Skip to main content

BARBARA

Germany, 2012 (MIFF 2012, International Panorama)

Director: Christian Petzold

BARBARA

Winner of Best Director at the Berlin Film Festival.

In the paranoiac nightmare of East Germany, 1980, Barbara - a physician from Berlin - has been sent to a small country town as punishment for some unknown crime against the state. Tormented by the Stasi, she dreams of escape to the West but finds herself being drawn inexorably, disastrously into a relationship with a fellow doctor.

Subtly drawn and impeccably acted, Barbara is the assured new offering from German master Christian Petzold (Yella, MIFF 07). A film of glancing moments and dangerous secrets, Barbara paints a haunting picture of a young woman being slowly crushed between the irreconcilable needs of desire and survival.

“Wise and incisively crafted... brings simmering intelligence and a dry, sardonic compassion to bear on its tale of two doctors slowly worming their way into each other's hearts and minds.” - Variety

D/S Christian Petzold P Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Weber Dist Madman Entertainment L German w/English subtitles TD DCP/2012

See also...

DREILEBEN - BEATS BEING DEAD

The first of the 'Dreileben' television series, a collection of three stand-alone films created by three prominent German filmmakers about a fictional small town plagued by an escaped criminal. ... More »

YELLA

“Another precision-helmed, tightly wound, metaphysical thriller that confirms [Christian Petzold] as one of Germany's finest middle-generation directors.” - Variety Featuring a stand-out ... More »

OH BOY

"With its put-upon protagonist, black-and-white cityscape and snappy soundtrack of New Orleans-style jazz, the comedy Oh Boy inescapably brings to mind vintage Woody Allen." - Hollywood Reporter ... More »

THREE

"Good-looking, inventively plotted, littered with post-modern themes, perfectly cast and in tune with the times." - Screen International ... From his fast and furious debut, Run Lola Run, to the ... More »

AT ELLEN'S AGE

Eat, pray, whatever. ... Idling through her forties, Ellen's life is about to hit the brakes. Losing her job, partner and mind all in the same week, she embarks on a bizarre anti-journey of ... More »

The Ninth Day

Faith, conscience and evil lie at the very heart of Volker Schloendorff's masterly new film, [The Ninth Day]. Based on a true story, this measured and deeply compelling film explores one of the most ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director