April’s Reel Reads Selection: Transit by Anna Seghers!
Adapted from Anna Seghers’ WWII-set novel, the tricky noir thriller Transit transposes the plot to an indistinct era that resembles the present-day. Georg (Franz Rogowski) is a German refugee who escapes to Marseille, a port for migrants fleeing an unspecified war.
“Glittering, allusive and often bewitching … impeccably crafted and quite beautifully performed.” – Jessica Kiang, Playlist
He carries the documents of a famous writer, Weidl: a manuscript, the promise of an elusive transit pass from the Mexican embassy, and letters from the writer’s wife, Marie (Paula Beer). Discovering that Weidl has taken his own life, Georg assumes the dead author’s identity, grows ambivalent about leaving the continent, and develops an obsessive desire for the mysterious Marie — herself stranded in the city. Transit, evoking shades of Hitchcock and Casablanca, is an unlikely, wrenching love story as much as a sly, unsettling thriller and — like much of director Christian Petzold’s oeuvre, which also includes the acclaimed dramas Barbara (2012) and Phoenix (2014) — a film about ghosts, memory, and historical trauma. (Dir. by Christian Petzold, 2018, Germany/France, in German/French with English subtitles, 101 mins., Not Rated)
April’s Reel Reads Selection! Purchase a copy of Transit by Anna Seghers during the month of April and receive a special “Loft Reel Reads” discount off the cover price – 20% for Loft members and 10% for the general public. Copies of the book are available at The Loft Cinema and Antigone Books.