Christian Petzold • 2012 • Germany
Steeped in the tension of life in the former GDR, Barbara traces the journey of a woman torn between two worlds.
Barbara Wolff arrives in a small town in East Germany, having been transferred from Berlin's prestigious Charité hospital following an unspecified transgression. Consigned to the provinces, and under the constant threat of invasive checks by the GDR's secret police, Barbara goes to work each day at a small pediatric hospital and takes clandestine measures to meet her boyfriend from the West.
Christian Petzold's fifth feature premiered at Berlin, where it won Best Director. Barbara was nominated in eight categories of the German Film Awards, winning Best Film, and is a New York Times Critics' Pick.