Thursday, Nov. 8 at 2:15pm
Sunday, Nov. 11 at 3:00pm
Plaza Frontenac Cinema
Plaza Frontenac Cinema

In Christian Petzold’s (“Barbara,” “Phoenix”) brilliant and haunting modern-day adaptation of the 1942 novel “Transit Visa,” German refugee Georg (Franz Rogowski, “Happy End”) flees to Marseille, assuming the identity of a recently deceased writer whose papers he is carrying. There he delves into the delicate and complex culture of the refugee community, becoming enmeshed in the lives of a young mother and son and falling for a mysterious woman named Marie (Paula Beer). Toronto’s Globe and Mail writes: “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. His trick is marvellously simple: He takes the ‘Casablanca’-like story from a wartime novel by the German writer Anna Seghers and places it in a more-or-less current setting using contemporary dress…. The film makes the link between wartime fascism and current anti-refugee sentiment quietly explicit and highly effective.”

101 min.
French, French Sign Language & German

Directed by

Christian Petzold


France Germany

Film Category

International Spotlight Robert French and French-Language Focus


Immigration War