Wolfsburg (film)

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Original title Wolfsburg
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 2003
length 90 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Christian Petzold
script Christian Petzold
production Bettina Reitz for teamWorx ,
Caroline von Senden for ZDF
music Stefan Will
camera Hans Fromm
cut Bettina Boehler

Wolfsburg is an award-winning German feature film by Christian Petzold from 2003 with Benno Fürmann and Nina Hoss in the leading roles. The film premiere was on February 11, 2003 in the Panorama of the Berlin International Film Festival . The film, produced on behalf of ZDF , was also shown in some German cinemas from September 25, 2003.


The young car dealer Phillip Gerber negligently causes a traffic accident while driving his car on a country road near Wolfsburg . He seriously injured a child on his bike. Gerber takes notice of this, but hits the ground running . However, he is later plagued by feelings of guilt that drive him to the hospital. There he does not reveal himself as the cause of the accident and has an encounter with the boy's mother. The boy wakes up from his coma and gives the police clues that the police do not take any further.

Gerber goes on with his life and tries to save his troubled relationship with a wedding. He goes on vacation with his fiancée. When Gerber returns from vacation, he learns that the boy he injured died as a result of the accident. The boy's mother tries desperately to find the culprit and roams junk yards and workshops. Gerber himself seeks her close and even saves her when she tries to commit suicide. She falls in love with him, but later finds out that he is the cause of her son's death. While driving Gerber, she grabs the steering wheel and causes a traffic accident in which Gerber is seriously injured.


The shooting took place in 2002 in Wolfsburg and the surrounding area as well as on the Baltic Sea . In 2003 the film reached around 9,000 cinema viewers in Germany. The TV premiere was on June 25, 2004 on Arte, which was also involved in the production .

According to Petzold, he wrote the book about Wolfsburg before he started working on his 2001 film Toter Mann , but put it on hold because ZDF was already working on a similar subject, the film Jenseits von Max Färberböck , which was also shown in 2001.


"Concentrated narrated film, whose simple moral story through the elegant staging, complex sub-texts and a stupendous sociological wealth becomes a profound reflection on recognizing and misjudging, guilt and atonement, speaking and silence."

"Petzold's pictures create a mood of calm and concentration that is able to shake the viewer precisely because of their withdrawnness."

- The jury's reasoning : Adolf Grimme Prize

"Christian Petzold's Wolfsburg is a film that invites you to tell stories because it only tells the bare essentials, the indispensable."

“Petzold staged his story about cars and love brilliantly. Psychologically crystal clear and consistent, in calm, sober, intense and celibate images, concentrated emptiness. "

"Christian Petzold is a director whose tremendous cinematic intelligence is in the images, in the characters, in the artistic use of inconspicuous motifs - and in the narrative structure."


  • 2003: FIPRESCI Prize in the Panorama of the Berlin International Film Festival
  • 2004: Nominations for the German Film Award in the categories of Best Fiction Film, Best Actress (Nina Hoss) and Best Director
  • 2004: Nominations for the German Television Award in the categories of Best Director - TV Film / Multi-Part (Christian Petzold) and Best Actress in a Leading Role - TV Film (Nina Hoss)
  • 2005: Adolf Grimme Prize with gold in the category Fiction & Entertainment to Nina Hoss (representation), Benno Fürmann (representation) and Christian Petzold (script / director)
  • 2005: Nomination for the Golden Camera to Benno Führmann as Best Actor ( also Little Sister and Die Nibelungen )
  • 2005: Don Quijote Plaque - special mention at the Art Film Festival in Trenčianske Teplice
  • Awarded two magnolias at the Shanghai International TV Festival for best screenplay and best director.


The 1969 film The Beast Must Die by Claude Chabrol is very similar in content to Wolfsburg.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b Wolfsburg at filmportal.de , accessed on April 4, 2013
  2. Wolfsburg in the Lumiere database on film audience figures in Europe, accessed on April 4, 2013
  3. Wolfsburg at Prisma.de, accessed on February 16, 2016
  4. Wolfsburg. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  5. Rationale of the Adolf Grimme Jury ( Memento from October 10, 2007 in the Internet Archive )
  6. Christian Petzold tells a classic novella in film images: Wolfsburg Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung of September 23, 2003
  7. Cars, love and the rest artechock
  8. ^ Christian Petzold: Wolfsburg Jump Cut magazine
  9. Wolfsburg honored by Christian Petzold in Shanghai ( memento of the original from August 19, 2017 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.kino-zeit.de