Filmfest 2016

German Age Rating

Film Website

Christian Petzold film school graduating film. A buddy move about two perfume saleswomen stuck driving through Germany together. After some initial difficulties, they embark on a joint criminal career. “Before making PILOTS I watched Michael Cimino‘s first film, THUNDERBOLT AND LIGHTFOOT with Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges. Eastwood is the old gangster, Bridges the young gangster, riding in a car together. They don’t really like each other, but find a way to get along. That’s where the idea for PILOTS came from.”

tags: Aging, Work, Women, Society, Feature film

Cast: Eleonore Weisgerber, Nadeshda Brennicke, Udo Schenk, Barbara Frey


Screenplay: Christian Petzold

Director of Photography: Hans Fromm

Film Editor: Monika Kappl-Schmith

Composer: Georges Delerue

Production Designer: K.D. Gruber

Costume Design: Anette Guther

Sound: Heino Herrenbrück, Martin Ehlers-Falkenberg

Producer: Florian Koerner von Gustrof, Michael Weber

Production Company: Schramm Film Koerner & Weber

Co-Producer: Annedore von Donop

Co-Production Company: dffb Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin GmbH

Director: Christian Petzold

Editor: Annedore von Donop

TV channel: Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)


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.