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Wolfsburg

Wolfsburg
Benno Fuermann, Nina Hoss (photo © H. Fromm)

Car salesman Philip Wagner is driving along an asphalted dirt road used by the locals as a short cut to Wolfsburg. He is having an argument on his mobile with his fiancée when, suddenly, he runs over a child. He sees the child's body in his rear-view mirror, hesitates, brakes, but does not get out. He stays right where he is in his life - and simply drives on. It looks as though he might be lucky this time, the boy comes out of his coma and the police are looking for another car rather than his. Philip's life continues.

But then the child dies. Shattered by her son's death, Laura decides to find the perpetrator. She makes her way from one scrap metal yard to another, and from one workshop to another - all to no avail. With the help of her girlfriend Vera, Laura tries to pick up the pieces in her life. And then, by chance, she meets Philip.

Philip takes Laura under his wing, he tries to help her up again and give her support. All of a sudden, a feeling of security and closeness begins to evolve. But Laura has no idea with whom she is getting involved...


Christian Petzold was born in Hilden in 1960 and has lived in Berlin since 1981. He studied German Language and Literature before studying at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB) from 1988 to 1994. His highly-acclaimed films include: PILOTINNEN (1995), CUBA LIBRE (1996), DIE BLEISCHLAFDIEBIN (1998), THE STATE I AM IN (DIE INNERE SICHERHEIT, 2000), SOMETHING TO REMIND ME (TOTER MANN, 2001), WOLFSBURG (2002), GHOSTS (GESPENSTER, 2004), YELLA (2006), JERICHOW (2008), DREILEBEN - BEATS BEING DEAD (DREILEBEN - ETWAS BESSERES ALS DEN TOD, 2011), BARBARA (2012), PHOENIX (2014), and TRANSIT (2018).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2002
Director Christian Petzold
Screenplay Christian Petzold
Cinematography Hans Fromm
Bettina Boehler
Stephan Will
K.D. Gruber
Cast Benno Fürmann, Nina Hoss, Antje Westermann, Astrid Meyerfeldt, Matthias Matschke, Soraya Gomaa
Producer Bettina Reitz
Production Company teamWorx/Berlin, in cooperation with ARTE for ZDF
Length 90 min
Format 16 mm
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, Spanish
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Berlin 2003 (Panorama), Pusan 2003, AFI Los Angeles 2003, London 2003, Montreal 2003, Bratislava 2003, Black Nights Tallinn 2003, Art Film Fetival Teplice 2003, Lagow 2003, Shanghai 2004
Awards FIPRESCI Award Berlin 2003, 2 Magnolia Awards for Best Screenplay & Best Direction Shanghai 2004
German Distributor Peripher Filmverleih/Berlin

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