"Life is a bombed-out, soulless cabaret in Christian Petzold's Phoenix, a haunting portrait of identity, loss and search for answers in post-WWII Berlin"
In his sixth collaboration with Nina Hoss, Director Christian Petzold once more examines the social and political complexities of twentieth-century Germany, this time drawing upon Hitchcock for inspiration. Hoss plays Nelly, a Holocaust survivor so badly wounded as to render her face unrecognizable; even by her ex-husband Johnny, who may have betrayed Nelly to the Nazis to save his own skin. Phoenix culminates in an explosive final sequence that's as perfect as they come, as if Petzold had built his entire film around that one moment.
The FIPRESCI Prize-winning San Sebastián title receives a special screening this Wednesday, November 25th at the Museum of Modern Art.