Christian Petzold’s films are like no one else’s. At once intricately engaged with the real world and steeped in film history, they radically reimagine such genres as film noir, thriller, melodrama, and the spy drama, offering narrative mysteries, enigmatic protagonists immersed in even more enigmatic circumstances, an incomparable sense of atmosphere and style, and surprising links between Germany’s turbulent past and its fragile present. A founding member of the loose movement known as the Berlin School, and a longtime collaborator of the late Harun Farocki, Petzold gained international attention with acclaimed titles Jerichow (2008), Barbara (2012; NYFF50), Phoenix (2014), and his latest masterwork, Transit (2018; NYFF56). The expanse of his career to date—including several inventive films made for television—affirms his status as one of contemporary cinema’s premier directors. This fall the Film Society is honored to host Petzold in person. In addition to featuring his own works, we will present a selection of movies that have influenced him. Presented in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut, with support from German Films.
Organized by Dennis Lim and Dan Sullivan
Austrian Filmmuseum; Judith Revault d’Allonnes — Centre Pompidou; Deutsche Kinemathek; Goethe-Institut; German Films Service + Marketing GmbH; Institut français; The Match Factory; Music Box Films; Schramm Film
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Introduction by Christian Petzold on December 2Petzold closes his unofficial trilogy about women on the run with this tale of a failed academic desperately seeking work and her femme-fatale sister, who dupes rich men around the luxury tourist resorts of Morocco.
Q&A with Christian Petzold on December 2Based on horror classic Carnival of Souls, Yella finds chills in the cold cruelty of a male-driven business culture, where Yella (a poised Nina Hoss) discovers that her new job isn’t as promising as it seems—and that her past life is not so easily left behind.
Introduction by Christian Petzold on November 30In this unofficial adaptation of The Postman Always Rings Twice, a hard-up Afghanistan war veteran takes a job with a wealthy Turkish entrepreneur. When he meets his boss's quietly frustrated wife, the two begin a dangerous affair.
Introduction by Christian Petzold on December 1Set in the period immediately following World War II, Phoenix is an engrossing reflection on the postwar reconstruction of identity couched as a noirish thriller of mistaken identity. Screening with the Hitchcock rumination Where Are You, Christian Petzold?
The New York Times Critic's PickA hollowed-out European refugee who has escaped from two concentration camps, arrives in Marseille assuming the identity of a dead novelist whose papers he is carrying in Christian Petzold’s brilliant and haunting film.
Carte Blanche: Christian Petzold Selects
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