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Official Submission, Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award (Germany)
Winner! Silver Bear Award, Best Director, Berlin International Film Festival
Winner! Outstanding Feature, German Film Awards


“One of the year's best films ... a quiet, tense drama.” – AO Scott, New York Times

"A quietly gripping thriller ... A riveting performance by Nina Hoss." - Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times

“This gripping new film is the most compelling depiction since The Lives of Others of day-to-day life in a modern surveillance state.” – Jason Apuzzo, Huffington Post


Germany’s official submission for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, Barbara is the latest film from Christian Petzold (Jerichow), 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. (Dir. by Christian Petzold, Germany, 106 min., in German with English subtitles, Not Rated, Adopt Films) 35mm


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"Barbara" Official US Trailer, directed by Christian Petzold from Adopt Films on Vimeo.


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