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A daring work of art...beautiful and mysteriously powerful. It’s an original creation, and a haunting one.

— Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal

An intoxicating witches' brew... Gets under our skin and chills us to the bone.

— Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

The year's best female performance. Nina Hoss will rip your heart in two.

— Alison Willmore, BuzzFeed

**** MESMERIZING. Out of the ashes of summer moviegoing emerges a masterpiece.

— Jake Coyle, Associated Press

A rapturous noir thriller, so beautifully made that it comes close to perfect. Nina Hoss is extraordinary.

— Stephanie Zacharek, The Village Voice

Deeply haunting. A seductive, tantalizing film. Builds to what amounts to a mic drop for the ages.

— Matt Prigge, Metro

The cinematic equivalent of a page-turner...the ending is a legitimate corker.

— Richard Brody, The New Yorker

Breathtaking. Prepare to be floored.

— David Jenkins, Little White Lies

A complex mystery of disguise and deceit. Nina Hoss is astonishing.

— Ryan Gilbey, The Guardian

Gripping. A noir-ish and complex emotional thriller. Hoss is incredible.

— Cath Clarke, Time Out

An absolute knockout. Powerful. A rich, Hitchcockian tale of mistaken identity.

— Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

Brilliant! Hitchcockian through and through. Not to be missed.

— Stuart Kemp, The Telegraph

A masterwork. One of the best new movies I've seen this year.

— Igantiy Vishnevetsky, A.V. Club

Nina Hoss is extraordinary. Her performance is in a class by itself.

— Eric Kohn, Indiewire

A haunting portrait of identity, loss and the search for answers in post-WWII Berlin.

— Scott Foundas, Variety

Presented by Sundance Selects | Germany | Jul 24th, 2015 | 99 MINS | PG13

A spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion, and deception unfolds against the turmoil of post-World War II Germany in the stunning new film from acclaimed director Christian Petzold (Barbara, Jerichow). Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp, but with 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), doesn’t recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into 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. Evoking the shadows and haunted mood of post-war Berlin, Phoenix weaves a complex tale of a nation’s tragedy and a woman’s search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax.

Director

  • Christian Petzold

Producers

  • Florian Koerner von Gustorf
  • Michael Weber

Writers

  • Christian Petzold
  • Harun Farocki