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Video Interview: Nina Hoss (Christian Petzold’s Phoenix)

[Editor’s note: This interview took place at the 2014 edition of TIFF. Sundance Selects releases the film in limited theaters and On Demand on July 24th.]

I sat down with Nina Hoss after the premiere of her new film Phoenix at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Her sixth collaboration with director Christian Petzold, we discuss their developing dynamic, as well as how she knew while working on their first feature (the 2001 film Something to Remind Me) that they would have a fruitful relationship. The actress wasn’t aware that Phoenix had previously been made into the film Return From the Ashes, but we discuss its likeness to other post war film noirs and pre WWII plastic surgery films. Hoss briefly discusses her interest in music and how her marriage to music producer Alex Silva granted her an opportunity to flex her musical talents as a guest vocalist on a track from the Manic Street Preachers earlier in 2014.

Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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