German Currents Kino: Cleo – If I Could Turn Back Time – Opens June 17

Director: Erik Schmitt Run Time: 99 min. Rating: Unrated Language: German w/English Subtitles

Tagline: Cleo sets out on an adventure in Berlin to find a magical clock that would turn back time and let her reunite with her deceased parents. 

Synopsis: The imaginative Cleo (Marleen Lohse) has an almost magical connection to her hometown Berlin. Since childhood, she could see people and things from the city’s past that no one else could. But what she wants most of all is to turn back time to before the death of her parents. A treasure of mythological proportion, a magical clock, promises the solution. So together with three quirky but loveable companions, Paul (Jeremy Mockridge), Zille (Maximilian Mauff), and Günni (Heiko Pinkowski),  Cleo sets off to find it embarking on a quest that takes her all over Berlin, back into time, and deep into her own emotional world. Schmitt’s debut feature is an artfully crafted cinematic fairytale for adults that is a love song to both the city of Berlin and to the power of imagination.

Awards and Nominations: 

Filmkunstfest Schwerin 2019: LEO, Best Youth Film

Tallinn Black Nights FF 2019: Best Children’s Film

FBW 2019: Prädikat Wertvoll


Friday June 17, 2022: 7:00

Ticket Prices: $12 Regular / $10 Students & Seniors / $9 Members


This screening is made possible with the support of the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles.