Franz Rogowski in Official US Trailer for Christian Petzold's 'Transit'

January 8, 2019
Source: YouTube

Transit Trailer

"You have three weeks until your ship sails." Music Box Film has debuted an official US trailer for an indie drama from Germany titled Transit, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival last year. It's the latest from acclaimed German filmmaker Christian Petzold (Jerichow, Barbara, Phoenix) and received glowing reviews playing at numerous major festivals throughout last year, including the Toronto and New York Film Festivals. Franz Rogowski stars a man named Georg fleeing Germany, who ends up stuck in Marseille, encountering others trying to escape and get out of Europe; they all need transit papers for safe passage. The full cast includes Paula Beer, Godehard Giese, Lilien Batman, Maryam Zaree, Barbara Auer, and Matthias Brandt. I saw this at Berlinale and it's a great film, commenting on contemporary issues (set in present day) borrowing a story from WWII times - read my festival review. Highly recommended viewing.

Here's the official US trailer (+ new US poster) for Christian Petzold's Transit, direct from YouTube:

Transit Poster

You can still watch the original international trailer for Petzold's Transit here, to see even more footage.

As fascism spreads, German refugee Georg (Franz Rogowski) flees to Marseille and assumes the identity of the dead writer whose transit papers he is carrying. Living among refugees from around the world while stuck in Marseilles, Georg falls for Marie (Paula Beer), a mysterious woman searching for her husband--the man whose identity he has stolen. Transit is both written and directed by acclaimed German filmmaker Christian Petzold, of the films The State I Am In, Wolfsburg, Gespenster, Yella, Jerichow, Barbara, and Phoenix previously. Adapted from Anna Segher's novel. This first premiered at the Berlin Film Festival last year (read our review), and also played at the Sydney, Toronto, Vancouver, and New York Film Festivals. Music Box Films will release Patzold's Transit in select US theaters starting on March 1st, 2019.

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No Nina Hoss, his muse. Still, this looks intriguing ...

shiboleth on Jan 8, 2019


Great looking film! Looks like it has a ton of great layering.

DAVIDPD on Jan 9, 2019


I liked everything about this trailer. Plus, it looked great with excellent production design and photography. This is what a film should look like and I wonder if it was indeed shot on film. I've have to try and find that out. Which I just did and it was shot digital. Amazing. If all digital movies looked liked this I wouldn't have the problem I have with the look of digital.

thespiritbo on Jan 9, 2019


Just like everyone else, I'm on board with this (no pun). Looks well acted and directed with a riveting story. Can't forget this one...

THE_RAW_ on Jan 14, 2019


Already saw this last year and it's in my top 5 or top 6 films of the year. A bit like a Jarmusch or Wim Wenders film in its tone: mysterious, subtly poetic, and almost magical-realist... esp. towards the end, as well as due the almost imperceptibly subtle mixing of two time periods--the political situation of WWII (a Communist-sympathizing German fleeing from the Nazis in his home country through France) set against the backdrop of today. Also, the story structure is more literary and unlike usual story arcs in film (it is based on a novel, after all... one from 1944, no less).

Terry Craig on Jan 15, 2019

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