Film + Opera + Rave

present… ‘MEPHISTO’ (1981) + ‘FAUST’ Opera, Saturday 8th December 2012

The Berlin Film Society and Kiez Oper are excited to present a very unique Christmas event. Combining István Szabó’s 1981 Oscar-winning film, ‘MEPHISTO’, with live performances from Charles Gounod’s 1851 grand opera, ‘FAUST’, the Berlin Film Society and Kiez Oper will create a new cross-medium narrative inspired by Goethe’s original 1808 text, befittingly hosted in Kreuzberg’s very own Faust-inspired club, GRETCHEN.

Gounod’s opera will serve as a provocative prelude and postlude to Szabó’s critically-acclaimed film, offering an operatic extension to the central themes explored in the film  and boasting a cast from the International Studio at the Staatsoper!

To accompany the dark and sinister flavours of the evening, the new Berlin-based liquor, PIJÖKEL 55, will serve complimentary welcome drinks from 7pm. The after party (from 11:30pm) at Gretchen is equally as eclectic, featuring the finest drum’n’bass in the city!

Date: Saturday 8th December 2012
Time: 19:00 Drinks Reception|| 20:00 Opera Performance Part I || 20:30 Film || 22:45 Opera Performance Part II || 23:30 Gretchen After Party
Location: Gretchen, Obentrautstr. 19-21, 10963
Tickets (€12)

Exclusive International Preview Screening!
Thursday 8th November @ Betahaus, Kreuzberg

Our friendly neighbors of the Berlin Film Society are extremely excited to present an exclusive, advanced screening of Ben Wheatley’s new comedy, ‘Sightseers’ – 3 weeks before it premieres in the UK and a whole season before the Spring 2013 German release! The film is a “very British blend of quirky character-comedy and homicidal violence [and] has all the makings of a midnight-movie cult classic” (The Hollywood Reporter). It was one of the most talked about films when it premiered at Cannes earlier this year and made waves at the Toronto International Film Festival last month. This Berlin screening celebrates the best of British black comedy. Be prepared to be both horrified and entertained throughout.

“Flesh-creepingly funny”

“The most consistently hilarious Brit-com for a good half-decade – probably since Edgar Wright’s Hot Fuzz”

Thursday 8th November 2012

7:00pm : Classic British G&Ts, Yorkshire Tea, Biscuits, and FEELING GLOOMY DJ Set
8:30pm : Film screening

Location: Betahaus, Prinzessinnenstrasse 19-20, 10969 Berlin

THE SMALLS FILM FESTIVAL – Exclusive Berlin Screening

Thursday 11th October 2012 at THE WYE

Our friends of the Berlin Film Society are proud to present an exclusive Berlin screening of one of the UK’s best short film festivals, THE SMALLS. The festival is now in its seventh year and takes place in London over five days (17-21 Sept). The Berlin Film Society has been invited to attend and curate its own special programme of short films chosen from the shortlisted entries.

The festival categories include Drama, Documentary, Music, and Comedy, and the Society will select the ‘best of’ from each category.

The Berlin screening will be a celebration of the most creative, ambitious and forward-thinking filmmaking in modern independent cinema and we are very excited to be showcasing a strong variety of short films from this international festival.

Kate Tancred, Managing Director of THE SMALLS, will be in conversation with founder and director of the Society, Jack Howard, after the screening, followed by an audience Q&A.

Join us from 7pm for drinks and complimentary delicious British canapés.


Over the last seven years the film festival has grown from a 2-day showcase of short films screened on video iPods, all the way back in 2006, to a 5-day extravaganza of film screenings, panel discussions and master classes, with the involvement of some of the leading innovators in independent filmmaking today. From a selection of incredible entries our esteemed judging panel, including: Elliot Grove (Founder of Raindance Film Festival), Scott Horscroft (VP of A&R Labels, EMI), Derek Thorne (Director of One World Media) and Steve North (General Manager, Dave & Gold at UKTV), has determined which films will be included in this year’s program.
More info and details of the shortlisted films here.


THE WYE is a creative institution in the heart of Kreuzberg supporting artistic individuals and startups. Studios, live residencies, a gallery, lounge, library and kantine host local and international talents across all disciplines. Programming includes exhibitions, events, public art and educational classes.


Established during the Berlin International Film Festival in 2012, the Berlin Film Society organises monthly cinematic experiences, as well as international ‘pop-up’ film events.

Each month a specific theme, motif, director, or idea will be explored within the films that are screened. From Director Q&As and retrospectives, to themed culinary experiences and live music events, the Society aims to create a whole new approach to experiencing film.

THE SMALLS FILM FESTIVAL – Exclusive Berlin Screening

Thursday 11th October 2012 at THE WYE Skalitzer Strasse 86, 10997 Berlin

Tickets: €10

Berlin Film Society is kick-starting the Autumn programme with their biggest, most extravagant event to date. A very special screening of Federico Fellini’s masterpiece, ‘LA DOLCE VITA’, in the stunning surroundings of a soon-to-be renovated, neo-Gothic Church, Friday 7th September.

The event starts at 7pm and will feature a very unique pre-film line-up, including church organ and trumpet jazz, and an exclusively commissioned fashion show hosted by Emilio El-Lauren, showcasing one of Berlin’s most exciting Italian designers: MOGA E MAGO.

To accompany the pre-film programme, Fratelli la Bufala restaurant will serve fine Italian canapés, whist a variety of drinks will be served (including complimentary welcome drinks, courtesy of BORCO).

More infos here


Berlin Film Society presents…

The Summer Edition of the world’s biggest pop-up film festival in one of Berlin’s best open-air cinemas:

On Saturday 14th July, the Berlin Film Society will host the world’s biggest pop-up film festival in one of Berlin’s best open-air cinemas, Freiluftkino Insel im Cassiopeia. The Summer Season of the Future Shorts Film Festival is an exciting mix of new, award-winning short films from around the world.

The program includes gems like Tampere Film Festival winner WE’LL BECOME OIL by Mihai Grecu, one of the audience darlings of this years 8th Berlin International Directors Lounge.

see you there