Directed by Christian Petzold

Directed by Christian Petzold

5 Episodes

Past and present seem to coexist in an uneasy state somewhere between dreams and waking reality in the films of contemporary German auteur Christian Petzold. Toying with classic genre conventions—horror, thriller, noir, melodrama—he obsessively reworks them to create quietly riveting, slow-burn spellbinders that speak both to the trauma of Germany’s turbulent twentieth-century history and to the political anxieties of contemporary life. All starring his frequent collaborator, the mesmerizing Nina Hoss, these films—including his international breakout JERICHOW and the stunning World War II mystery PHOENIX—are at once elegantly restrained and profoundly emotional reflections on lives in limbo.

Subscribe Share
Directed by Christian Petzold
  • Introducing Christian Petzold

    Episode 1

  • Yella
    Episode 2


    Episode 2

    Directed by Christian Petzold • 2007 • Germany
    Starring Nina Hoss, Devid Striesow, Hinnerk Schönemann

    Narrowly escaping her volatile ex-husband, Yella flees her small hometown in former East Germany for a new life in the West. She finds a promising job with Philipp, a handsome business executive...

  • Jerichow

    Episode 3

    Directed by Christian Petzold • 2008 • Germany
    Starring Nina Hoss, Benno Fürmann, Hilmi Sözer

    In a small, desolate town in northeastern Germany, a handsome ex-soldier, a Turkish businessman, and his beautiful, restless wife find themselves in a desperate love traingle in this suspenseful reworki...

  • Barbara
    Episode 4


    Episode 4

    Directed by Christian Petzold • 2012 • Germany
    Starring Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Rainer Bock

    East Germany, 1980. Barbara Wolff is a young doctor who has applied for an exit visa from the GDR and, as punishment, has been transferred from her prestigious post in Berlin to a small pediatric hosp...

  • Phoenix
    Episode 5


    Episode 5

    Directed by Christian Petzold • 2014 • Germany

    This evocative and haunting drama, set in rubble-strewn Berlin in 1945, is like no other film about post-World War II Jewish-German identity. After surviving Auschwitz, a former cabaret singer (Nina Hoss, in a dazzling, multilayered performance) has...