A bewitching magical-realist tale of love, seduction and loss. Undine (Paula Beer, TRANSIT) works as a knowledgeable historian lecturing on Berlin’s urban development. Yet she’s no ordinary woman. When the man she loves leaves her, the myth of the water nymph with whom she shares a name catches up to her — and Undine is truly fated to claim the life of the man who betrays her before returning to the waters from which she emerged. Celebrated German filmmaker Christian Petzold (TRANSIT, PHOENIX) reworks a centuries old tale that endeavors to give Undine the agency needed to refashion her myth with her own hands, and a chance to fall in love anew with the kind-hearted Christoph (Franz Rogowski, TRANSIT).
Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize (director Christian Petzold) and the Silver Berlin Bear (actress Paula Beer) at the Berlin International Film Festival.
“An odd new beauty from one of Germany's best directors…. [Paula] Beer and [Franz] Rogowski are so good, and have such amazing chemistry, that it’s hard to look away or not root for them to be together.” —Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter “There’s just enough magic and mystery to tease out a supernatural reading of the film, though Petzold encourages viewers to find pleasure in puzzling out his femme fatale for themselves.” —Simran Hans, Guardian “One of Europe’s most exciting filmmakers returns — with the first of a new trilogy no less…. Simultaneously baffling and completely lucid. A head scratcher and a soul shaker.” —David Jenkins, Little White Lies