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100 min.
Germany Germany
Christian Petzold, Harun Farocki
Stefan Will
Hans Fromm
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Schramm Film Koerner, Weber
Drama | Cold War. 1970s
Synopsis / Plot
East Germany. Barbara has requested a departure permit. It is the summer of 1980. She is a physician and is transferred, for disciplinary reasons, to a small hospital far away from everything in a provincial backwater. Her lover, a foreign trade employee at Mannesmann that she met on a spring night in East Berlin, is working on her escape. She does not care about anything around her: the patients, her colleagues, the neighbours, the summer and the countryside. There is nothing holding her here anymore. Barbara is cold, within herself, withdrawing from everyone and everything around her. Her apartment, her job, her life here - they are all meaningless. That summer, her existence is disturbed. She meets a physician, Andre, who was also transferred for disciplinary reasons. Andre confuses Barbara. Did they put him on to her? Or has he fallen in love with her? Barbara loses control - of herself, of love, of her live.
2012: Berlin Film Festival: Silver Bear - Best Director
2012: European Film Awards: 3 nominations, including Best Film & Actress (Hoss)
2011: German Film Awards: Film Award in Silver
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