BARBARA

By Christian PETZOLD

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Drama - Completed 2012

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.

Festivals
& Awards

Berlinale - Berlin IFF 2012
Competition Silver Bear - Best director
Toronto - TIFF 2012
Contemporary World Cinema
New York FF 2012
Main slate
Valladolid IFF 2012
Palm Spring IFF 2013
Best Foreign Language Film
    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • GERMANY
    • Languages
    • GERMAN
    • Duration
    • 105 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Christian PETZOLD
    • Writer(s)
    • Christian PETZOLD
    • Producer(s)
    • Florian KOERNER VON GUSTORF (Schramm Film Koerner & Weber GmbH), Michael WEBER (Schramm Film Koerner & Weber GmbH)
    • Synopsis
    • 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.
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