This weekend, the big movies opening are Adam Sandler‘s “Pixels” and the YA coming-of-age/”finding yourself” flick “Paper Towns.” It seems grim, but trust us, there are much better options. If you want something artful, substantial, and just plain cinematic in every sense of the word, then seek out Christian Petzold‘s “Phoenix” (our review), And we’ve got an exclusive scene to share.
Starring the terrific Nina Hoss, the post WWII movie (see our feature on other entries in the genre) brings with it a high concept story centering on a Holocaust survivor. Here’s the synopsis:
Set after the Second World War, PHOENIX tells the story of Nelly, a disfigured Holocaust survivor (Nina Hoss). Unrecognizable after facial reconstruction surgery, Nelly returns to find out if her husband (Ronald Zehrfeld) has betrayed her or loves her.
After you check out the scene below, be sure to watch the six minute video essay via Fandor about the cinematic works of Petzold, which may inspire you to track down more of his films. “Phoenix” is now playing in theaters.