Last Update 21:55
Monday, 17 December 2018

Art Alert: German film noir Phoenix to screen at Cairo’s Goethe Institute

The 2014 movie deals with issues of love, identity and betrayal against the backdrop of the Jewish Holocaust

Ahram Online , Tuesday 16 Jan 2018
Phoenix (Photo: still from the film)
Views: 3981
Views: 3981


The Goethe Institute in Cairo will host a screening of the dark German film Phoenix on 22 January.

Directed by Christian Petzold, the 2014 drama is loosely adapted from Le Retour des Cendres, the 1961 French novel by Hubert Monteilhet.

Set in Berlin post-World War II, the suspenseful thriller follows German-Jewish nightclub singer Nelly, who has survived the Auschwitz concentration camp but has undergone reconstructive surgery afer being shot in the face.

She seeks out her husband, who she suspects may have betrayed her to the Germans. In the process of attempting a reunion, she discovers that he no longer recognizes her, and her identity remains a secret.

Nevertheless, the husband asks if she will impersonate his wife, who he believes to be dead.

Phonenix has won dozens of festival awards, including: best supporting actress for Nina Kuzendorf from the German Film Awards; best foreign language film and best actress for Nina Hoss from the Toronto Film Critics Association Awards; and best foreign film from the Australian Film Critics Association Awards.

22 January at 7pm
Goethe Institut in Cairo, 17 Hussein Wasef St., Dokki, Cairo


For more arts and culture news and updates, follow Ahram Online Arts and Culture on Twitter at @AhramOnlineArts and on Facebook at Ahram Online: Arts & Culture 

Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

© 2010 Ahram Online.