Phoenix is a 2014 German drama film directed by Christian Petzold. Set in the aftermath of World War II, the film tells the story of Nelly, a Jewish singer who survived the Holocaust but was left disfigured and barely recognizable. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly sets out to find her husband Johnny, who she believes betrayed her to the Nazis.
Phoenix is a haunting and beautifully crafted film that explores the themes of identity, memory, and trauma. The film's direction is masterful, with Christian Petzold creating a sense of suspense and tension that keeps the audience engaged throughout. The performances are outstanding, with Nina Hoss delivering a powerful and nuanced portrayal of Nelly, and Ronald Zehrfeld giving a compelling performance as Johnny. The film is a poignant and emotionally resonant exploration of the aftermath of war and the human experience of survival and betrayal.
Phoenix has won numerous awards, including:
- Best Actress for Nina Hoss at the German Film Awards
- Best Film at the Sydney Film Festival
- Best Director at the Bavarian Film Awards
- Best Film at the FIPRESCI Prize at the Toronto International Film Festival
The film's critical acclaim and numerous accolades are a testament to its powerful and compelling storytelling, and its ability to explore complex themes with nuance and sensitivity.
Overall, Phoenix is a deeply affecting and thought-provoking film that offers a powerful commentary on the human condition. It is a testament to the power of cinema to tell important stories and to shed light on important social issues.
|Directed by||Christian Petzold|
|Produced by||Florian Koerner von Gustorf
|Screenplay by||Christian Petzold
|Based on||The Return from the Ashes
by Hubert Monteilhet
|Music by||Stefan Will|
|Edited by||Bettina Böhler|
|Release date||25 September 2014 (Germany) 24 July 2015 (United States)|
|Running time||100 minutes|
|Box office||$5.6 million|