Benjamin Sadler, Apostolis Totsikas and Nike Maria Vassil.

The German Spotlight film will screen on Tuesday, April 26th 2016 at 8:15 p.m. at Starlight Triangle Cinemas (1870 Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa, CA 92627). The post-screening celebration will take place at 10:00 p.m. at Design Within Reach – SOCO (3303 Hyland Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92626). The evening will include several of Orange County’s top restaurants serving signature tastings, multiple DJs, live entertainment, a special performance by Orange County Aerial Arts, hosted bar by Stella Artois Beer, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

Admission to the German Spotlight film One Breath and the post-screening party is $45.00. Post-screening party only is $25.00/ Film screening only is $20.00.   CaliforniaGermans readers enjoy a $5 discount with a special promo code:  GERMAN2016

For ticket information and updates visit www.NewportBeachFilmFest.com 






German Spotlight Movie at Newport Beach Film Festival – April 28, 2015


Who Am I – No System Is Safe

Who Am I – Kein System ist sicher is a 2014 German thriller directed by Baran bo Odar and will be shown in the German Spotlight at the Newport Beach Film Festival next Tuesday, April 28, 2015!

The movie revolves around a computer hacker group in Berlin that seeks global fame. On the way to becoming iconic on the internet the group suddenly attracts the attention of the German Secret Service. The search for getting some fame turns into a race to escape the law enforcement.

Who Am I – No System is Safe was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. The film was shot in Berlin and Rostock. (wikipedia)

German Spotlight at Film Festival in Newport Beach

It’s been some time that there was a special German Spotlight at the Newport Beach Film Festival; so if you live in Orange County and surrounding areas, get out there and support our German filmmakers!

Tickets are regularly $45 and include the European Showcase Party (Food, DJ, Open Bar) after the movie  at SOCO in Costa Mesa. Get a $5 Movie Discount with the Code NBFFEURO !

WHAT :    Movie “Who Am I – Kein System Ist Sicher/No System is Safe”

WHEN:     April 28, 2015 at 7:30pm plus after-party at SOCO

WHERE:  Newport Film Festival – Movie Theatre at Triangle Square,                        .                    Costa Mesa

TICKETS: here – or at www.NewportBeachFilmFest.com

DISCOUNT CODE:  NBFFEURO ($5 off movie ticket)



Source: wikipedia, Newport Film Festival