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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements


2018, Christian Petzold, Germany/France, 101 min.
With Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer

Show Times

  • Fri, May 31st 2:00pm
  • Fri, May 31st 6:00pm
  • Sat, Jun 1st 7:45pm
  • Sun, Jun 2nd 3:00pm
  • Mon, Jun 3rd 6:00pm
  • Thu, Jun 6th 8:00pm

"A brilliant allegory...TRANSIT is a thrilling, at times harrowing labyrinth of a movie."
—Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

"One of the most intriguing films of the new year...an audacious reminder that there is more than one way to adapt a so-called 'period' novel for a new era."—Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

Spare, precise, and evocative, German auteur Petzold makes films with a unique ability to get under the spectator's skin. Following up on his international hits BARBARA and PHOENIX, this revisionist riff on CASABLANCA is his richest and most resonant film to date. The story is based on a 1944 novel, set in Nazi-occupied France, by Anna Seghers. The main character, Georg (Rogowski), is a German fugitive who makes his way to Marseilles, where he assumes a dead man's identity in order to obtain an exit visa to Mexico. While waiting to depart, he becomes involved with some of the desperate immigrants and refugees thronging the port city, including the dead man's wife (Beer). Petzold's audacious gambit is to place the story in an indeterminate time period that combines elements of past and present, adding another layer to the characters' ghostly, in-between status and opening the door to suggestive parallels between rampant fascism then and now. In German and French with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

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