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In Brief: Berlin and Beyond 2001

One of the most unique German language film festivals on the West Coast, the Berlin and Beyond film festival provides Bay Area moviegoers with a chance to enjoy recent European cinema of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Presented by the Goethe Institut in San Francisco, the festival runs from January 19-25, 2001 at the Castro Theatre.

Almost all the films in the series will be making their premieres in the Bay Area, and several filmmakers and film crewmembers will appear in person to introduce their work to the public.

Highlights of the festival include Andreas Dresen’s latest film The Policewoman, a gripping portrait of a young woman who brings a touch of humanity to her job as a policewoman in a small town in East Germany. (Mr. Dresen’s Changing Skins was at B&B 1998, and Nightshapes at B&B 1999). A special tribute to Dorris Dörrie includes her films Am I Beautiful?, Straight through the Heart and her latest work Enlightment Guaranteed, which takes two brothers from Germany to a month-long stay at a Buddhist monastery in Japan. Also reviewed at filmcritic.com is the odd drama Perfect Site. Link to our interview with the filmmakers by clicking here.

Documentary highlights include Out of Tibet by Solveig Klaßen, a fascinating love story between unlikely partners: a punk musician from Berlin and a Tibetan Lama. filmcritic.com spoke with Klaßen about this remarkable fable.

Another celebrated screening at the festival is the newly restored print of Madame Dubarry, Ernst Lubitsch’s silent masterpiece starring Pola Negri and Emil Jannings.

Visit Berlin & Beyond by visiting its web site.

Scenes from afar.

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