Christian Petzold was born September 14, 1960, in Hilden, as the oldest of three sons. He grew up in Haan, where he went to school and finished his high school degree in 1979. After finishing civil service, Christian Petzold went to Berlin in 1981 and started to study German studies and dramatics at Freie Universität Berlin. After his graduation in 1989, Petzold continued to study at Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (dffb). During his studies, Christian Petzold worked as an assistant director for Hartmut Bitomsky and Harun Farocki – who contributed to all of Petzold’s later feature films – and worked as a film critic for several newspapers and magazines.
After several short films, including Süden and Das warme Geld, Petzold finished his graduation film for dffb, Pilotinnen, in 1994. The film production company Schramm Film Koerner & Weber participated in the production of Pilotinnen and Petzold continued to collaborate with the… read more
Not as classically riveting as Barbara, nor as formally mesmerizing as Yella. But Wolfsburg at least strikes a wee bit harder than the ambivalent success of one other Hoss-Petzold collaboration, Jerichow. This still evinces that Hoss and Fürmann form the least compelling of on-screen trysts and I'm puzzled why theirs was twice conceived by a formidable auteur like Petzold. Another iteration will not be persuasive.
A criminally underrated gem of a thriller. Petzold's sophomore effort displays the kind of ace writing and control over the genre one expects only from the most experienced. The development never veers from being absolutely riveting and is appropriately pared with fantastic acting, Nina Hoss is especially a standout. Absolutely recommended.