Transit (Members’ Choice)

March 31

A journalist fugitive from fascist-occupied Paris and the wife of a dead author face Kafkaesque barriers as they seek to escape to freedom. Situated in a historically indeterminate moment, overlapping past & present, director Christian Petzold (Phoenix, Barbara) creates an unsettling human thriller with relevance for refugees everywhere. Franz Rogowski’s (Georg) performance is vital as the film assumes his perspective for much of the time. Rogowski turns in a great performance which grounds the film, while Petzold’s closing shot of the film is superb. Interesting to note that the director sees Transit, Phoenix and Barbara (all influenced by Anna Segher’s book Transit) as a trilogy which might be called ‘Love in the time of Oppressive Systems’.

‘Existential thriller about loss, trauma, statelessness.’

Manohla Dargis, New York Times.

6 wins plus Berlinale Golden Bear award nomination.


Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer, Godehard Giese

Film Information

Title Transit (Members’ Choice)
Directed by Christian Petzold
Country France
Classification 12A
Running Time 101 mins
Release Year 2018
Subtitles Yes
Colour Yes