GC2018-TRANSIT © Schramm Film/Marco Krüger

Sat, 10/20/2018

Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Blvd
90036 Los Angeles


DOUBLE FEATURE: begins with IN THE AISLES at 6:30 pm,
followed by TRANSIT at approximately 9:00 pm.
Ticket price includes admission to both films.

Germany/France (2018), 101 min. DCP Projection
German with English Subtitles

Director: Christian Petzold
Screenplay: Christian Petzold, based on the novel TRANSIT, by Anna Seghers
Cinematography: Hanns Fromm
Cast: Paula Beer, Franz Rogowski, Godehard Giese, Lilien Batman, Maryam Zaree, Matthias Brandt
Producers: Fabian Maubach, Jochen Laube, Julia Wagner
Production Company: SCHRAMM FILM Koerner & Weber, in co-production with NEON PRODUCTIONS and ZDF, ARTE, ARTE France Cinéma. 

As German troops quickly advance on Paris, Georg (Rogowski), a German refugee, flees to the port city of Marseille. He carries a manuscript, letters, and documents for a transit visa from the Mexican Embassy; all belonging to a deceased writer named Weidel. Only those who can prove that they are in transit are permitted to stay in Marseille, where refugees have gathered waiting for ships, and transit visas are in high demand. Desperate, Georg assumes Weidel’s identity and delves into the delicate and complex world of the refugee community, only to question the purpose of moving on at all.  Everything changes when he meets the mysterious Marie (Beer), who is searching for her husband, a writer, said to be in Marseille with a Mexican visa for them both.
Intertwining the uncanny parallels between historical fact and present-day Marseille, Christian Petzold's adaptation of Anna Seghers’ 1942 novel is an intricate and haunting story of love, morality, the meaning of human connection and a longing for a place one can call home.


$12- / General Audiences
$10-  / Seniors, Students
$8-  / Cinematheque Members
$9.-  / FoG Members (box office only, must present membership card)

  • Official Selection - 2018 Berlin Film Festival
  • Official Selection - 2018 Sydney Film Festival

Christian Petzold was born in Hilden in 1960. He studied German Language and Literature before studying at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB). His highly-acclaimed films include: PILOTINNEN (1995), CUBA LIBRE (1996), DIE BLEISCHLAFDIEBIN (1998), THE STATE I AM IN (2000), SOMETHING TO REMIND ME (2001), WOLFSBURG (2002), GHOSTS (2004), YELLA (2006), JERICHOW (2008), DREILEBEN - BEATS BEING DEAD (2011), BARBARA (2012), and PHOENIX (2014).