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YELLA: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Yella Fichte (Nina Hoss) is an East German businesswoman whose life is ruled by her explosive relationship with her ex-husband, Ben (Hinnerk Schoenemann). In a bid to escape his haunting presence, Yella sets out to find a job in the West. With the help of Philipp (Devid Streisow) a handsome venture capitalist, Yella rekindles her passion for business, proving herself adept at spreadsheets and clipped corporate language. As Yella's friendship with Philipp blossoms into unexpected love, and their business relationship becomes more and more profitable, Yella suddenly finds herself tormented by her past, plagued by nightmares which threaten to destroy her newfound happiness.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
A strange blend of corporate thriller and supernatural mystery - with a dash of love drama thrown in - Yella takes un unexpected path to deliver its thrills. Nina Hoss is excellent as the newly separated wife desperate to get away from her explosive husband; she manages to handle the complexities and subtleties required to pull of what turns out to be a sleight of hand by Berlin based filmmaker Christian Petzold.

Devid Streisow makes an edgy and intriguing Philipp, the mysterious venture capitalist Yella meets at a hotel where she is temporary guest awaiting a permanent job. Although his role is small, it is crucial, and Hinnerk Schoenemann makes the most of the demented ex husband.

Petzold works every detail to shiny perfection as he polishes the various facets of the thriller. He gives us a mocking view of German corporate behaviour, and a taste of psychological fear, as well as an unexpected ending that works like a key, unlocking the film's mystery. Entertaining and original, this multi awarded film made its Australian debut at the 2007 Melbourne Film Festival.

Published December 4, 2008



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YELLA: DVD (M)
(Germany, 2007)

CAST: Nina Hoss, Devid Streisow, Hinnerk Schonemann, Burghart Klausner, Barbara Auer, Christain Redl, Selin Barbara Petzold

PRODUCER: Florian Koerner von Gostorf

DIRECTOR: Christian Petzold

SCRIPT: Simone Bar, Christian Petzold

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Hans Fromm

EDITOR: Bettina Boehler

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Kade Gruber

RUNNING TIME: 89 minutes

PRESENTATION: 16:9; DD 5.1

SPECIAL FEATURES: [English subtitles]; theatrical trailer

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Madman

DVD RELEASE: December 3, 2008







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