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TRANSIT

TRANSIT
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German troops are fast approaching Paris. Georg, a German refugee, escapes to Marseille in the nick of time. In his luggage, he carries the documents of an author, Weidel, who has taken his own life in fear of his persecutors. Those documents include a manuscript, letters and visa assurance from the Mexican embassy.

In Marseille, only those who can prove they will leave, may remain. Visas for possible host countries, transit visas, and those scarce tickets for passage by ship are much needed. Georg has memorized Weidel’s papers and assumes his identity. He delves into the quasi-existence of flight: refugee chatter in the corridors of a small hotel, the consulates, cafés and bars that line the harbor... He befriends Driss, the son of his comrade Heinz, who died on the run. Why move on at all? Are new beginnings possible elsewhere anyway?

Everything changes when Georg falls in love with the mysterious Marie. Is it devotion or calculation that has led her to share her life with a doctor, Richard, before journeying on in search of her husband? He’s said to have surfaced in Marseille in possession of a Mexican visa for him and his wife.

Making use of the uncanny parallels between historical fact and present-day Marseille, Christian Petzold's TRANSIT tells the story of a nearly impossible great love amid escape, exile and a longing for a place one can call home. Based on the 1942 novel by Anna Seghers.


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 2018
Director Christian Petzold
Screenplay Christian Petzold
Cinematography Hans Fromm
Cast Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer, Godehard Giese, Lilien Batman, Maryam Zaree, Barbara Auer, Matthias Brandt, Sebastian Hülk, Emilie de Preissac, Antoine Oppenheim, Ronald Kukulies, Justus von Dohnányi, Alex Brendemühl, Trystan Pütter
Producers Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Weber
Co-Producer Antonin Dedet
Production Company Schramm Film Koerner & Weber/Berlin, in co-production with neon productions/Marseille, ZDF, ARTE, ARTE France Cinéma/Paris
Length 101 min
Format DCP, color, cs
Original Version
 German, French
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby 5.1
Festivals Berlinale 2018 (In Competition), Hong Kong 2018, Istanbul 2018, Jeonju 2018, BAFICI 2018, Ankara 2018, Crossing Europe Linz 2018, Sydney 2018, Shanghai 2018, Jerusalem 2018, Melbourne 2018, Toronto 2018, Vancouver 2018, New York 2018, Mill Valley 2018, Chicago 2018, Gent 2018, Mumbai 2018, Singapore 2018, Black Nights Tallinn 2018, Cairo 2018, Kerala 2018, Havana 2018, Philadelphia 2018, Palm Springs 2019, Santa Barbara 2019, Miami Jewish FF 2019, Dublin 2019, Bengaluru 2019, Cleveland 2019, Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival San José & Redwood City 2019
Awards Critics Award Miami Jewish FF 2019, Bavaria Film Prize 2019 (Best Screenplay), Dublin Film Critics Circle Award Best Film 2019
With backing from BKM, Eurimages, German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Mini Traité, CNC, PACA, Cinéma du Monde
German Distributor Piffl Medien/Berlin

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