Directors' Showcase / UK premiere


  • Christian Petzold /
  • Germany /
  • 2007 /
  • 89 mins

Nina Hoss, Devid Striesow, Hinnerk Schönemann, Burghart Klaußner, Barbara Auer / Fiction / German

Ice-cool, witty and mysterious drama - the best yet from EIFF regular Christian Petzold.

Yella (wonderfully played by Nina Hoss, who won the Best Actress prize at Berlin for her work) is estranged from her possessive and violent husband; but he can't quite bring himself to give her up. When their fraught interaction finally comes to dramatic conclusion, Yella's life takes an odd shift. Beginning a new job in a slightly dubious area of finance, she finds herself confronted by increasingly surreal situations and individuals - and remains menaced by the memory of her volatile spouse, even as new love beckons. Spellbindingly elegant in its execution, enlivened by episodes of nimble comedy, and unpredictable to the end, Yella is a dream of a film from the director of Ghosts (EIFF 2005), Wolfsburg (EIFF 2003) and The State I'm In (EIFF 2001). HM

2007 Archive

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