Christian Petzold: The State We Are In, the largest U.S. retrospective of the renowned German director to date, begins November 30 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center with Petzold in person. Tickets and schedule: filmlinc.org/petzold
Christian Petzold’s films are like no one else’s. At once intricately engaged with the real world and steeped in film history, they radically reimagine such genres as film noir, thriller, melodrama, and the spy drama, offering narrative mysteries, enigmatic protagonists immersed in even more enigmatic circumstances, an incomparable sense of atmosphere and style, and surprising links between Germany’s turbulent past and its fragile present. A founding member of the loose movement known as the Berlin School, and a longtime collaborator of the late Harun Farocki, Petzold gained international attention with acclaimed titles Jerichow (2008), Barbara (2012; NYFF50), Phoenix (2014), and his latest masterwork, Transit (2018; NYFF56). The expanse of his career to date—including several inventive films made for television—affirms his status as one of contemporary cinema’s premier directors. This fall the Film Society is honored to host Petzold in person. In addition to featuring his own works, we will present a selection of movies that have influenced him. Presented in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut, with support from German Films.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center is devoted to supporting the art and elevating the craft of cinema. The only branch of the world-renowned arts complex Lincoln Center to shine a light on the everlasting yet evolving importance of the moving image, this nonprofit organization was founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international film. Via year-round programming and discussions; its annual New York Film Festival; and its publications, including Film Comment, the U.S.’s premier magazine about films and film culture, the Film Society endeavors to make the discussion and appreciation of cinema accessible to a broader audience, as well as to ensure that it will remain an essential art form for years to come.
More info: filmlinc.org