Review: Luzifer

Director: Peter Brunner Stars: Franz Rogowski, Susanne Jensen, Monika Hinterhuber Anyone with a even a cursory eye on European cinema at present will have some understanding of what an incendiary presence Franz Rogowski has become over the past few years, with great work evidenced in collaboration with Christian Petzold (twice now) and Sebastian Meise, among …

Review: Great Freedom

Director: Sebastian Meise Stars: Franz Rogowski, Georg Friedrich, Anton von Lucke The box. The hole. Movies and TV have given us many iterations of the darkest depths of solitary confinement in prisons, from Andy Dufresne blinking up into the warden's callous eyes in The Shawshank Redemption to the salacious torture chamber shared by Pam Grier …

Review: Undine

Director: Christian Petzold Stars: Paula Breer, Franz Rogowski, Jacob Matschenz In Christian Petzold's latest,¬†Undine, the tension between dreams and reality rarely leaves the screen. We can be steeped in the ostensibly 'real' - the notion of day-to-day truth that Petzold recreates with his characters and settings - only for these parameters to shift. Second guessing …

Review: Transit

Director: Christian Petzold Stars: Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer, Lilien Batman¬† In spite of the elegant calm of his scenes and the stillness often viewed in his characters, there's a sense of urgency about the cinema of Christian Petzold. Chiefly this comes from his protagonists, who have a habit of restlessly seeking some form of safety …