Thu 01 Jan 1970 - Thu 01 Jan 1970
£7* | £5* students/under 25s | 3 films for £18*
Dir. Christian Petzold
2018 | 101 mins | Germany, France
German/French/French sign language with English subtitles
Pioneering German director Christian Petzold (Phoenix, Barbara) returns with this experimental historical thriller starring Franz Rogowski as Georg, a German refugee fleeing persecution from Nazi-occupied France by assuming the identity of a recently deceased author.
Adapted from Anna Seghers novel Transit Visa, but offering a more current, historically ambiguous setting, we meet Georg as he escapes to Marseille, a port for migrants fleeing an unspecified war. He has adopted a dead mans identity, and while waiting for a boat, meets a mysterious woman (Paula Beer) desperately hoping for news of her missing husband.
Described as like a remake of Casablanca as written by Kafka, past and present is infused to fascinating effect, offering a haunting, beguiling depiction of fascism and the struggles faced by refugees. This is a film about ghosts, memory, trauma – and the longing we all have for a place to call home.
Spectacular past and present feel like they exist simultaneously
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
Beguiling and bold turns history into an existential maze
THE NEW YORK TIMES
Brilliant like Casablanca as written by Kafka