Filmfest 2016

German Age Rating

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A love triangle in which love evidently cannot exist without economic security, as so often with Petzold. As Laura (Nina Hoss) puts it so terribly: „You can’t love when you’re broke.“ The man with the money is JERICHOW is kebab chain owner Ali (Hilmi Sözer), who married Laura when she got out of jail. The man with the muscle is strong silent type Thomas (Benno Fürmann), who becomes Ali’s driver an Laura’s object of desire, which turns into a murder plan. “I saw THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE starring Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange when I was 24, which JERICHOW is based on, but I didn’t rewatch it before making my film. I saw it again recently and thought, Wow, there’s a lot of that film in mine, down to individual frames – I was really shocked. But what doesn’t really come out in Bob Rafelson’s adaptation of the novel is the subtle racism. The foreigner is the one with the money. So he has to be done away with.”

tags: Work, Relationship, Love, Feature film, Thriller

Cast: Benno Fürmann, Nina Hoss, Hilmi Sözer, André M. Hennicke


Screenplay: Christian Petzold

Director of Photography: Hans Fromm

Film Editor: Bettina Böhler

Composer: Stefan Will

Production Designer: Kade Gruber

Costume Design: Anette Guther

Sound: Andreas Mücke-Niesytka, Martin Ehlers-Falkenberg

Producer: Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Weber

Production Company: Schramm Film Koerner & Weber

Co-Production Company: Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR), Arte

World Sales: The Match Factory GmbH

Distributor: PIFFL MEDIEN GmbH

Director: Christian Petzold

Editor: Bettina Reitz, Andreas Schreitmüller, Jochen Kölsch

TV channel: Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR), 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.