Thursday, September 26, 2019
7 PM @ Ritz East
General Admission: $12 | *Students: $6
*Because student ID is required, tickets may only be purchased in-person.
Director: Sönke Wortmann
Genre: Narrative Feature
Running Time: 1 hr 31 min
Language: German with English subtitles
Being the black sheep of a progressive middle-class German academic family is no easy feat, but Thomas (Florian David Fitz) relishes discovering new ways to poke fun and rile up his siblings. His latest gag — announcing that he and his pregnant girlfriend, Anna (Janina Uhse), have decided to call their son “Adolf” — was merely meant to serve as a good conversation starter or pretext for debate at Stephan (Christoph Maria Herbst) and Elisabeth’s dinner party. It never occurred to Thomas that his ruse to exchange witty repartee with family and friends would lead to a grave upending of appearances. From attacks on personal character and ideological beliefs to the unmasking of sexual histories and childhood transgressions, what begins as an innocent gathering of family and friends soon evolves into a tense excursion into German bourgeois backbiting and mayhem.
Lending insight into Germany’s current shifting political landscape, this wildly outrageous dark comedy by award-winning director Sönke Wortmann (The Miracle of Bern) is based on the 2010 French play, Le Prénom, by Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre de La Patellière. A breakout hit at the German box office, HOW ABOUT ADOLF? is a superbly crafted and perfectly paced social satire that is winning audiences over across the globe.
- San Francisco Jewish Film Festival