The next German Monday Film Show screening is Christian Petzold’s psychological and political thriller, the winner of the Best Director Award of Berlinale 2012, recently screened in the European Film Festival at Gateway Cinema Nouveau
 

BARBARA
2012, 108 min., dir. Christian Petzold, script co-writer Harun Farocki, starring Nina Hoss, with English subtitles 

DATE: 26 MAY

TIME: 17h00

VENUE: Howard College, MTB West Wing, 1st Floor, German Programme, Media Room F251 

About the film
Winner of the Best Director prize at 2012 Berlin Film Festival, the latest film from Christian Petzold (Yella, Jerichow) is a simmering, impeccably crafted Cold War thriller, starring the gifted Nina Hoss-in her fifth lead role for the director-as a Berlin doctor banished to a rural East German hospital as punishment for applying for an exit visa. As her lover from the West carefully plots her escape, Barbara waits patiently and avoids friendships with her colleagues-except for Andre (Ronald Zehrfeld) the hospital’s head physician, who is warmly attentive to her. But even as she finds herself falling for him, Barbara still cannot be sure that Andre is not a spy. As her defensive wall slowly starts to crumble, she is eventually forced to make a profound decision about her future. A film of glancing moments and dangerous secrets, BARBARA paints a haunting picture of a woman being slowly crushed between the irreconcilable needs of desire and survival. Germany’s official Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film.   

For more details please contact:  

Dr Marion Pape
Head, German Studies
University of KwaZulu-Natal
School of Arts
Durban, 4041
Email: papem@ukzn.ac.za
Tel: 0027-31-260 1086 / 2380
Fax: 0027-31-260 1242

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