"One of the most important figures in contemporary German cinema"
- The Criterion Collection
At once intricately engaged with the real world and steeped in film history, the films of Christian Petzold radically reimagine such genres as film noir, thriller, melodrama, and the spy drama, offering narrative mysteries, enigmatic protagonists immersed in even more enigmatic circumstances, an incomparable sense of atmosphere and style, and surprising links between Germany's turbulent past and its fragile present. A founding member of the Berlin School and a longtime collaborator of the late Harun Farocki, Petzold gained international attention with acclaimed titles Jerichow, Barbara, Phoenix, and his latest masterwork, Transit— a brilliant and haunting film told in two tenses: 1940 and right now, historic past and immediate present, like two translucent panes held up to the light and mysteriously contrasting and blending.
The Film Society is hosting the largest retrospective of Petzold's films to date, with the director introducing several screenings in person. In addition to his own works, Christian Petzold: The State We Are In is screening a selection of movies that have influenced him. Through December 13 at Lincoln Center.