Phoenix

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Germany | 2014 | 98 minutes | Christian Petzold

August 14 - September 24, 2015

SIFF Cinema Uptown | Ends Thu Sep 24
Actress Nina Hoss (Barbara) gives a Golden Space Needle Award-winning performance in the stunning new film from acclaimed director Christian Petzold, a spellbinding Vertigo-esque mystery of identity, illusion, and deception that unfolds against the turmoil of post-World War II Germany.

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.


"A haunting, morbidly romantic melodrama with obvious links to Vertigo, but from a reverse angle." – David Edelstein, New York Magazine

"A complex mystery of disguise and deceit. Nina Hoss is astonishing." — Ryan Gilbey, The Guardian

"So beautifully made that it comes close to perfect." – Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice

"Nina Hoss is extraordinary. Her performance is in a class by itself." — Eric Kohn, Indiewire

  • Director: Christian Petzold
  • Principal Cast: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Megan Gay, Valerie Koch, Nina Kunzendorf
  • Country: Germany
  • Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 98 minutes
  • Language: German, English
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP