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Transit

Germany/France, 2018
Director: Christian Petzold

Showing: 29 January 2020


Christian Petzold’s bold Cannes award-winning film is based on a 1942 novel by Anna Seghers. In this “1940s drama with 21st-century cars and streetscapes” (Peter Bradshaw) past and present merge enigmatically. A fugitive impersonates a deceased writer in a desperate attempt to flee a fascist state. On reaching Marseilles he encounters the writer’s wife and becomes embroiled in an existential crisis.

(101 mins, cert. 12A, German/French with sub-titles)