FRI. OCT. 5, 2012 – 7:30 PM – OPENING NIGHT!
Directed by Christian Petzold
The summer of 1980. Barbara, a doctor, has applied for an exit visa from the GDR. Now, as punishment, she is transferred from the capital to a small hospital out in the country, far from everything. Jörg, her lover from the West, is already planning her escape. The Baltic Sea seems like the way to go.Barbara waits. The new apartment, the neighbors, summertime, the countryside – none of that means anything to her anymore. Working as a pediatric surgeon under her new boss Andre, she is attentive when it comes to the patients, but quite distanced toward her colleagues. Her future, she feels, is to begin later.Andre confuses her. His confidence in her professional abilities, his caring attitude, his smile. Why does he cover for her when she helps the young runaway Sarah? Does he have an assignment to keep track of her? Is he in love? As the day of her planned escape quickly approaches, Barbara starts to lose control. Over herself, her plans, over love.
Awards Silver Bear (Best Direction) Berlin 2012, German Film Award 2012 (Best Film: Silver)