Transit

Times:

  • 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm
  • Friday, May 10, 2019

Where:

  • The Tower Theatre
    815 E Olive Ave.
    Fresno, CA 93728

Synopsis

Filmworks presents the neo-noir dramatic thriller “Transit,” inspired by the World War II novel by Anna Seghers. With cinematic echoes of “Casablanca,” this international festival hit was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 2018 Berlinale. Set conceptually in modern-day France, Nazis have just invaded Paris. Georg (Franz Rogowski) escapes a concentration camp and is now fleeing Paris for Marseille. He receives the papers of a controversial Communist writer who had secured a Mexican visa. When he attempts to return the papers to the Mexican consul, he is suddenly presented with a tempting, possibly life-saving opportunity: He impulsively claims the writer’s identity. With the papers, but stuck in purgatorial Marseille with thousands of other refugees, Georg meets and falls in love with a young woman (Paula Beer) who is looking for her missing husband—the same man he is impersonating. In German and French, with English subtitles. Assistive listening services are not available for this film.

Director: Christian Petzold
Germany/France • 101 minutes • Not Rated
Distributor: Music Box Films

Reviews

"Christian Petzold’s audacious retelling of Anna Seghers’ World War II-set novel about refugees escaping Nazi-controlled France is a strange, beguiling creation ... and ranks as a rare period piece that utterly gets under the skin of contemporary concerns." — Ed Frankl, The Film Stage
"While 'Transit' is based on Anna Seghers’ novel of the same name, knowing what happens in that book — written in 1944, set in 1942 — doesn’t dilute the imaginative power of the film, which Petzold pulls out of time to be, well, timely, and not at all rooted in the World War II environs of Seghers’ story. And yet the film can’t exist without them, even as it slips between now and then, finding terrifying parallels at every turn." — Kate Erbland, Indiewire
"Christian Petzold’s audacious retelling of Anna Seghers’ World War II-set novel about refugees escaping Nazi-controlled France is a strange, beguiling creation ... and ranks as a rare period piece that utterly gets under the skin of contemporary concerns." — Ed Frankl, The Film Stage
"While 'Transit' is based on Anna Seghers’ novel of the same name, knowing what happens in that book — written in 1944, set in 1942 — doesn’t dilute the imaginative power of the film, which Petzold pulls out of time to be, well, timely, and not at all rooted in the World War II environs of Seghers’ story. And yet the film can’t exist without them, even as it slips between now and then, finding terrifying parallels at every turn." — Kate Erbland, Indiewire

Every second Friday of the month, Fresno Filmworks screens first-run independent and international movies at the historic Tower Theatre.