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SUNDANCE SELECTS TO OPEN “PHOENIX” EXCLUSIVELY AT LAEMMLE’S ROYAL THEATRE IN WEST LOS ANGELES ON JULY 31; ORANGE COUNTY, PASADENA AND ENCINO TO OPEN ON AUGUST 7


 

Sundance Selects will open PHOENIX, the stunning new feature from acclaimed director Christian Petzold (BARBARA, JERICHOW), on Friday, July 31 exclusively at Laemmle’s Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles. On August 7, the film’s run will expand to include Laemmle’s Playhouse in Pasadena and Laemmle’s Town Center in Encino, and is scheduled to include Orange County. A spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion and deception set against the turmoil of post-World War II Germany, the film reteams Petzold with his regular star, Nina Hoss, in their sixth collaboration. PHOENIX opens New York on July 24 and will continue to roll out nationally throughout the summer.

Berlin, 1945: Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish, ex-nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp. But, like her country, she is scarred, her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld, BARBARA), doesn’t recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis.

Co-written by Petzold and the late Harun Farocki and featuring two powerhouse performances in the lead roles, PHOENIX was a favorite at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival, where it was voted Best Narrative Feature in Indiewire’s Critics’ Poll.