Lars Eidinger (left) in “The Bloom of Yesterday”
Lars Eidinger (left) in “The Bloom of Yesterday”

Berlin and Beyond fest features Holocaust and French resistance films

The Berlin and Beyond Film Festival, presented annually by the Goethe-Institut San Francisco, will this year feature a drama about the legacy of the Holocaust as its centerpiece film.

In “The Bloom of Yesterday (Die Blumen von Gestern),” the grandson of a Nazi war criminal who is a Holocaust scholar takes on an intern who is the granddaughter of a Holocaust victim. The unusual pair bonds over familial legacies and stumbles toward romance.

The film will have its San Francisco premiere on Feb. 10 at the Castro Theatre, with actor Lars Eidinger in attendance.

Another World War II drama, “Paradise,” is a Russian-German co-production involving three people who cross paths: Olga, a Russian aristocratic emigrant and member of the French Resistance; Jules, a French collaborator; and Helmut, a German SS officer. The film shows Feb. 13 at the Goethe-Institut.

The festival highlighting German cinema runs Feb. 9-15. For a list of screenings and locations, visit