- Christian Petzold
- Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Rainer Bock
Germany’s official entry for Best Foreign Film at the 2013 Academy Awards, this emotionally insightful and meticulous drama follows its titular protagonist, an East German doctor who is sent to practice medicine in a secluded East German village in the summer of 1980 after unsuccessfully applying for a work visa to the West. Although under constant surveillance by a GDR officer and eager to find a way out, she develops a relationship with her boss, Andre, who may or may not be keeping tabs on her as well. As Barbara gains fulfillment from her work and from her growing attachments, her hatred for the politics that surround her clashes with the love inside her and leads to a surprising conclusion. With a tension that recalls Florian Henckel von Donnersmark’s contemporaneous Stasi drama, The Lives of Others, unsung director Christian Petzold elicits profound restraint and rich psychological lives from his actors. “It's a movie that works its magic slowly, and on multiple levels; it's a historical drama, a mystery and a love story. And Hoss' performance is simply one of the finest of the year.” (NPR) Cosponsored with the Dept. of German Studies and the Institute for German Cultural Studies.