Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
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Sat, Oct 5, 2013

German Currents 2013
Double Feature! Reception & Directors Jan-Ole Gerster & Matt Sweetwood In Person!

Co-presented by the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles, in cooperation with Austrian Consulate General and the Consulate General of Switzerland; with support of Deutsche Welle (DW), German Films, The Friends of Goethe, and ELMA.

Discussion following OH BOY with director Jan-Ole Gerster. Discussion following BEERLAND with director Matt Sweetwood. Evening concludes with a reception in the courtyard for all ticket holders.
2012, Music Box Films, 83 min, Germany, Dir: Jan-Ole Gerster

Jan Ole Gerster's wry and vibrant feature debut OH BOY, which swept the 2013 German Film Awards, paints a day in the life of Niko, a twenty-something college dropout going nowhere fast. Niko lives for the moment as he drifts through the streets of Berlin, curiously observing everyone around him and oblivious to his growing status as an outsider. Then on one fateful day, through a series of absurdly amusing encounters, everything changes: his girlfriend rebuffs him, his father cuts off his allowance, and a strange psychiatrist dubiously confirms his "emotional imbalance." Meanwhile, a former classmate insists she bears no hard feelings toward him for his grade-school taunts when she was "Roly Poly Julia," but it becomes increasingly apparent that she has unfinished business with him. Unable to ignore the consequences of his passivity any longer, Niko finally concludes that he has to engage with life. Shot in timeless black and white and enriched with a snappy jazz soundtrack, this slacker dramedy is a love letter to Berlin and the Generation Y experience. In German with English subtitles.

2013, Global Screen, 85 min, Germany, Dir: Matt Sweetwood

Matt Sweetwood hails from the Midwest. Though he has lived in Germany for over ten years, the people and their culture remain a mystery to him. He undertakes a last-ditch attempt to figure the place out: by exploring the heart of German culture, their beer. If he delves into their rites and rituals, explores all the contradictions and stereotypes, will that make him, finally, a part of them? The infinite variety of beers, breweries and beer fests, the age-old history of beer, is more overwhelming than the American ever imagined. The trail of his research leads him to places far off the beaten tourist path, light-years away from the Oktoberfest. He encounters people whose dialect he barely understands. Amazingly, he finds that a country as small a Germany is subdivided into a thousand different tongues and customs, with beer as the common thread. He discovers a land full of oddities and contradictions. The Germans are deathly serious and silly at the same time, tradition-bound and weirdly visionary. Ultimately, he forms a real bond with them, finding friends where he least expected them. In German and English with English subtitles.

Screening formats: DCP (OH BOY) and Blu-ray (BEERLAND)
Egyptian Theatre • Sat, Oct 5, 2013 • 7:30pm

Films in this Series at the Egyptian

Opening Night Reception! U.S. Premiere! Composer Enis Rotthoff In Person!
Fri, Oct 4, 2013 - 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre
Family Matinee! See Echo Park Film Center's "Filmcicle!"
Sun, Oct 6, 2013 - 2:00pm
Egyptian Theatre
See Echo Park Film Center's "Filmcicle!" Actress Rayna Campbell In Person!
Sun, Oct 6, 2013 - 5:00pm
Egyptian Theatre
Pre-Screening Beer Reception!
Mon, Oct 7, 2013 - 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre