In Christian Petzold’s (Barbara, Phoenix) haunting modern-day adaptation of Anna Seghers’s 1942 novel Transit Visa, Georg, a German refugee (Franz Rogowski) flees to Marseille assuming the identity of a recently deceased writer whose papers he is carrying. As German troops begin to rapidly advance on Paris, he delves into the delicate and complex culture of the refugee community, becoming tangled in the lives of a young mother and son and falling for a mysterious woman named Marie (Paula Beer). Making use of the uncanny parallels between historical fact and present-day, Petzold tells the story of a great love amid escape, exile and a longing for a place to call home.
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Godehard Giese, Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer