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Special Presentations


Year 2020
Runtime 90 mins
Language German
Subtitles English Subtitles
Alberta Premiere
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Undine (Paula Beer, TRANSIT) is a young woman, historian and tour leader in Berlin who has a typical big-city life. She is also afflicted with a terrible curse. Even though her life seems normal, when her boyfriend leaves her, the ancient myth of her curse says that she must kill him and return to the water where she came from. But Undine fights her fate, she does not want to kill nor does she want to leave.

Everything begins to change when meets and falls in love with diver Christoph (Franze Rogowski, TRANSIT) who may be the answer to all her problems, but will her secret curse stand in the way?

Multi award-winning director Christian Petzold (BARBARA CIFF 2012, PHOENIX, and TRANSIT CIFF 2018) returns to the festival, with a modern-day take on the ancient Greek myth of the water spirit.


France Germany
Winner FIPRESCI Prize, Berlin International Film Festival 2020, Winner Silver Berlin Bear, Best Actress Berlin International Film Festival 2020
Berlinale 2020, New York Film Festival 2020
Christian Petzold
Executive Producer
Anton Kaiser
Florian Koerner Von Gustorf, Michael Weber
Christian Petzold
Hans Fromm
Bettina Böhle
Paula Beer, Franz Rogowsk, Maryam Zaree, Jacob Matschenz