Undine (Paula Beer) works in Berlin as a historian and guide to the city‘s development. She has a small apartment at Alexanderplatz, a master‘s degree in history, and a freelance contract. But underneath the appearance of her modern city life lurks an old myth: if the man Undine loves betrays her, she has to kill him and return to the water she once came from. So when her lover Johannes (Jacob Matschenz) leaves her for another woman, Undine thinks she has no choice – until in the moment of betrayal, she meets Christoph (Franz Rogowski), an industrial diver, and unexpectedly falls for him. This is a new, happy and innocent love filled with curiosity and trust. But when Christoph starts to feel that Undine is running away from something, she has to face her curse once and for all. She doesn‘t want to lose this love.
Paula Beer won the Silver Bear at Berlin International Film Festival for Best Actress.
FIPRESCI Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Born in Hilden, Germany in 1960, he has lived in Berlin since 1981. He studied German and theatre at Freie Universität Berlin and then, between 1988 and 1994, film at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb). Whilst there he worked as an assistant director to Harun Farocki and Hartmut Bitomsky. In 1995 he directed his first feature film. The State I Am In, won the German Film Award in Gold. After having presented his films Ghosts and Yella in the Berlinale Competition, he won the Silver Bear for Best Director with Barbara in 2012.
Festivals and awards
Best Actress, FIPRESCI Award – Berlin International Film Festival 2020
Beijing International Film Festival 2020
Miami Film Festival 2020
Director: Christian Petzold
Country: Germany, France
Cast: Paula Beer, Franz Rogowski, Maryam Zaree
Production: Schramm Film, Koerner & Weber GbR, Les Films du Losange