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Phoenix

 

 

Original title:
Phoenix
Slovenian title:
Phoenix
Section:
HOMMAGE: C. PETZOLD

Country, year:
Germany, Poland, 2014
Length:
98

Directed by:
Christian Petzold

Screenplay:
Christian Petzold
Cinematography:
Hans Fromm
Music:
/
Subtitles:
Slovenian
Language:
German
Voting code:
/
Cast:
Nina Hoss (Nelly Lenz), Ronald Zehrfeld (Johannes 'Johnny'), Nina Kunzendorf (Lene Winter), Michael Maertens (zdravnik), Imogen Kogge (Elisabeth), Kirsten Block, Uwe Preuss (lastnik kluba)
Awards:
Toronto 2014, London 2014, Hong Kong 2015 (SIGNIS Award – Special Mention)


DateHourLocation 
Sat, 17.11.2018 21:00 Slovenian Cinematheque

Deli povezavo
Description:
Following the success of his previous film, Barbara, Petzold returns with another story of a fiercely determined woman - and the deeply divided society to which she belongs - caught between a tragic past and an uncertain future.

Nelly Lenz is a concentration camp survivor who has been left severely injured with a disfigured face. The war has ended and all Nelly dreams about is getting her life back to normal. Following a facial re-construction surgery, Nelly returns to Berlin in search of her husband Johnny. Although Johnny does not recognise her, he approaches her with a proposal. Since she resembles his wife, whom he believes to be dead, he asks her to help him claim his wife's considerable inheritance. Nelly agrees, and becomes her own doppelganger - she needs to know if Johnny ever loved her, or if he betrayed her to the Nazis.

"I didn't want a tight, musty sound in Phoenix, but an open window through which the noise and the patter of the city could be heard, so that one realises that life goes on after the disaster. Because a ghost is not a ghost when surrounded by life. If everything is spooky, nothing is spooky." (Christian Petzold)

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