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Official Selection - In Competition

Awards:

Berlin Film Festival – Best Actress Golden Bear (Paula Beer); FIPRESCI Award for Best Film

Crew:

Screenplay: Christian Petzold
Cinematography: Hans Fromm
Production: Anton Kaiser, Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Weber

Undine

A film by Christian Petzold

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“If you leave me, I’ll have to kill you”, the movie’s protagonist tells her lover as they part ways with her at the corner café. Diving into the subtle realm of the supernatural, director Christian Petzold re-imagines the mythological figure of the water nymph Undine, who becomes human when she falls in love and dies if her lover is unfaithful, translating it into a 21st century love story. Here, Undine is a historian who works as a museum guide in Berlin. Defying the myth’s rules, the film bears fruit to a heartfelt play between reality and illusion.
  • Cast:

    Paula Beer, Franz Rogowski, Maryam Zaree, Jacob Matschenz
  • Original Title:

    Undine
  • Country:

    Germany, France
  • Year:

    2020
  • 90’ Subtitles: Portuguese and English

Awards:

Berlin Film Festival – Best Actress Golden Bear (Paula Beer); FIPRESCI Award for Best Film

Crew:

Screenplay: Christian Petzold
Cinematography: Hans Fromm
Production: Anton Kaiser, Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Weber

Director

Christian Petzold

Christian Petzold is a German filmmaker, known as Hitchcock’s successor as master of suspense. In 2000, he directed his first feature-film, The State I Am In, a story about a couple of two German left-wing terrorists, that granted him several awards, of which the German Film Award for Best Film. His next three films premiered at the Berlin Film Festival: Wolfsburg (2003), in the Panorama section, where it won the FIPRESCI award, Ghosts (2005) and Yella (2007, in the official competition. Bárbara (2012) earned him the award for Best Director at the Berlin Film Festival. In the work of Petzold, filmmaker of the “Berlin School”, characters recurrently hide fundamental truths about themselves, thus finding their inner self continuously divided. In paranoia and anxiety, his films tackle forms of productivity and individuality habitual of the neoliberal economic model, questioning the “flexibility” of the labour world, without ever resorting to clichés. His most recent feature-film Undine (2020) won the Silver Bear for Best Actress (Paula Beer) and finds itself competing in the 2020 edition of LEFFEST.
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