image from the film Undine

image from the film UNDINE

Dive into the eerie and fantastical romance from Germany’s preeminent filmmaker, Christian Petzold.

Upon learning that his lover has been cheating, Undine responds with not a threat, but a statement: “If you leave me, I’ll have to kill you.”

In European folklore, Undines are water nymphs that can live as humans if they fall in love with a man (think The Little Mermaid) but must kill that man if he is deceitful. Further complicating the matter, she quickly falls in love with a charismatic (and poetically fitting) diving mechanic (Franz Rogowski).

Undine is a noirish foray into magic realism, based on the European myth. “Petzold imbues the material with a Hitchcockian build, as subtle moments drop hints of dark, invisible forces conspiring to complicate the situation” (IndieWire)

In German, English & Spanish.

website: www.ifcfilms.com/films/undine

Ithaca Premiere • Subtitled