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YELLA

YELLA
YELLA (photo © Hans Fromm)

Yella has decided to leave her small town for a promising job and new life, leaving behind her failed marriage and broken dreams. Nothing can stop her: not even a freak car accident with her psychotic ex-husband driving on the day of her departure.

After a humiliating professional setback, the winds change for pretty Yella when young executive Philipp takes a chance on her as his assistant. Although she has no experience in high-risk venture capital, coincidence lends a hand and Yella soon discovers she has a knack with ruthless businessmen. Negotiations become a thrilling game of quick wits in which Yella’s looks and icy demeanor are major assets.

Yella sees a potential future with Philipp. He is serious, determined, and his goals could become shared projects. It seems ambitious Yella could finally get everything she ever wanted… But strange sounds and events plague Yella. Truths from her past come back to haunt her. Her new life could be too good to be real.


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 2007
Director Christian Petzold
Screenplay Christian Petzold
Cinematography Hans Fromm
Bettina Boehler
Cast Barbara Auer, Burghart Klaußner, Christian Redl, Hinnerk Schönemann, Devid Striesow, Nina Hoss
Producers Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Weber
Production Company Schramm Film Koerner & Weber/Berlin, in co-production with ZDF, ARTE
Length 89 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Berlin 2007 (In Competition), BAFICI Buenos Aires 2007, Shanghai 2007, Edinburgh 2007, Rio 2007, Molodist Kiev 2007, Hamptons 2007, Stockholm 2007, Havana 2007, Berlin & Beyond San Francisco 2007, Locarno 2009, Festival do Rio 2013, Festroia 2014, Odessa 2016, Jerusalem 2018
Awards Silver Bear Berlin 2007 (Best Actress: Nina Hoss), German Film Award 2008 (Best Actress)
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, BKM, Nordmedia
German Distributor Piffl Medien/Berlin

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