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Barbara

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Directed by Christian Petzold
Germany, 2012
Drama
      German
      English, Dutch, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish

Synopsis

In 1980s East Germany, Barbara is a Berlin doctor banished to a country medical clinic for applying for an exit visa. Deeply unhappy with her reassignment and fearful of her co-workers as possible Stasi informants, Barbara stays aloof, especially from the good natured clinic head, Andre.

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Christian Petzold and Nina Hoss are two of contemporary German cinema’s best talents, and before Phoenix they made Barbara: a character study driven by Hoss’s striking, subtle performance. A tense East Berlin-set political thriller that won Petzold the Berlinale’s Silver Bear for Best Director.

Synopsis

In 1980s East Germany, Barbara is a Berlin doctor banished to a country medical clinic for applying for an exit visa. Deeply unhappy with her reassignment and fearful of her co-workers as possible Stasi informants, Barbara stays aloof, especially from the good natured clinic head, Andre.

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BarbaraDirected byChristian Petzold
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Awards & Festivals

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Berlin International Film Festival
2012 | 3 wins including: Best Director
Village Voice Film Poll
2012 | Nominee: Best Actress

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