SUN, AUG 09, 8:50p:
Miami Premiere Engagement!
Directed by CHRISTIAN PETZOLD/Germany/2014/98mins.
With Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf
PHOENIX is the latest teamwork between German director Christian Petzold and actress Nina Hoss (after Barbara, Yella, Jerichow, Wolfsburg). A disfigured concentration-camp survivor (Nina Hoss), unrecognizable after facial reconstruction surgery, searches ravaged postwar Berlin for the husband (Ronald Zehrfeld) who might have betrayed her to the Nazis. (In German with English subtitles).
Official Selection: Toronto, London and Miami Film Festivals
WINNER: Hong Kong Film Festival SIGNIS Award
San Sebastian Film Festival FIPRESCI Prize
Seattle Film Festival Best Actress
Lisbon Film Festival Special Jury Prize
“After our first three movies together, I saw something in her that was like a partisan. She didn’t want to be so beautiful. She doesn’t want to be in love. She doesn’t want to show emotions. She doesn’t want to show her body. She wants to hide herself. She doesn’t want to do advertisements. I liked what I saw on the editing table. She isn’t playing to the light. She’s going to the darkness. She’s always playing. We talked about it and reflected on it and she liked that idea.”
Cinemascope Magazine interview with director Christian Petzold
“Metacritic Score 100: Both A POWERFUL ALLEGORY for post-war regeneration and a rich Hitchcockian tale of mistaken identity, Phoenix once again proves that German filmmaker Christian Petzold and his favorite star, Nina Hoss, are CLEARLY ONE OF THE BEST DIRECTOR ACTOR DUOS WORKING IN MOVIES TODAY.”-Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter
“Petzold distills a familiar atmosphere to create a work veiled in vibrant, cohesive, sensitively stimulating power.”-Nicola Grozdanov, The Playlist
“HOSS’ PORTRAYAL OF A WOMAN AT ODDS WITH HER SURROUNDING IS IN A CLASS BY ITSELF”-Eric Kohn, Indiewire
“Because Petzold is such a gifted storyteller, with the lean, driving narrative sense of the film noir masters, he also keeps those twists and turns chugging smoothly along, building to a climax so expertly orchestrated that one imagines he started with it in mind and worked the rest of the movie backward from there.”-Scott Foundas, Variety
“Phoenix is cool, clean, knowing, full of references to other movies—a stylish, belated film noir”-Michael Wood, ArtForum