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There are those who treat melodrama as a dirty word, but no working filmmaker gives it a crisper reputation than German auteur Christian Petzold, whose anti-historical experiment Transit registers as his most conceptually daring lm to date. A refugee portrait that piles contrivance upon contrivance to somehow land at a place of piercing emotional acuity, this adaptation of Anna Seghers' 1942 novel takes a brazen risk right off the bat by stripping its story – about a German concentration camp survivor seeking passage to North America in Nazi-occupied France – of any external period trappings, relocating it to present day. (Guy Lodge, Variety)

Christian Petzold
Born in 1960, he studied German and theatre at Freie Universität Berlin and film at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb). Whilst there he worked as an assistant director to Harun Farocki and Hartmut Bitomsky. In 1995  he directed his first feature film. “The State I Am In” (2000) won  the German Film Award in Gold. In 2012 he won the Silver Bear for Best Director with “Barbara” at the Berlinale.

Film Selection: Transit (2018)
 — Phoenix (2014) — Barbara (2012) — Jerichow (2008) — Yella (2007)  — Gespenster (Ghosts, 2005) — Die innere Sicherheit  (The State I Am In, 2001) — Pilotinnen (1995)

European Panorama Fiction 2018

Christian Petzold

Germany / France 2018
DCP / color
101 minutes
German / French

Hans Fromm
Bettina Böhler
Andreas Mücke-Niesytka
Stefan Will
Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer, Godehard Giese, Lilien Batman
Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Weber, Antonin Declet



Schramm Film Koerner & Weber, Neon Productions
World Sales

The Match Factory

Rechte Österreich / Austrian Rights

Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Berlinale 2018

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere