Germany, France


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.

Director's Biography

Born in 1960, Christian Petzold studied German Philology and Theatre at the Free University of Berlin and subsequently studied Directing at the German Film and Television Academy of Berlin between 1988 and 1994. Additionally, he worked as an assistant director for Harun Farocki and Hartmut Bitomsky. Christian Petzold’s award-winning features include: PILOTS (1995), CUBA LIBRE (1996; Jury’s Sponsorship Award at the Max Ophüls Festi- val), THE SEX THIEF (1998; Producer Award at the Max Ophüls Festival), THE STATE I AM IN (2001; German Film Award for Best Feature Film; the Hes- sen Film Prize), SOMETHING TO REMIND ME (2002; Grimme Prize, German Television Prize; Fipa d’Or – Biarritz), WOLFSBURG (2003; the Interna- tional Film Critics’ Prize – Panorama of Berlinale; Grimme Prize), GHOSTS (2005; Berlinale; German Film Critics’ Prize), YELLA (2007; Silver Bear at the Berlinale and the German Film Prize for Nina Hoss), JERICHOW (2008; Venice Film Festival; German Film Critics’ Prize) and DREILEBEN – SOMETHING BETTER THAN DEATH (2011; Grimme Prize and German Television Award, collectively with Dominik Graf and Christoph Hochhäusler). For BARBARA (2012) Christian Petzold was awarded the Silver Bear at the Berlinale for Best Director. Other awards for the film include the German Film Prize in silver and the nomination for the European Film Prize. As with BARBARA, PHOENIX (2014) was listed in the “Top Five Foreign Language Films” of the National Board of Reviews in the USA and was awarded the Fipresci Prize in San Sebastián, the Director’s Award in Lisbon and Hong Kong, the German Film Award for Nina Kunzendorf as best supporting actress and the Actor’s Award for Nina Hoss at international film festivals in Mons and Seattle, among other awards. Most recently, Petzold wrote and directed TV crime dramas KREISE (Circles, 2015) and WÖLFE (Wolves, 2016) with Matthias Brandt and Barbara Auer.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Christian Petzold

Written by: Christian Petzold

Produced by: Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Weber

Cinematography: Hans Fromm

Editing: Bettina Böhler

Production Design: Kade Gruber

Costume Design: Katharina Ost

Make-Up & Hair: Kitty Kratschke, Sonia Salazar Delgado

Original Score: Stefan Will

Sound Design: Dominik Schleier, Christian Conrad

Cast: Franz Rogowski (Georg), Paula Beer (Marie)

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2018