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A Feature film by Christian Petzold

Release in France : 25/04/2018


    The German troops are just outside Paris. Georg escapes to Marseille at the last moment. His luggage contains the legacy of a writer named Weidel, who took his own life out of fear of persecution. This legacy comprises a manuscript, some letters and the Mexican Embassy’s assurance of a visa. Only those who can prove that they will leave are allowed in this port town, and this means you need an entry permit from a potential host country. Assuming the identity of Weidel, Georg tries to obtain one of the few scarce passages on a ship. Talks between refugees take place in the corridors of his small hotel, the waiting rooms of consulates, and the cafés and bars down at the harbour. Georg befriends Driss, the son of his late comrade Heinz, who died whilst trying to flee. But when he meets the mysterious Marie, his plans change. Transit is based on Anna Seghers’ eponymous novel which she wrote in exile. The film is set in contemporary Marseille where these characters from the past move around. And so, refugees from back then meet refugees from today, history meets the present, and all of their stories combine to create one eternal transit space.





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    Actors (11)

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    Co-productions :

    Neon Productions, Arte France Cinéma

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    The Match Factory

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    Les Films du Losange

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    Full credits (17)

    Assistant directors :

    Andréas Meszaros, Ires Jung

    Screenwriter :

    Christian Petzold

    Co-producer :

    Antonin Dedet

    Sound recordists :

    Andreas Mücke-Niesytka, Dominik Schleier, Christian Conrad

    Press Attachés (film) :

    André-Paul Ricci, Tony Arnoux, Gustave Shaïmi

    Continuity supervisor :

    Frédéric Moriette

    Music Composer :

    Stefan Will

    Chief Lighting Technician :

    Christoph Dehmel

    Location Manager :

    Jean-Paul Noguès

    Author of original work :

    Anna Seghers

    Foreign producers :

    Florian Koerner Von Gustorf, Michael Weber

    Director of Photography :

    Hans Fromm

    Production managers :

    Juliette Lambours, Dorissa Berninger

    Editor :

    Bettina Böhler

    Production designers :

    Katharina Ost, Kate Gruber

    Casting :

    Joanna Delon, Simone Bär

    Sound Mixer :

    Martin Steyer

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    Feature film

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    Production language :

    German, French

    Coproducer countries :

    Germany (79.0%), France (21.0%)

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    Minority French (Germany, France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 41 min

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