Film Friday Film: Barbara

Barbara © Hans Fromm

Fri, 12/20/2019

Goethe-Institut San Francisco

530 Bush Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

Director: Christian Petzold, 90 min., 2012

East Germany in 1980: Barbara (Nina Hoss) is a physician who arrives for her first day at a small rural hospital near the Baltic Sea. Barbara was transferred from the Charité hospital in East Berlin, after she'd filed an official request to leave East Germany – she had been imprisoned and transferred to the small town where she is still monitored by the Stasi. Barbara stays aloof, especially from the good natured clinic head, Andre. Instead, Barbara snatches moments with her lover Jörg, as she secretly prepares to escape East Germany one day. Barbaras perspective changes, when Stella, a young pregnant woman who escaped a hard labor camp, desperately pleads for help. Between an intolerable pressure and the moral obligation, will Barbara finally manage to pursue the dream of liberty in Denmark?