“With Transit, director Christian Petzold creates a Second World War adventure that is not a sentimental costume drama and a contemporary political parable that is not a didactic sermon—and produces a highly entertaining film into the bargain.” (Globe and Mail)
From Christian Petzold, the acclaimed director of Phoenix—the much-talked-about opening night film from the 2015 Westchester Jewish Film Festival—comes this bold, imaginative adaptation of a 1942 work by German novelist Anna Seghers. We follow Georg (Franz Rogowski), a downtrodden European refugee who escaped from two concentration camps, as he arrives in Marseille after assuming the identity of a renowned novelist named Weidel, who recently took his own life. No one else knows of Weidel’s passing. Georg timidly enters the shabby, shady world of Marseille’s refugee community and becomes enmeshed in the lives of a young boy and his mother, and that of a beautiful and mysterious young woman, Marie (Paula Beer, Frantz), who is desperately searching for her husband. Layered and Kafkaesque, Transit, which takes place in the 1940s and right now, is a stunning, defiant drama like no other.