German film fest in S.F. includes Jewish offering

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“Hanna’s Journey,” a film about a young German woman who goes to Israel to work in a home for mentally and physically disabled individuals, will make its U.S. debut at the Berlin and Beyond Film Festival in San Francisco.

The 2013 film, co-presented by the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, will screen at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 16 at the Castro Theatre.

In the film, Hanna meets Itai, an Israeli social worker who baits her with Holocaust jokes and comments on German history, all the while flirting with her. Initially offended, Hanna slowly becomes more interested in German history and the history of her own family.

The Berlin and Beyond Film Festival runs Jan. 15 to 21, with screenings at the Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., and Goethe-Institut, 530 Bush St. For details on the festival, go to visit