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Florian Koerner von Gustorf (Producer), Franz Rogowski (Actor), Christian Petzold (Director, Screenwriter), Paula Beer (Actress), Hans Fromm (Director of Photography)

Moderation: Jenni Zylka

Press Conference at full length
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The German troops are just outside Paris. Georg escapes to Marseille at the last moment. His luggage contains the legacy of a writer named Weidel, who took his own life out of fear of persecution. This legacy comprises a manuscript, some letters and the Mexican Embassy’s assurance of a visa. Only those who can prove that they will leave are allowed in this port town, and this means you need an entry permit from a potential host country. Assuming the identity of Weidel, Georg tries to obtain one of the few scarce passages on a ship. Talks between refugees take place in the corridors of his small hotel, the waiting rooms of consulates, and the cafés and bars down at the harbour. Georg befriends Driss, the son of his late comrade Heinz, who died whilst trying to flee. But when he meets the mysterious Marie, his plans change. Transit is based on Anna Seghers’ eponymous novel which she wrote in exile. The film is set in contemporary Marseille where these characters from the past move around. And so, refugees from back then meet refugees from today, history meets the present, and all of their stories combine to create one eternal transit space.

Christian Petzold

Germany / France 2018

German, French

101’ · Colour

World premiere


Franz Rogowski (Georg)
Paula Beer (Marie)
Godehard Giese (Richard)
Lilien Batman (Driss)
Maryam Zaree
Barbara Auer
Matthias Brandt
Sebastian Hülk
Emilie de Preissac
Antoine Oppenheim


Written and directed by
Christian Petzold
Director of Photography
Hans Fromm
Bettina Böhler
Stefan Will
Sound Design
Dominik Schleier, Martin Steyer
Andreas Mücke-Niesytka
Production Design
Kade Gruber
Katharina Ost
Kitty Kratschke, Sonia Salazar Delgado
Assistant Directors
Ires Jung, Andreas Meszaros
Simone Bär, Joanna Delon
Production Managers
Dorissa Berninger, Juliette Lambours
Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Weber
Commissioning Editor
Caroline von Senden, Andreas Schreitmüller
Antonin Dedet
neon productions, Marseille
ZDF, Mainz
Arte, Straßburg


Christian Petzold

Born in Hilden, Germany in 1960, he has lived in Berlin since 1981. He studied German and theatre at Freie Universität Berlin and then, between 1988 and 1994, film at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb). Whilst there he worked as an assistant director to Harun Farocki and Hartmut Bitomsky. In 1995 he directed his first feature film. Die innere Sicherheit (The State I Am In, 2000) won the German Film Award in Gold. After having presented his films Gespenster (Ghosts) and Yella in the Berlinale Competition, he won the Silver Bear for Best Director with Barbara in 2012.


1995 Pilotinnen 1996 Cuba Libre 1998 Die Beischlafdiebin 2000 Die innere Sicherheit (The State I Am In) 2001 Toter Mann (Something to Remind Me) 2002 Wolfsburg 2004 Gespenster (Ghosts) 2006 Yella 2008 Jerichow 2011 Dreileben – Etwas besseres als der Tod (Dreileben – Beats Being Dead) 2012 Barbara 2014 Phoenix 2018 Transit

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019

Produced by

Schramm Film Koerner & Weber

World sales

The Match Factory