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35th Annual Film Series Continues with 'Phoenix’ Oct. 2


The OCU Film Institute's 35th Annual Film Series will continue with a screening of Christian Petzold’s Phoenix on October 2.

Phoenix is a spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion and deception that unfolds against the turmoil of post-World War II Berlin. Nina Hoss, winner of acting awards around the world, plays German-Jewish cabaret singer Nelly. Having survived Auschwitz disfigured from a wound, she returns to seek her gentile German husband. The tension mounts with the look and conventions of film noir and Hitchcockian doubles amidst reversals and the atmosphere of suspicion.

The screening will begin at 2:00PM at the Kerr McGee Auditorium in the Meinders School of Business at NW 27th Street and McKinley Ave. A discussion will follow the presentation for those who wish to stay. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.


-“Phoenix is an intoxicating witches' brew, equal parts melodrama and moral parable, that audaciously mixes diverse elements to compelling effect.” LA Times

-“Both a powerful allegory for post-war regeneration and a rich Hitchcockian tale of mistaken identity.” Hollywood Reporter

-“Provocative, profoundly moving and the acting is virtuosic.” Newsday

-“Phoenix takes its time and leaves us guessing until the final electrifying scene.” Wash. Post

-“True to genre and to the history it peels back, Phoenix boldly offers us a war without heroes, only ghosts of broken people moving through a broken world, searching in vain for their former selves.” NPR

-“So beautifully made that it comes close to perfect.” Village Voice


* Oct. 16, Zhang Yimou’s Coming Home

* Oct. 30, Naji Abu Nowar’s Theeb

* Jan. 22, Francois Truffaut’s The Last Metro

* Feb. 5, Lasse Hallstrom’s My Life as a Dog

* Feb. 19, Asghar Farhadi’s Fireworks Wednesday

* March 5, Ciro Guerra’s Embrace of the Serpent

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