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JERICHOW

JERICHOW
JERICHOW (photo © Schramm Film/Christian Schulz)

Off the beaten path of life, three people stumble into a fateful encounter. Thomas, young and strong, has been dishonorably discharged from the army. Ali, an affable Turkish businessman, has seen some hard times but now his primary concern is making sure the employees of his snack-bars don’t cheat on him. Laura, an attractive woman with a dark past, seems to find refuge in the shadows of her marriage to Ali.

Thomas, Ali, and Laura keep an eye on each other and keep their secrets to themselves. They want love but also security. They consider themselves independent, and what they desire can only be achieved by betrayal.

JERICHOW is a love-triangle in which yearning evaporates into even bigger dreams. This drama unfolds on the country roads in desolate northeast Germany, where thick forests suddenly end on cliffs overlooking the Baltic Sea. The story is a classic cinematic constellation but with a daring new interpretation: caught between guilt and freedom, between passion and reason, there are wishes whose fulfillment can only mean escape.


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 2008
Director Christian Petzold
Screenplay Christian Petzold
Cinematography Hans Fromm
Bettina Boehler
Stefan Will
K.D. Gruber
Cast Hilmi Sözer, Nina Hoss, Benno Fürmann
Producers Michael Weber, Florian Koerner von Gustorf
Production Company Schramm Film Koerner & Weber/Berlin, in co-production with Bayerischer Rundfunk, ARTE
Length 93 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Sound Technology Dolby Digital, Dolby SR
Festivals Venice 2008 (In Competition), Toronto 2008, Rotterdam 2009, BAFICI Buenos Aires 2009, Edinburgh 2009, Shanghai 2009, Rio 2009, Warsaw 2009, Sevilla 2009, Kerala 2009, Sofia 2010, Poitiers 2015, Odessa 2016
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Fund, BKM
German Distributor Piffl Medien/Berlin

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