DREILEBEN – BEATS BEING DEAD
A remarkable TV project: Three films as a trilogy loosely connected by characters, motives, a summer, a criminal case, a place. One film each was directed by Christian Petzold, Dominik Graf and Christoph Hochhäusler. In Petzold’s case, the story of an escaped sex offender is almost eclipsed by a black teen romance: Johannes, performing his civil service, meets Sarajevo refugee Ana, but even the song “Cry Me A River” which Johannes translates for Ana, is no guarantee of supreme love.
Meet the director
Christian Petzold was born in Hilden, North Rhine Westphalia, in 1960. He moved to Berlin in 1981, studying German lit and theater studies at the Free University. He graduated in 1989 and went on to study directing at dffb film school, working as assistant director for Hartmut Bitomsky and Harun Farocki, and writing film criticism. Petzold shot his graduating film PILOTINNEN 1994. After TV movies CUBA LIBRE and DIE BEISCHLAFDIEBIN he shot his first theatrical film THE STATE I AM IN (2000), a daram about a teen and his parents, who are wanted terrorists. The film won a string of awards, including the German Film Prize in Gold as Best Film. In 2001, Petzold’s collaboration with Nina Hoss began on SOMETHING TO REMIND ME, with whom he went on to shoot a series of films: WOLFSBURG (2003) won the Berlinale FIPRESCI Award and the Adolf Grimme Prize in Gold. Nina Hoss also starred in YELLA (2007), JERICHOW (2009) and BARBARA (2012). He shot an episode of TV three-parter DREILEBEN (2011). Petzold’s latest theatrical film PHOENIX (2013/2014), also starring Nina Hoss, won the International Film Critics’ Award at San Sebastián Film Festival.