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Synopsis: Winner of the Best Director prize at the Berlin Film Festival, the latest film from Christian Petzold (Yella, Jerichow) is a simmering, impeccably crafted Cold War thriller, starring the gifted Nina Hoss-in her fifth lead role for the director-as a Berlin doctor banished to a rural East German hospital as punishment for applying for an exit visa. As her lover from the West carefully plots her escape, Barbara waits patiently and avoids friendships with her colleagues-except for Andre (Ronald Zehrfeld) the hospital’s head physician, who is warmly attentive to her. But even as she finds herself falling for him, Barbara still cannot be sure that Andre is not a spy. As her defensive wall slowly starts to crumble, she is eventually forced to make a profound decision about her future. A film of glancing moments and dangerous secrets, BARBARA paints a haunting picture of a woman being slowly crushed between the irreconcilable needs of desire and survival. Germany’s official Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film.






German with English Subtitles

Run Time

105 minutes




Nina Hoss (Barbara)
Ronald Zehrfeld (André)
Rainer Bock (Klaus Schütz)

Directed by

Christian Petzold

Produced by

Anne Even
Florian Koerner von Gustorf

Executive Producer

Michael Weber

Edited by

Bettina Böhler


Stefan Will

Production Designer

Kade Gruber


Hans Fromm


Berlin International Film Festival - Germany - 2012

Silver Berlin Bear, Best Director (Christian Petzold)

Nuremberg Film Festival - Germany - 2012

Best Film (Christian Petzold)

National Board of Review - USA - 2012

NBR Award for Top Five Foreign Language Films (Barbara)

Guild of German Art House Cinemas - Germany - 2012

Guild Film Award - Gold German Film (Christian Petzold)

German Film Awards - Germany - 2012

Film Award in Silver, Outstanding Feature Film (Florian Koerner von Gustorf (producer), Michael Weber (producer) Schramm Film Koerner & Weber)

German Film Critics Association Awards - Germany - 2013

Best Film, Best Editing (Bettina Böhler, Christian Petzold)


Berlin International Film Festival - Germany - 2012

Golden Berlin Bear, Best Film


Rotten Tomatoes - 94% Certified Fresh! - [Rotten Tomatoes]

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Aspect Ratio

1.85 : 1

Sound Mix

Dolby Digital



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