Christian Petzold Matinees

Sat, Mar 2nd, 2019 to Sun, Mar 24th, 2019

In anticipation of the TRANSIT, the latest release from Music Box Films, the Music Box Theatre celebrates the career of writer-director Christian Petzold with a special weekend matinee series.

Movies & Showtimes for
Christian Petzold Matinees

Sat, Mar 2nd
Barbara

11:30AM
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Sun, Mar 3rd
Barbara

11:30AM
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Sat, Mar 9th
Phoenix

11:30AM
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Sun, Mar 10th
Phoenix

11:30AM
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Sun, Mar 17th
Yella

11:30AM
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Sat, Mar 23rd
Jerichow

11:30AM
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Sun, Mar 24th
Jerichow

11:30AM
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Barbara

A FILM BY: Christian Petzold
WRITTEN BY: Christian Petzold, Harun Farocki (collaborator)
STARRING: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Rainer Bock

A tense early '80s Cold War thriller with nary a gunshot fired, BARBARA is a compelling portrait of a woman (Nina Hoss) who withdraws from an inhospitable and oppressive world. An amicable and understanding doctor who enjoys a superb rapport with her patients, Barbara has nonetheless been exiled to a provincial East German hospitable after filing for an exit visa from the GDR. This powerful character study provides a detailed x-ray of the good doctor's dilemma, as love, loyalty, and basic human decency compete in a brutal closed system.

In German with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 2012
Country of Origin: Germany
Language: German
Run Time: 105 mins
Format: 35mm

Jerichow

A FILM BY: Christian Petzold
WRITTEN BY: Christian Petzold
STARRING: Benno Fürmann, Nina Hoss, Hilmi Sözer

"You can't love if you don't have money," Laura (Nina Hoss) tells Thomas (Benno Fürmann), the ex-solider who's been hired as a driver for her husband's semi-lucrative snack car empire in the former East Germany. The husband, Ali (Hilmi Sözer), is a Turk living uncomfortably in Germany, painfully aware that even his limited social stature-including his marriage-is provisional, tentatively bought and paid for. This spare, icy thriller transposes the desert tryst of James M. Cain's THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE, an equally desolate locale with unforgettable results.

In German with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 2008
Country of Origin: Germany
Language: German
Run Time: 93 mins
Format: 35mm

Phoenix

A FILM BY: Christian Petzold
WRITTEN BY: Christian Petzold (screenplay), Hubert Monteilhet (novel)
STARRING: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf

Spun out from a premise simultaneously implausible and sublime. PHOENIX reworks VERTIGO to deliver a stunning treatise on romantic and national delusion. Holocaust survivor Nelly Lenz (Nina Hoss) receives plastic surgery and returns to Germany after the war in search of her husband (Ronald Zehrfeld) who may have turned her over to the SS. He fails to recognize her, but believes that she might convincingly pass as his "dead" wife (that is to say, as herself) in a scheme to reclaim her confiscated inheritance. She will re-appear fresh from the camps in a stunning dress, with nary a hair out of place-the sparkling embodiment of the German people's denial of their own complicity in genocide.

In German with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 2014
Country of Origin: Germany
Language: German
Run Time: 98 mins
Format: DCP

Yella

A FILM BY: Christian Petzold
WRITTEN BY: Christian Petzold
STARRING: Nina Hoss, Devid Striesow, Hinnerk Schönemann

Taking inspiration from Herk Harvey's Midwest classic CARNIVAL OF SOULS, YELLA is a thriller steeped in undead malevolence. Ambitious accountant Yella (Nina Hoss) flees her abusive husband for an illusory job in Hanover; picking up the pieces, she must concot a scheme to stay afloat amidst a legion of greasy grifters and specters from her past. "I could see this being remade," mused Roger Ebert, "as one of those business thrillers with Michael Douglas looking cruel and expensive and finding his female equal. I'm not recommending that, just imagining it."

In German with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 2007
Country of Origin: Germany
Language: German
Run Time: 89 mins
Format: 35mm

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