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by Christian Petzold


Nelly Lenz is a concentration camp survivor who has been left severely injured with a disfigured face. Lene Winter, who works for the Jewish Agency, takes her to Berlin. Following facial re- construction surgery, Nelly begins the search for her husband Johnny. When she finally does find him, Johnny does not recognise her. Nevertheless he approaches her with a proposal. Since she resembles his wife, whom he believes to be dead, he asks her to help him claim his wife's considerable inheritance. Nelly agrees, and becomes her own doppelganger - she needs to know if Johnny ever loved her, or if he betrayed her. Nelly wants her life back. The more similarities to her dead counterpart she reveals, the more desperate and confusing their relationship becomes. Will Johnny confess his love? Or his guilt?

international title: Phoenix
original title: Phoenix
country: Germany
sales agent: The Match Factory
year: 2014
genre: fiction
directed by: Christian Petzold
film run: 98'
release date: DE 25/09/2014, FR 26/01/2015, IT 19/02/2015, BE 11/03/2015, SE 21/08/2015
screenplay: Christian Petzold
cast: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Michael Maertens, Nina Kunzendorf, Uwe Preuss, Eva Bay
cinematography by: Hans Fromm
art director: Merlin Ortner
costumes designer: Anette Guther
music: Stefan Will
producer: Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Weber
production: Schramm Film Koerner & Weber
distributor: Piffl Medien Filmverleih, Diaphana Distribution, A-Film België NV, Asociatia Culturala Macondo, Folkets Bio


main awards/selection

Festival Internazionale del Film di Roma 2014Gala
Festival du Film d'Amour de Mons 2015International Competition

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