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by Christian Petzold


East Germany. Barbara has requested a departure permit. It is the summer of 1978. She is a physician and is transferred, for disciplinary reasons, to a small hospital far away from everything in a provincial backwater. Her lover, a foreign trade employee at Mannesmann that she met on a spring night in East Berlin, is working on her escape. She does not care about anything around her: the patients, her colleagues, the neighbours, the summer and the countryside. There is nothing holding her here anymore. Barbara is cold, within herself, withdrawing from everyone and everything around her. That summer, her existence is disturbed. She meets a physician, André, who was also transferred for disciplinary reasons. André confuses Barbara. Did they put him on to her? Or has he fallen in love with her? Barbara loses control - of herself, of love, of her live.

international title: Barbara
original title: Barbara
country: Germany
sales agent: The Match Factory
year: 2012
genre: fiction
directed by: Christian Petzold
film run: 100'
release date: DE 08/03/2012, AT 16/03/2012, FR 02/05/2012, SE 10/08/2012, FI 17/08/2012, BE 12/09/2012, NL 13/09/2012, IE 28/09/2012, NO 28/09/2012, GB 28/09/2012, HU 04/10/2012, GR 18/10/2012, PL 09/11/2012, DK 29/11/2012, PT 31/01/2013, RO 15/02/2013, IT 14/03/2013, ES 05/04/2013
screenplay: Christian Petzold
cast: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Mark Waschke, Jasna Fritzi Bauer, Jannik Schümann, Christina Hecke
cinematography by: Hans Fromm
film editing: Bettina Böhler
art director: Stefan Will
costumes designer: Anette Guther
music: Stefan Will
producer: Michael Weber, Florian Koerner von Gustorf
production: Schramm Film Koerner & Weber, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)
backing: Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, BKM - Kulturelle Filmförderung des Bundes, Filmförderungsanstalt, Deutscher Filmförderfonds
distributor: Piffl Medien Filmverleih, Stadtkino Filmverleih, Pyramide Distribution, A-Film België NV, Look Now!, Arthaus, Seven Films, Vivarto, Independenta Film, BIM Distribuzione, Soda Pictures, A-Film Distribution, Kino Świat, United International Pictures Denmark, Golem Distribución, Folkets Bio
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main awards/selection

Berlinale 2012 In Competition
Best Director
Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema (BAFICI) 2012Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2012
Athens Film Festival 2012 
São Paulo International Film Festival 2012 
Cinemanila International Film Festival 2012 

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