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German Currents Film Night San Diego - June 5th, 2014
Digital Gym Cinema
San Diego, CA
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German Currents Film Night San Diego - June 5th, 2014
The new German-language Film Night series is presented by the German Currents San Diego Film Festival and the German American San Diego Foundation.

THURSDAY, June 5th, 2014
7:00 PM | Digital Gym Cinema
"DAS SYSTEM" (The System)
Germany | 2011 | 92 Min | German w/English subtitles.
Film is suited for children 12 years and older.

In person:
Screenwriter Dörte Franke will be available for Questions & Answers after the film.

$10.50  General Admission
$8.50  Students, Seniors, Children (12 and under) and Members of German American San Diego

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Film Synopsis:
Starring the captivating Jacob Matschenz, The System is a self-assured fiction feature debut about a young man who is seduced by power and money when he crosses paths with former agents of the East German secret police. The once popular seaside town of Rostock, now a bit empty and much less alluring, is where this 20-year-old lives with his widowed mother. He doesn't know anything about his father or the circumstances of his death. Being a bit of a rebel and a petty thief, he's easily convinced by a man in a flashy car and suit to become his apprentice. He hopes to solve the mystery of his father's death that his mother does not want to divulge. But as the full title of the film suggests, understanding comes at a price.  


About the Screenwriter:
Dörte Franke was born 1974 in Leipzig, GDR (East Germany). Her parents, both dissidents in the GDR, were imprisoned for "Staatsfeindliche Hetze" (antigovernment incitement) in 1979. After two years in prison, they were redeemed by the BRD (West Germany) in 1981 and the family moved to Cologne in the BRD.
Franke first studied Political Science in Cologne and later Dramaturgy at the University for Film and Television in Potsdam. In 2001, she published her novel "Some bet, others wait" ("die einen wetten, die anderen warten") followed by "thinkwithyourhead" ("denkmalimkopf") in 2002. Together with Marc Bauder she founded their production company bauderfilm and realized several award-winning documentaries. The political thriller "Das System" she wrote with Khyana el Bitar has been her feature film debut as a scriptwriter. Recently, she has scripted an episode of the popular German crime television series "Tatort" (scene of the crime).


German Currents San Diego is under the umbrella of the German American San Diego Foundation, a non-profit organization. Partners include the German American Chamber of Commerce California, the Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany in San Diego, and the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles. Additional supporters of German Currents are the Villa Aurora Los Angeles. Sponsors of German Currents 2014 are emago media - graphic & web design ( and Bosch - Invented for life.

For more information about this event, the German Film Night series, and the Annual Festival of German Film in San Diego, please visit the German Currents San Diego web site:



Digital Gym Cinema (View)
2921 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92104
United States


Film > Festivals
Film > Movies
Film > Other
Film > Premiers

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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