by Rachel Brodsky

German film isn't necessarily something in which you dabble. With its rich history kicking off during the Weimar era and expanding into the very controversial Third Reich propagandist movement, German cinema is known around the world for its grim demeanor (we hear the horror genre is pretty huge right now), biting social commentary and thoughtful art house consciousness.

This Sunday, the Castro Theatre will be screening a collection of "German Gems" from noon till midnight, including Tender Parasites, a film about two societal outcasts getting by on their companionship to the elderly community; Miss Stinnes, a docudrama about a woman who circumnavigates the world by car; Being Mr. Kotschie, about a man suffering a not-so-typical mid-life crisis; Vision Vision, the story of feminist visionary Hildegard of Bingen; and The Bone Man, a dark comedy involving fast food made with, yep, human parts. (Hey, wasn't there a Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode about that?)

What: German Gems
When: Sunday, February 28 (12:00pm-12:00am)
Where: The Castro Theatre (429 Castro St)
How Much: $10 per screening, $40 per day pass