Transit (Members’ Choice)

April 7

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 an historically indeterminate moment, overlapping past & present, director Christian Petzold (Phoenix, Barbara) creates an unsettling human thriller with relevance for refugees everywhere. Rogowski (Georg) turns in a great performance which grounds the film. 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 Berlinale wins plus Golden Bear award nomination.


Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer, Godehard Giese

Film Information

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