First Glance: “Undine”

German filmmaker Christian Petzold made two of my favorite films of the last decade – 2014’s crushing post-World War II drama “Phoenix” and 2018’s beguiling “Transit”. His most recent film “Undine” released in Europe in 2020 and now it’s finally getting a US release courtesy of IFC Films. And considering his last two stellar efforts, I’m for anything Petzold puts out there.

The film sees Petzold reuniting with his two stars from “Transit”, Paula Beer and Frank Rogowski. Beer plays the titular character, a historian and museum guide who watches her world crumble after she learns her love Johannes (Jacob Matschenz) is leaving her. But when she meets Christoph (Rogowski) the movie takes on a sly fairy tale feel. The new trailer gives us a lot to chew on and makes it clear Petzold’s romance will be filled with mystery and may have a supernatural flavor. I’m incredibly intrigued.

“Undine” releases June 4th in select theaters and on VOD. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

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