Transit

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1hr 41mins // directed by:Christian Petzold // featuring:Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer, Godehard Giese // in German and French with English subtitles // Assisted Listening

Phoenix director Christian Petzold’s brilliant and haunting modern-day adaptation of Anna Seghers’s 1942 novel.

As fascism spreads, German refugee Georg (Franz Rogowski) flees to Marseille and assumes the identity of the dead writer whose transit papers he is carrying. Living among refugees from around the world, Georg falls for Marie (Paula Beer), a mysterious woman searching for her husband--the man whose identity he has stolen. Adapted from Anna Segher’s 1942 novel, Transit transposes the original story to the present, blurring periods to create a timeless exploration of the plight of displaced people.

CRITIC'S PICK: "An existential thriller about loss, trauma, statelessness and historical amnesia, Transit is the latest from the German director Christian Petzold, an electrifying, original filmmaker." — Manohla Dargis, New York Times

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"Anyone who appreciates cinema's underrated capacity to confound-to really sabotage our understanding of what's transpiring -will get a rush from the way Petzold constantly shifts the ground underneath our feet." — A.A. Dowd, AV Club

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"Transit invites viewers to trace their own speculative connections between Seghers' narrative and the contemporary rise in neo-Nazism and anti-refugee sentiment, all while its surtext remains achingly moving." — Guy Lodge, Variety

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