MLL International Film Series - German Film "Phoenix" (2014, Christian Petzold)

October 31, 2016 - 6:00pm
Neville Hall, Room 003


A spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion, and deception unfolds against the turmoil of post-World War II Germany in the new film from acclaimed director Christian Petzold (Barbara, Jerichow).  Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp, but with her face disfigured by a bullet wound.  After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), doesn't recognize her.  Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis.  Evoking the shadows and haunted mood of post-war Berlin, Phoenix weaves a complex tale of a nation's tragedy and a woman's search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax.

Awards: Official Selection - Toronto International Film Festival
Winner: Nina Hoss as Best Actress, Seattle International Film Festival

This event is free and open only to Lehigh students/faculty/staff.

Light refreshments will be served after the film.

Be sure to catch all of the films in this year’s MLL International Film Series:

  October 3     White Material   (French)

  October 5     Densha Otoko/Train Man   (Japanese)

October 10     My Perestroika   (Russian)

October 19     The Story of Qiu Ju   (Chinese)

October 24     Where Do We Go Now?   (Arabic)

October 26     La Jaula de Oro/The Golden Dream   (Spanish)

October 31     Phoenix   (German)