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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.


NEVER LOOK AWAY
WERK OHNE AUTOR
2018, Sony Pictures Classics, 188 min, Dir: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

“I wanted to explore human creativity and how it can be that some people take traumatic events of their lives and turn it into beautiful art,” said writer-director Henckel von Donnersmarck (THE LIVES OF OTHERS) of this portrait of an artist inspired by painter Gerhard Richter. Spanning three eras of German history, NEVER LOOK AWAY tells the story of young art student Kurt (Tom Schilling), who falls in love with fellow student Ellie (Paula Beer). Ellie's father, Professor Seeband (Sebastian Koch), a famous doctor, is dismayed at his daughter's choice of boyfriend and vows to destroy the relationship. What neither of them knows is that their lives are already connected through a terrible crime Seeband committed decades ago. Befitting its artistic theme, Caleb Deschanel’s cinematography and Max Richter’s score provide a rich burnish to the film.


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.


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