Germany's official Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film. Winner of the Best Director prize at the Berlin Film Festival.

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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.

Genre

Drama

Language

German with English Subtitles

Starring

Nina Hoss ... Barbara
Ronald Zehrfeld ... André
Rainer Bock ... Klaus Schütz

Directed by

Christian Petzold

Written by

Christian Petzold (screenplay)Harun Farocki (collaborator on screenplay)

Produced by

Anne Even ... Producer
Florian Koerner von Gustorf ... Producer
Michael Weber ... Executive Producer

Awards

Winner: Best Director, Berlin Film Festival, 2012
Winner: Outstanding Feature Film, German Film Awards, 2012
Winner: Best Film, German Critics Awards, 2013
Official Selection: Telluride Film Festival, 2012
Official Selection: New York Film Festival, 2012
Official Selection: AFI Fest, 2012
Nominated: Best Film, European Film Awards, 2012

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Country of Origin

Germany

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