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Archived: Transit (2018)

director: Christian Petzold

composer: Stefan Will
With: Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer, a.o.

duration: 101 minutes
Drama, War

Gala Premières and special events

"With the Nazi troops just outside Paris, a German refugee, Georg (Franz Rogowski), escapes to Marseille. Before leaving the French capital he comes into possession of the papers of a writer, Weidel, who has just committed suicide. These include a manuscript, and a letter from the Mexican Embassy assuring Weidel of a visa. As only those refugees who can prove they're able to leave Marseilles are allowed into the port town in the first place, Georg duly assumes Weidel's identity." (Screen Daily)

"Symbolic ghosts, liminal spaces and fluid identities are recurrent motifs in Petzold's oeuvre and here they are brought together in an overwhelmingly sad meditation on the repeated moral failures that make up the history of refugees in Europe." (BFI)

 "Echoes of  'Casablanca', Kafka and Hitchcock reverberate around this coolly existential love story." (New Zealand International Film Festival)


director: Christian Petzold
composer: Stefan Will
producer: Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Antonin Dedet
screenplay: Christian Petzold, Anna Seghers
Editor: Bettina Böhler
Cinematography: Hans Fromm

production company: Schramm Film Koerner & Weber

More info

dialogue: German, French
subtitles: Dutch/Fr subt.
country: Germany - France
year: 2018


CHRISTIAN PETZOLD: Das warme Geld (1992, video), Pilots (1995, TV film), Cuba Libre (1996, TV film), The Sex Thief (1998, TV film), The State I Am In (2000), Something to Remind Me (2001, TV movie), Wolfsburg (2003), Gespenster (2005), Yella (2007), Jerichow (2008), Barbara (2012), Phoenix (2014), Transit (2018).

Technical Specs

format: DCP
frame: 1:2,39

Other festival films by director Christian Petzold

2011:Dreileben - Etwas Besseres Als Den Tod (part I)
2011:Dreileben Trilogy


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