• Dir: Christian Petzold

  • Germany, 2012, 105 mins, DCP

  • Cast: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Rainer Bock

It is East Germany, 1980. Barbara, a physician who hopes to reunite with her lover in West Berlin, is sent to a remote provincial hospital, under the supervision of the pediatrician Andre. While planning an escape, she gradually falls in love with Andre, leading to a dilemma whether to stay or leave. Petzold, the son of East German refugee, elegantly captures the weird oppression and constant surveillance of Germany’s divided past, creating tension and acute uneasiness in Barbara’s world. Bathtubs, bicycles, cigarettes, all take on portentous significance in the totalitarian culture. It is the time, nothing, and no one, is to be trusted.

2012 Berlin International Film Festival, Silver Bear for Best Director
2012 German Film Awards, Outstanding Feature Film in Silver

18/11/2017 (Sat): Introduction by Nicolas Wackerbarth. Conducted in English




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