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German Currents San Diego – Festival of German Film Presented by German American San Diego Foundation

Opening Film 2014 Announced

We are excited to announce that Andreas Prochaska's DAS FINSTERE TAL (Dark Valley) has been selected as the Opening Film for the 4th Annual San Diego German Film Festival!

Dark Valley is the story of a stranger who arrives in a European high mountain village where he's allowed to stay before the harsh winter. He introduces himself as a photographer from America, but nobody suspects he's there to settle a score long since forgotten by everyone but him.

The film will be presented in German with English subtitles.


Bosch returns as premier 2014 Festival sponsor

German Currents San Diego (GCSD) is delighted to announce that BSH Home Appliances Corp. (Bosch) will, again, be the premier sponsor of the 2014 Festival of German Film in San Diego on October 11 and 12. GCSD appreciates the commitment of Bosch’s President and CEO Michael Traub and his team to help GCSD achieve its goal of bringing the art and craft of German filmmaking to the attention of a Southern California audience during annual Festivals of German Film.


Spotlight on: “4th Annual Festival of German Film” October 11th & 12th 2014

Have you ever dreamed of traveling to Germany?

Start right here in San Diego, with a night out in our very own Balboa Park. Explore and immerse yourself in German culture with a visit to the “4th Annual Festival of German Film”, no passport required! We invite you to join us for this two night celebration of German film, food, and friends!

Mark your calendars for the second weekend of October, and stay tuned for more details.

We look forward to having a beer and bratwurst with you!

Auf Wiedersehen!

The German Currents Festival Team


German Currents San Diego starts Film Night Series

Thanks to the ongoing success of the Annual German Film Festival in October, we are proud to announce German Currents Film Nights. This German-language film series will strive to bring new perspectives and films by filmmakers from Germany to an audience in San Diego. The first kick-off event on February 16th will mark the start of the series. Please help make it a success. We are planning to add more screenings and events in the upcoming month.

Tobias Queck

Program Director,

German Currents San Diego


German Currents San Diego successfully concludes 3rd Annual Festival of German Film

As in previous years, the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in Balboa Park was the backdrop for the October 5 red-carpet Gala of the 3rd Annual Festival of German Film. After a “thank you” reception for the Film Festival sponsors, which was also attended by interim San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, the Festival opened with the award-winning movie “Measuring the World” (“Die Vermessung der Welt”), directed by Detlev Buck, one of the most important filmmakers working in Germany. “Measuring the World” is based on Daniel Kehlmann’s 2005 best-selling novel of the same name.


Composer Enis Rotthoff to attend festival opening night

Measuring the World composer Enis Rotthoff has agreed to attend the opening night of the German Currents Film Festival in San Diego on October 5th. Enis is is a composer and music producer with his unique approach to film scoring. His close collaboration with the filmmakers is the basis for a true cinematic concept and the inspiration for creating a musical language for the film. Whenever possible, he likes to combine and blend orchestral instruments with modern instruments and electronics.


Opening Film for GERMAN CURRENTS 2013 selected

Detlev Buck's "Die Vermessung der Welt" (Measuring the World) will be the opening film of the 2013 German Currents: Annual Festival of German Film in San Diego. "Die Vermessung der Welt" follows the two brilliant and eccentric scientists Alexander von Humboldt and Carl Friedrich Gauss on their life paths.

Find more information about the film here:
» DIE VERMESSUNG DER WELT (Measuring the World)


German Currents welcomes actress Elisabeth Röhm as moderator

Elisabeth RöhmThe popular German-American actress, best-known as Serena Southerlyn in Law and Order, will moderate the October 5th 2013 Opening Film and Gala at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA).

Elisabeth Röhm was born in Düsseldorf, West Germany, and moved with her family to New York City before her first birthday. The German-American television star grew up in Bedford, New York and started her career as an actress in Law and Order (2001 – 2005). Besides being a popular actress, and the the mother of a 5-year old girl, Easton, she recently launched her book "Baby Steps."

The Festival's moderator attended St. Andrew's-Sewanee School, a small private boarding school in Tennessee, then graduated from Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied writing and European History. She graduated in 1991 with a main focus on World War II.


3rd German Film Festival 2013

3rd German Film Festival will return to MOPA in San Diego on October 5 and 6, 2013

German Currents San Diego celebrates its 3rd German Film Festival on October 5 and 6, 2013 at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park.  The 2013 Festival has been moved under the auspices of the German American San Diego Foundation, formed in January 2013 by a group of German and American companies from various industries with the mission to connect the German American community through innovation, culture, and business. The Foundation has filed for 501 (c)(3) status.


We hope you have enjoyed the Festival

Our 2nd German Film Festival at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) has come to an end and we are looking forward to returning in 2013.

On October 6 and 7, fans of German movies saw "Combat Girls" ("Kriegerin"), "Westwind,"
"Home for the Weekend" ("Was bleibt"), and "Cracks in the Shell" ("Die Unsichtbare"). Opening night attendees also met Alina Levshin, the star of "Combat Girls," who garnered Best Actress awards at the German Film Awards and the Sao Paulo International Film Festival.


German Currents 2012 festival trailer

Watch the official German Currents 2012 festival trailer created by German director Boris Schaarschmidt.

Short Bio: Boris Schaarschmidt graduated in 2007 from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles earning an MFA in Directing. Before studying at AFI he worked in different areas of the film industry and studied cinematography at the Dortmund University of Applied Science in Germany. In the past years Boris worked on several projects as writer, editor and director while his films were screened numerous times in film festivals around the world.


German Currents releases list of German Film Festival Movies!

SAN DIEGO, September 7th – 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 2nd German Film Festival on October 6 and 7, 2012 at the 226-seat Joan & Irwin Jacobs Theatre at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego’s historic Balboa Park. The Festival offers an exciting opportunity for audiences to encounter vital perspectives through the lens of different cultures and view points.


Message from the German Honorary Consul

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of the Federal Republic of Germany
San Diego

Dr. Stephan Hollmann


2nd German Film Festival takes place in San Diego

I am pleased to extend my support of the 2nd German Film Festival in San Diego to be held on October 6 and 7, 2012 at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in Balboa Park.

The Festival builds on the success of the 2011 Festival which drew an enthusiastic audience of more than 1,000 movie goers. Exposing San Diegans to the art and range of German filmmaking by showing the work of German screenwriters, filmmakers and actors to an international audience is the goal.


Message from the GACC California

Cinema is one of the most powerful cross-cultural tools giving us a glimpse into new worlds and unfamiliar territories. This is exactly what movie goers experience when they attend the German Currents Film Festival. In the previous year, the festival featured movies that range from amusing and thoughtful themes as portrayed in “Almanya” to rather provocative ones as explored in “Drei”. Further, the chance to interact with the actors and members of the production teams is one of the Festivals absolute highlights.


New Films from Germany 2012

New Films from Germany at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in Balboa Park October 6 and 7, 2012

Be an integral part of the German Currents San Diego Film Festival 2012!

German Currents San Diego celebrates German culture and furthers the art and craft of filmmaking by advocating the work of screenwriters, filmmakers, and actors. The festival aspires to attract a diverse audience with an event that conquers culture and language barriers.

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