Barbara

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    Barbara

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    Germany

    2012

    105 min

    • German

    Drama

    German Submission for the Academy AwardsEFA Nominee for European Film and European Actress

    Summer, 1980. Barbara, a doctor, has applied for an exit visa from the GDR (East Germany). Now, as punishment, she has been transferred from Berlin to a small hospital out in the country, far from everything. Jörg, her lover from the West, is already planning her escape. Barbara waits, keeping to herself. The new apartment, the neighbors, summertime, the countryside – none of that means anything to her. 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, will begin later. But 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? But as the day of her planned escape quickly approaches, Barbara starts to lose control. Over herself, her plans, over love.

    Awards

    • Silver Bear - Berlinale IFF
    • Best Debut Film - Louis-Delluc Award

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    Credits

    Cast
    Nina Hoss
    Ronald Zehrfeld
    Rainer Bock
    Christina Hecke
    Screenplay
    Christian Petzold
    Cinematography
    Hans Fromm
    Editing
    Bettina Böhler
    Music
    Stefan Will
    Production
    SCHRAMM FILM KOERNER & WEBER
    Sales
    THE MATCH FACTORY

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    Christian Petzold

    Christian Petzold

    Germany

    Born in Hilden on September 14, 1960, he has lived in Berlin since 1981. He studied German language and literature before studying at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb) from 1988 to 1994. He made his first feature film in 1995.

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