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Through the Looking-Glass…Top 200 Most Anticipated Films of 2017: #9. Christian Petzold’s Transit


Director: Christian Petzold
Writers: Christian Petzold, Harun Farocki

From within the newer movement known as the Berlin School of filmmaking, German auteur Christian Petzold has managed to stake the greatest international acclaim thanks to recent titles such as Barbara (2012) and Phoenix (2014). Mostly working with co-collaborator Nina Hoss, Petzold tends to craft his films from already existing cinematic endeavors (Phoenix is a version of Return from the Ashes and 2007’s Yella retools Carnival of Souls). Petzold aims to return to the 1940s with Transit, an adaptation of Anna Segher’s 1942 novel Transit Visa which concerns a refugee trapped without papers in Marseilles.

Cast: NA

Production Co./Producers: NA

U.S. Distributor: Rights available. TBD (domestic/international).

Release Date: During publicity for the US release of Phoenix in 2015, Petzold professed his plans to shoot Transit sometime in 2016 (he also filmed a project called Circles for Bavarian television network BR). No news on whether or not Nina Hoss will again headline the cast (and she has a shoot for Volker Schlondorff to commence shortly), but if production is completed in 2016, we anticipate Petzold either returning to Berlin or attempting to break into the Cannes competition.


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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