Germany – France | 2017 | DCP | Color | 101 min | Christian Petzold

Director: Christian Petzold
Script: Christian Petzold
Music: Stefan Will
Edition: Bettina Böhler
Cast: Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer, Matthias Brandt, Maryam Zaree, Barbara Auer

The German troops are on the outskirts of Paris. Georg, a German refugee, manages to escape to Marseille. In the suitcase he carries with him the legacy of the writer Weidel, who took his own life for fear of his persecutors leaving: a manuscript, letters, and the confirmation of a visa by the Mexican embassy. In Marseille, only those who can prove that they are going to leave can remain. Visas are needed for possible host countries, transit visas, and insufficient access to get tickets on ships. Georg assumes Weidel’s identity and immerses himself in the approximate existence of who is in transit. Georg establishes a friendship with Driss, son of his comrade Heinz, who died during the flight. Why continue traveling? Is it possible to start a new life elsewhere? Everything changes when Georg meets Marie and falls in love with her. Is delivery or calculation what leads her to share her life with doctor Richard before continuing her journey, while at the same time she continues to search for her husband? It is said that he is hiding in Marseille, and that he has a Mexican visa for him and his wife.

Christian Petzold
He studied German Literature and Dramaturgy at the Free University of Berlin and then Directed at the Berlin Film School (dffb). For his film Barbara (2012) Petzold received the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlinale. He has been awarded internationally on numerous occasions for his work and is one of the greatest exponents of the Berlin School, forging a very own style in his film career.

German Film Festival