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The German troops are just outside Paris. Georg manages to escape to Marseille at the last moment. His luggage contains the legacy of a communist writer named Weidel, who took his own life out of fear of persecution. Assuming his identity to obtain travel documents, Georg is forced to linger in Marseille until the departure of his ship. But when he meets mysterious Marie, his plans change. Transit is based on Anna Seghers’ eponymous novel which she wrote in exile during the WWII. The film is set in contemporary Marseille where refugees from back then meet refugees from today, history meets the present, and all of their stories combine to create one eternal transit space. Christian Petzold’s Transit invites viewers to consider the contemporary rise in neo-Nazism and anti-refugee sentiment in Europe.
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He worked as an assistant director to Harun Farocki and Hartmut Bitomsky. His first feature film is The State I Am In (2000). After presenting his films Ghosts and Yella in the Berlinale Competition, he won the Silver Bear for Best Director with Barbara in 2012. His film Jerichow (2008) was screened at Venice. In 2014, he directed Phoenix.