Christian Petzold
DEU 2014
98 min

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.

  • Nina Hoss - Nelly Lenz
  • Ronald Zehrfeld - Johnny Lenz
  • Nina Kunzendorf - Lene Winter
  • Michael Maertens - Doctor
  • Christian Petzold
  • Hans Fromm
  • Andreas Mücke-Niesytka
  • Bettina Böhler
  • Stefan Will
  • K.D. Gruber
  • Anette Guther
  • Harun Farocki
  • «Le retour des cendres» von Hubert Monteilhet
Schramm Film Koerner & Weber, Bayerischer Rundfunk, WDR, Arte

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