Christian Petzold


Germany, France 2020
In German, with Finnish and Swedish subtitles
90 min
Suitable for audiences aged 12 and above
Director: Christian Petzold
Screenplay: Christian Petzold
Cast: Paula Beer, Franz Rogowski, Maryam Zaree
Production: Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Weber / Schramm Film Koerner & Weber
Print Source: Future Film


If you leave me, I’ll have to kill you,” Undine (Paula Beer) tells Johannes (Jacob Matschenz), who has beckoned her to their usual café, across the street from the Berlin City Museum, where she works as a historian. This is the part in water sprite folklore when things typically turn dark. To our eyes, Undine looks human. Though the film doesn’t explain it explicitly, Undine was a water sprite by origin, and as such, she was only able to achieve her present form by falling in love with a man — one who must remain faithful to her or else forfeit his life.

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