Screened as part of NZIFF 2008

Yella 2007

Directed by Christian Petzold

Christian Petzold (Something to Remind Me, Wolfsburg) confirms his status as one of Germany's best young directors with this intense, off-centre thriller.

Germany In German with English subtitles
89 minutes 35mm

Director, Screenplay


Hans Fromm


Bettina Böhler


Nina Hoss
Devid Striesow
Hinnerk Schönemann
Burghardt Klaussner
Barbara Auer
Christian Redl
Selin Barbara Petzold


Berlin, Edinburgh 2007


Best Actress, Berlin Film Festival 2007


Christian Petzold (Something to Remind Me, Wolfsburg) is a master of ice-cold 21st-century paranoia.

"Yella might be pigeonholed as a chilly European drama, but it‘s also distinctively uncanny. Its accountant heroine, fleeing a nasty encounter with her ex-husband, teams up with a bullish speculator who enlists her help in playing psychological games at business meetings. Stranded in a claustrophobic nowhere-zone of business parks and autobahn hotels, the couple bond over spreadsheets. But behind these sleekly soulless manoeuvres, something creepily metaphysical is stirring. Yella plays like a German take on Antonioni, infused with the taciturn toughness of a David Mamet con-game story - but ultimately it‘s far weirder. Its star Nina Hoss is charismatically scary, in turns icy, simmering and glassily inscrutable." — Jonathan Romney, The Independent