Undine trailer: Christian Petzold's fairytale drama is heading to Berlin

Christian Petzold's Transit saw the German director enjoy acclaim beyond arthouse circles last year and served to further elevate his reputation as one of Europe's most inventive filmmakers. His new film, Undine, is preparing to make its debut at Berlinale at the end of February, and looks to be as unconventional as much of his previous work. It sees him team up again with two of his stars from Transit, Franz Rogowski and Paula Beer, and seems to blend together mythical elements based on a classic German novel written in 1811 by Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué. There are certain Lovecraftian elements to the original text but that appears to have been played down judging by the trailer. Watch the trailer for Undine above.

Undine works as a historian lecturing on Berlin’s urban development. But when the man she loves leaves her, the ancient myth catches up with her. Undine has to kill the man who betrays her and return to the water.

Petzold writes and directs, with Maryam Zaree and Jacob Matschenz in support of Beer and Rogowski.

We'll keep you updated on any release news for Undine after its premiere at the Berlin Film Festival.

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