Filmfest 2016

German Age Rating

“After two days, this journey we took eastwards, just after the end of the East German state, had me thinking, we should shoot a dramatic feature film. The stories were all over the place, I just had to distill them, not so much document them. That’s when I realized documentaries weren’t for me. But it was a fun journey to undertake.” - Christian Petzold

tags: Documentary, Experimental, Journey, Urban


Screenplay: Chistian Petzold

Director of Photography: Thomas Arslan, Chistian Petzold, Jan Ralske

Film Editor: Chrisitan Petzold

Sound: Thomas Arslan, Stefan Pethke

Production Company: dffb Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin GmbH

Director: Christian Petzold


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.