UNDINE
2020, IFC Films, 90 min, Germany/France, Dir: Christian Petzold

From writer-director Christian Petzold, one of Germany’s most celebrated auteurs, UNDINE is a fascinating retelling of a timeless myth set in modern-day Berlin. Told through Petzold’s precise visual style, the films follows its titular character, a city historian lecturing on Berlin's urban development, as she heads towards fulfillment of the ancient myth to kill the man who betrays her and return to the water. Her chance encounter with the sensitive industrial diver Christophe (Franz Rogowski), however, proves that no destiny is certain. Beer, who won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 2020 Berlin International Film Festival, reunites with her TRANSIT co-star Franz Rogowski, in this romantic, yet chilling fantasy, whose mysteries lie submerged in water. Winner of the Berlin FIPRESCI Critics Award.


TRANSIT
2018, Music Box Films, 101 min, Germany/France, Dir: Christian Pezold

Staged in modern dress, acclaimed director Christian Pezold’s (PHOENIX) adaptation of the 1942 novel of the same name follows a man on the run from advancing German troops in France. While fleeing, Georg (Franz Rogowski) acquires documents promising a Mexican visa to an author who had committed suicide in a French hotel. Identity, morality and the meaning of human connection are all brought into question in a thriller that resonates with refugee crises past and present. Also starring Paula Beer and Godehard Giese. “A film that shivers with the awareness of absence, distance and the relentless, elastic course of time’s arrow.” - Guy Lodge, Variety.


GOLD
2013, The Match Factory, 101 min, Germany, Dir: Thomas Arslan

An official selection (competition) at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival, GOLD is a Western about seven German immigrants who set out in search of gold in the backwoods of British Columbia during the Klondike Gold Rush in 1898. Each have their motives: an older couple seeking security, a father (Lars Rudolph) hoping to help his impoverished family, an unpleasant newspaperman (Uwe Bohm) chronicling the journey, and a mysterious packer (Marko Mandic) with a past to outrun. The last to join is Emily Mayer (Nina Hoss), a metropolitan woman whose delicate demeanor masks a steely determination to survive. Assembled by a deceptively confident businessman of questionable motives, the settlers must travel through a relatively uncharted stretch of Canadian wilderness to reach their goal, the gold fields of Dawson. As the path grows more treacherous, betrayals come to light and desperate choices are made. Following in the footsteps of MCCABE AND MRS. MILLER and MEEK'S CUTOFF, GOLD is an epic that offers an unconventional take on the well-worn Western genre. In German with English subtitles.


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