Category: Main Competition, Narrative Feature.

Age limitations : 16+

Christian Petzold


Country: Germany, Poland

Duration: 98 min

Director: Christian Petzold

Genre: Drama

Screenplay: Christian Petzold, Harun Farocki, Hubert Monteye

Producers: Florian Körner background Gustorf, Michael Weber, Jacek Gachkovski

Operator: Hans Fromm

Composer: Stefan Will

Artist: Kade Gruber, Merlin Ortner, Anette Gyuter

Editor: Bettina Bёhler

Cast: : Nina Hoss, Ronald Tserfeld Nina Kuntsendorf Tristan Putter, Michael Mertens


Category: Main Competition, Narrative Feature

Age limitations : 16+


The film follows Nelly Lenz, a Holocaust survivor and former cabaret singer, who returns to Berlin after undergoing facial reconstruction surgery for damage caused by a bullet wound.Following the end of World War II and the liberation of the concentration camps, Nelly returns to Germany with her friend Lene. Here, Lene takes Nelly to a reconstructive plastic surgeon. Although Nelly tells the surgeon that she would like to look exactly like she used to, he is unable to fully recreate her old face and Nelly is clearly disappointed with the final result upon catching a glimpse of her reflection.Lene finds an apartment for herself and Nelly. Since Nelly's family members have all died during the war, Nelly has inherited a considerable amount of money. Lene suggests to Nelly that she collect the money and that the two of them then travel to Palestine, where they will be safer and can use the money to help with the creation of an independent Jewish state.

Rewards and nominations

  • Toronto Film Critics Association Awards 2016 -Winning: Best Actress Nina Hoss, Best Foreign Language Film
  • London Film Festival 2014 -Nomination: Best Film
  • German Film Awards 2015- Winning:Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Nina Kunzendorf 
  • Hong Kong International Film Festival 2015 - Winning : SIGNIS Award - Special Mention
  • North Carolina Film Critics Association 2016 - Winning :Best Foreign Language Film