Phoenix

V' 14

Phoenix

Christian Petzold
D, 2014
Fiction, 98min, OF

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Phoenix

Christian Petzold
D, 2014
Fiction, 98min, OF

Cast: 
Nina Hoss
Nelly Lenz
Ronald Zehrfeld
Johnny Lenz
Nina Kunzendorf
Lene Winter
Michael Maertens
Doctor
Cast: 
Motif of the original novel
«Le retour des cendres» by Hubert Monteilhet
Collaboration
Harun Farocki
Screenplay: 
Christian Petzold
Sound: 
Andreas Mücke-Niesytka
Camera: 
Hans Fromm
Editor: 
Bettina Böhler
Composer: 
Stefan Will
Decoration: 
K.D. Gruber
Costume: 
Anette Guther

Production: 
Schramm Film Koerner & Weber, Bayerischer Rundfunk, WDR, Arte
World Sales: 
The Match Factory
Distribution in Austria: 
Stadtkino Filmverleih
Format: 
DCP
Color

Emerging from a concentration camp at the end of World War II, Nelly (played by the formidable Nina Hoss, Petzold’s regular star) undergoes significant reconstructive surgery to repair a serious facial injury caused by a bullet wound. Nelly wants everything to be exactly the way it was before the war – including her appearance – but it isn’t. Presumed dead by her friends and relatives, fixated on the memories of her former life and unable to accept the shattered reality before her, Nelly returns to Berlin to fulfill the dream that sustained her throughout her imprisonment: reuniting with her husband, Johnny. Gorgeously shot, featuring impeccable art direction and a faultless score, and with two powerhouse performances in the leading roles, PHOENIX is an intricate drama that once again affirms Petzold as one of the most accomplished filmmakers working today. (Jan Schoettle)

In the presence of Christian Petzold.