Filmfest 2016

German Age Rating

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Yella wants to leave her home of Wittenberge, since she got a job as an accountant in Hanover. He ex-husband doesn’t want to let her go, steers his car off a bridge on the way to the train station. Yella winds up on the bank of the river, continues her journey to Western Germany, meeting a manager who explains dog-eat-dog capitalism to her, soon learning to value her as an assistant. But Yella is plagued by visions, a crow’s call as a recurring sign her reality is askew.

tags: Work, Feature film, Surreal, Death, Economy

Cast: Nina Hoss, Devid Striesow, Hinnerk Schönemann, Burghart Klaußner, Barbara Auer


Screenplay: Christian Petzold

Director of Photography: Hans Fromm

Film Editor: Bettina Böhler

Composer: K.D. Gruber

Production Designer: Kade Gruber

Costume Design: Anette Guther, Lotte Sawatzki

Sound: Andreas Mücke-Niesytka, Martin Ehlers-Falkenberg

Producer: Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Weber

Production Company: Schramm Film Koerner & Weber

Co-Production Company: Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), Arte

Distributor: PIFFL MEDIEN GmbH

Director: Christian Petzold

Editor: Caroline von Senden, Andreas Streitmüller

TV channel: Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), Arte


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.