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Christian Petzold filming Undine


- The movie will portray Undine as a history graduate who works as a guide in modern-day Berlin

Christian Petzold filming Undine
Director Christian Petzold together with lead actors Paula Beer and Franz Rogowski, producer Florian Koerner von Gustorf and cinematographer Hans Fromm (© obs/ZDF/Marco Krüger)

Christian Petzold, the director of the modern-day-set World War II thriller Transit [+see also:
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– one of the Golden Bear contenders at the 2018 Berlinale – as well as many other critically acclaimed features, began shooting his eagerly awaited new film Undine last week. Transit actors Paula Beer and Franz Rogowski will return to play the lead roles, while Jacob Matschenz and Maryam Zaree are also among the cast. Furthermore, the film is being shot by Petzold’s regular cinematographer, Hans Fromm.

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Named after the water nymph that seduces men in a number of mythological tales, the German director’s new movie will portray Undine (Paula Beer) as a history graduate who works as a guide in Berlin in the present day. After her partner (Jacob Matschenz) leaves her for another woman, she is cursed and compelled to kill the man who betrayed her and return to the waters she was once summoned from. Yet unlike the mythological character, in the film, Undine tries to defy her fate. Immediately after the break-up, she meets Christoph (Franz Rogowski), an industrial diver, and falls in love with him. The two have a wonderful time together until he realises that she is running away from something and starts to feel betrayed.

Schramm Film Koerner & Weber is producing the picture together with Les Films du Losange, ARTE and ARTE France Cinéma. Florian Koerner von Gustorf and Michael Weber are on board as producers, while Margaret Ménégoz is involved as the film’s co-producer. Undine has been backed by the German Federal Film Board (FFA), the German Minister for Culture and the Media (BKM), the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF) and the Film and Media Foundation NRW. Filming is under way in Berlin and in North Rhine-Westphalia, and is due to wrap in mid-August.

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