Rapturous...ardent, urgent and beautifully made that it comes close to perfect.



PHOENIX is the stunning new feature from acclaimed director Christian Petzold (BARBARA, JERICHOW). A spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion and deception set against the turmoil of post-World War II Germany, the film re-teams Petzold with his regular star, Nina Hoss, in their sixth collaboration. PHOENIX was a favorite at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival, where it was voted Best Narrative Feature in Indiewire's Critics' Poll.

Berlin, 1945: Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish, ex-nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp. But, like her country, she is scarred, her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld, BARBARA), doesn’t recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly begins a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis.

Co-written by the late Harun Farocki and featuring two powerhouse performances in the lead roles, PHOENIX is a haunting and intricate drama that once again affirms Petzold as one of the most accomplished filmmakers working today.

"Superbly crafted, emotionally resonant… 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,
The Hollywood Reporter

"A haunting portrait of identity, loss and the search for answers in post-WWII Berlin. Petzold is such a gifted storyteller, with the lean, driving narrative sense of the film noir masters."
– Scott Foundas,

"An amazing piece of work that transcends historical document to become art. It's unforgettable. Hoss is mesmerizing here in every single beat. It’s a performance from which you can’t turn away." – Brian Tallerico,
Drama, History
Christian Petzold
Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club

A lot of these patterns converge on Christian Petzold's Phoenix (Grade: A), the best film I've seen so far at TIFF, and one of the best new movies I’ve seen this year. A kind of cross between Black Book and The Skin I Live In...

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