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Drama, History | 2016 | PG-13. 1hr 38min
CAST: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf DIRECTOR: Christian Petzold

There will be a film discussion following the 6:30 p.m. screening on September 3, led by Kristopher Imbrigotta, PhD, from the Department of German Studies, University of Puget Sound. More info is available here.

A spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion, and deception unfolds against the turmoil of post-World War II Germany in the stunning new film from acclaimed director Christian Petzold (Barbara, Jerichow). Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp, but with her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), doesn't recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. Evoking the shadows and haunted mood of post-war Berlin, Phoenix weaves a complex tale of a nation's tragedy and a woman's search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax.

An ingeniously plotted and rather heartbreaking movie ...
A.A. Dowd, AV Club
So beautifully made that it comes close to perfect.
Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice
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