For such a romantic, Christian Petzold sure likes to keep his audience at arm’s length. The German director of alt-history star-crossed romances like the 2018 stunner Transit ventures into folklore with his latest cosmic romance Undine, a chilly, cryptic film that spends most of its runtime searching for a soul. Whether it finds it finds it or not is up for debate, but there’s no question that Undine is a lush, transporting affair whose enigmatic magic laps at your feet and slowly washes over you.
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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?
This week we catch up with JCVD, watch a story about fascism that fits in quite well with today’s climate, get supernatural in New Zealand, beat up the beat in Scotland, and spend time with family. Read More »
The film Phoenix, a post-WWII thriller set in Berlin immediately after the war, has played festivals and is currently playing only New York City in the US. Even so, it should be it a film everyone knows about and is ready to see when the opportunity arises, as suggested by its standing at 98% on Rotten Tomatoes with more than 40 reviews. The film will hit LA on July 31, with more cities to come afterward.
No surprise that director Christian Petzold‘s new film is terrific, as he’s been building his skills for years (check out Barbara on Netflix) but this looks like one you won’t want to sleep on. We ran a Phoenix trailer last fall when the film was at the Toronto International Film Festival, but here’s the latest one to remind us all that this one is now rolling out slowly. Read More »
Christian Petzold, director of Barbara, had a new film premiere in Toronto this week, and the people who love Phoenix really love it. Called a Hitchcockian thriller set in post-WWII Berlin, the film features Nina Hoss as a concentration camp survivor who goes to great lengths to find her husband, from whom she was separated before her internment. But he could have a darker role in her wartime experience than she originally believed. Check out the Phoenix trailer below. Read More »