Transit

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Directed by Christian Petzold
2018
Germany, France
101 minutes
15+
Christian Petzold’s (Barbara, SFF 2012; Phoenix, SFF 2015) wartime love story between World War II refugees is daringly set in contemporary Marseille.

Christian Petzold’s (Barbara, SFF 2012; Phoenix, SFF 2015) daring new wartime drama sets a love story between World War II refugees in contemporary Marseille. German refugee Georg (Franz Rogowski, Victoria, SFF 2015; In the Aisles, SFF 2018) flees Paris carrying with him the documents of a famous author, Weidel, who has taken his own life rather than face his persecutors. Most vital of the documents is a visa assurance from the Mexican embassy which allows the holder safe passage away from war-addled Europe. In Marseille, Georg assumes Weidel’s identity, intending to keep up the ruse until he can escape to Mexico. While awaiting the necessary paperwork, Georg comes upon and soon falls in love with the mysterious Marie (Paula Beer, Franz). She is also waiting in Marseille and looking for her husband, who is said to have arrived in the city with a visa for her: he is the writer, Weidel. As he did in both Barbara and Phoenix, Petzold looks incisively at the behaviour of people in times of political turmoil. He considers their motives, their emotions and their identities. His radical decision here to retain the context of Nazi-occupied France, but set the film in the modern day, is a stark reminder of the repetition of history.

Like all of his work, the writer/director’s fourth film in Berlinale competition is elegantly made, ingenious and intellectually challenging. – Demetrios Matheou, Screen International

Christian Petzold’s beguiling refugee romance is like a Kafkaesque Casablanca. – David Ehrlich, IndieWire

Christian Petzold is a German director who won the Silver Bear at Berlin for Barbara (2012) and has had four films in the Berlinale Competition. He has won the German Film Critics Association Award for Best Film five times, and his most celebrated films include Wolfsburg (2003), Ghosts (2005), Yella (2007) and Phoenix (2014).

Travelling Film Festival Newcastle, June 22 - 24: Tickets also available for Transit at TFF Newcastle.

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Transit

State Theatre
Sun 10 June
6pm—7:41pm
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Transit

State Theatre
Mon 11 June
11:30am—1:11pm
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Transit

The Ritz Cinema Randwick
Sun 17 June
2pm—3:41pm
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Year
2018
Classification
15+
Country
Germany, France
Language
In German and French with English subtitles
Director
Christian Petzold
Producer
Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Weber
Cast
Paula Beer, Franz Rogowski, Lilien Batman
Screenwriter
Christian Petzold
Cinematographer
Hans Fromm
Company Credits
Distributor: Madman Entertainment
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