KINO! Film Salon: Yella
KINO! Film Salon is a monthly online club to discuss films from Germany.
How it works: Each month we choose a German film or series currently available to stream on U.S. platforms, watch it independently, and come together for a hosted conversation with other fans of German film.
In our June session, we will discuss Christian Petzold’s icy, enigmatic psychodrama Yella, a carefully modulated exploration of the uncanny, featuring a typically precise, award-winning performance from Nina Hoss. The film unfolds like a thriller, following Yella as she pursues a new job in a new town to escape a traumatic past. Crafted with Petzold’s known rigor and formal assurance, the film often feels suspended between the cerebral and sensual, a dreamlike allegorical exercise that’s hard to pin down. Each scene bristles with subtext, a critique of hypermodernity and a reminder that one can never truly escape the past. In short, it’s a characteristically intelligent, provocative work from one of modern European cinema’s true masters.
Christian Petzold’s latest film, Afire, received the Silver Bear/Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Berlinale and will be theatrically released in the U.S. on July 14.
Hosted by Jim Kolmar
Jim programs for SXSW and Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival, and was a founding committee member of Festival Internacional de Cine Tulum (FICTU). He has participated in numerous international festival juries, panels, and committees.
KINO! Film Salon is a production of Telescope Film, in partnership with the German Film Office.
Dir. Christian Petzold
With Nina Hoss, Devid Striesow, Hinnerk Schönemann, Burghard Klaußner