Christian Petzold Film Festival
Wednesday, October 23
Presented by: Lutz Koepnick, Gertrude Conaway Professor of German and Film Studies
Germany (2008) Dir: Christian Petzold. A taut thriller, Jerichow adds a bit of European xenophobia to the pulp traditions of passion and betrayal. This James M. Cain-style noir serves up a classic triangle: an alluring, unhappy wife, a piggish husband, and the handsome loner who can’t help himself — and does. The Turkish diaspora in Germany proves the catalyst for this unlikely friendship between a veteran of the Afghan-Soviet war and a middle-aged Turk in need of a helping hand. A great modern thriller with passion that boils right through to the shocking ending. German and Turkish with English subtitles. Unrated. 93 mins.