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A disfigured Holocaust survivor sets out to determine if the man she loved betrayed her trust.

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Nelly Lenz
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Johnny Lenz
Nina Kunzendorf ...
Lene Winter
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Soldat an der Brücke
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Arzt
Imogen Kogge ...
Elisabeth
Felix Römer ...
Geiger
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Clubbesitzer
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Tänzerin
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Tänzerin
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Soldat im Club
Nikola Kastner ...
Junge Frau
Max Hopp ...
Der Mann
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Mitarbeiterin Zentralstelle Halensee
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Wirtin
Frank Seppeler ...
Alfred Mohnhaupt
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Sigrid
Kathrin Wehlisch ...
Monika
Michael Wenninger ...
Walther
Claudia Geisler-Bading ...
Frederike (as Claudia Geisler)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sofia Exss ...
Zigarettenmädchen (uncredited)

Directed by

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Christian Petzold

Written by

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Christian Petzold ... (screenplay)
Harun Farocki ... (co-writer)
Hubert Monteilhet ... (novel "Le Retour des cendres")

Produced by

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Jacek Gaczkowski ... executive producer
Florian Koerner von Gustorf ... producer
Monika Lobkowicz ... commissioning editor
Anton Ludwig ... assistant producer
Bettina Ricklefs ... commissioning editor
Andreas Schreitmüller ... commissioning editor
Piotr Strzelecki ... executive producer
Frank Tönsmann ... commissioning editor
Hubert von Spreti ... commissioning editor
Michael Weber ... producer

Music by

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Stefan Will

Cinematography by

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Hans Fromm

Film Editing by

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Bettina Böhler

Editorial Department

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Adam Inglis ... colorist
Karen Kramatschek ... assistant editor
Roland Murrer ... colorist: dailies

Casting By

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Simone Bär

Production Design by

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Kade Gruber

Art Direction by

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Merlin Ortner

Set Decoration by

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Christin Busse

Costume Design by

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Anette Guther

Makeup Department

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Jeanette Kellermann ... wig maker
Barbara Kreuzer ... makeup artist
Alexandra Lebedynski ... makeup artist
Irina Tübbecke-Bechem ... additional makeup artist

Production Management

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Dorissa Berninger ... production manager
Anton Ludwig ... assistant unit manager
Levke Palm ... assistant unit manager
Barbara Pilling ... assistant unit manager
Matthias Ruppelt ... unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Ires Jung ... first assistant director
Madita Selas ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Tobias Bergner ... construction coordinator
Katharina Boehm ... assistant standby props
Jutta Erasin ... stand-by props
Manuel Hess ... set dresser
Brita Hofmann ... h.o.d. painter
Andreas Horstmann ... property master
Christoph Klose ... construction coordinator
Trinka Lat ... set dresser
Marc-Oliver Lau ... set dresser
Mike Paul Müller ... prop driver
Stefan Rohde ... art department assistant
Udo Seitner ... carpenter
Francis Kiko Soeder ... set designer (as Frances Soeder)
Susanne Steckel ... assistant props
Nina Strathmann ... graphic artist
Siguna Wiehr ... painter
Peter Wolf ... reproduction artist

Sound Department

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Jochen Jezussek ... dialogue editor
Thomas Kalbér ... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Marco Krüger ... boom operator
Andreas Mücke-Niesytka ... sound mixer
Carsten Richter ... foley artist
Dominik Schleier ... sound designer
Martin Steyer ... re-recording mixer
Marcus Sujata ... foley editor
Moritz Unger ... adr mixer
Hanse Warns ... foley mixer

Special Effects by

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Björn Friese ... special effects supervisor

Stunts

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Armin Sauer ... precision driver
Rainer Werner ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Matthias Biber ... steadicam operator
Florian Birch ... best boy
Matthias Börner ... second assistant camera
Christoph Dehmel-Osterloh ... gaffer
Daniel Lasius ... electrician
Carsten Scharrmann ... key grip
Christian Schulz ... still photographer
Florian Trautwein ... first assistant camera

Casting Department

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Madita Selas ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Hanya Barakat ... wardrobe
Karin Faltlhauser ... additional wardrobe
Anna Scholich ... costume advisor

Location Management

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Reinhild Blaschke ... location scout
Barbara Pilling ... location manager

Transportation Department

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Mariusz Kowalski ... vehicles coordinator
Tom Strelow ... personal driver: Ms. Hoss

Other crew

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Michel Burstein ... press attaché: France
Christoph Cordes ... set runner
Clarice de Castro ... production coordinator
Michael Foertsch ... caterer
Eve Gabereau ... distribution
Arne Höhne ... publicist: Germany
Virginia Kelly ... publicist: Canada
Richard Lormand ... publicity: International
Saskia Marka ... title design
Frederic Moriette ... script supervisor
Levke Palm ... set manager
Brigitte Suarez ... sales agent

Thanks

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Fritz Bauer ... dedicatee

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

In the aftermath of WWII, Nelly, a Jewish survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp, horribly disfigured from a bullet wound in her face, undergoes a series of facial reconstruction surgeries and decides to find her husband Johnny who works at the Phoenix club in Berlin. Undoubtedly, Nelly is stunning, yet, her new self is beyond recognition, so Johnny, the man who may have betrayed her to the Nazis, will never imagine that the woman in front of him who bears an uncomfortable and unsettling resemblance to his late wife, is indeed her. Without delay, and with the intention to collect the deceased's inheritance, Nelly will go along with Johnny's plot and she will impersonate the dead woman, giving the performance of a lifetime before friends and relatives in a complex game of deceit, duplicity, and ultimately, seduction. In the end, during this masquerade, as the fragile and broken Nelly tries to find out whether Johnny betrayed her or not, she will have to dig deep into her wounded psyche and inevitably choose between revenge and forgiveness. Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines A Gripping Noirish Study of Treachery, Identity and Survival. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Feniks (Poland)
  • Phoenix de Christian Petzold (Spain)
  • Ave Fénix (Argentina)
  • Το τραγούδι του φοίνικα (Greece)
  • Yüzündeki Sir (Turkey, Turkish title)
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Runtime
  • 98 min
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Trivia Forty-five minutes before filming would start, Nina Hoss isolated herself from the rest of the cast and crew to reach the character's sense of isolation. See more »
Goofs She is at the Phoenix bar and sees her husband. He does not recognize her. She runs out home. It is night and pitch dark. As she enters her apartment and her friend asks her if it is all okay, beautiful daylight thru the window. That's bothersome. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Love/Work/Cinema: A Conversation with Christian Petzold and Nina Hoss (2016). See more »
Soundtracks Speak Low See more »
Quotes [first lines]
[arriving at the border]
Soldat an der Brücke: Passport... Nice car. Where did you get it from?
Lene Winter: It's from Switzerland.
Soldat an der Brücke: Just like you?
Lene Winter: Like me.
Soldat an der Brücke: [whistles to the gate] They're from Switzerland. The girl too.
[to her passenger]
Soldat an der Brücke: I want to see your face.
Lene Winter: Can I talk to you?
[gets out]
Lene Winter: Come on, she's not Eva Braun.
Soldat an der Brücke: Of course not. The bitch got killed by her husband.
Lene Winter: She's from the camps.
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