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Undine

Directed by Christian Petzold
2020
Germany, France
90 minutes
M
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Romance and the supernatural combine in Christian Petzold’s (Phoenix, SFF 2015; Transit, SFF 2018) playful and enigmatic film starring Paula Beer and Franz Rogowski.
The myth of the water sprite yearning to live on land – and only enabled to do so through true love – underpins Petzold’s sensual and passionate film. We meet Undine (Beer, Never Look Away, SFF 2018; Transit), a Berlin historian and guide, as she endures a breakup with her lover Johannes. Undine’s reaction is far from usual. She informs Johannes that if he betrays her, she will have to kill him, and then return to the water from where she came. Undine’s explosive meeting with a professional diver named Christoph (Rogowski, Victoria, SFF 2015; Transit) sets the rules governing her life into disarray, as they embark on a romance that could change everything.
An odd new beauty from one of Germany’s best directors… Beer and Rogowski are so good, and have such amazing chemistry, that it’s hard to look away or not root for them to be together.
Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter
There’s just enough magic and mystery to tease out a supernatural reading of the film, though Petzold encourages viewers to find pleasure in puzzling out his femme fatale for themselves.
Simran Hans, "The Observer"
Year
2020
Classification
M
Country
Germany, France
Language
In German with English subtitles
Director
Christian Petzold
Producer
Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Weber
Cast
Paula Beer, Franz Rogowski, Maryam Zaree
Screenwriter
Christian Petzold
Cinematographer
Hans Fromm
Editor
Bettina Böhler
Australian Distributor
Madman Entertainment
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