by Christian Petzold



Yella has decided to leave her small town for a promising job and new life, leaving behind her failed marriage and broken dreams. Nothing can stop her: not even a freak car accident with her psychotic ex-husband driving on the day of her departure.

After a humiliating professional setback, the winds change for pretty Yella when young executive Philipp takes a chance on her as his assistant. Although she has no experience in high risk venture capital, coincidence lends a hand and Yella soon discovers she has a knack with ruthless businessmen. Negotiations become a thrilling game of quick wits in which Yella's looks and icy demeanor are major assets.

Yella sees a potential future with Philipp. He is serious, determined, and his goals could become shared projects. It seems ambitious Yella could finally get everything she ever wanted... But strange sounds and events plague Yella. Truths from her past come back to haunt her. Her new life could be too good to be real.


Christian Petzold is one of the leading directors of New German cinema. The German Film Critics Association has twice awarded him Best Film awards, for urban drama »Ghosts« and »The State I am in«. He was twice named Best Director at the German Film Awards, for psychological drama »Wolfsburg« and »The State I am in«. His first fiction feature, 2000's political drama »The State I am in«, also won Best Screenplay at Thessaloniki (Greece) and the Grand Prize at Valenciennes (France). Petzold has also received much acclaim for the made-for-TV features »Something to Remind Me« (Toter Mann, 2002), Die Beischlafdiebin (1998) and »Cubra Libre« (1995). Born in 1960, Petzold studied German and Theater Studies at the Free University in Berlin, then graduated from the German Film & Television Academy (DFFB) in 1994.


2007 »Yella«
2005 »Ghosts« (Gespenster)
2003 »Wolfsburg«
2002 »Something to Remind Me« (Toter Mann)
2001 »The State I am in« (Die Innere Sicherheit)
1998 »Die Beischlafdiebin«
1996 »Cubra Libre«


Nina Hoss - Yella
Devid Striesow - Philipp
Hinnerk Schönemann - Ben
Burghart Klaussner - Dr. Gunthen
Barbara Auer - Barbara


Directed and written by Christian Petzold
Producers: Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Weber
Commissioning Editor (arte): Andreas Schreitmüller
Commissioning Editor (ZDF): Caroline von Senden
Director Of Photography: Hans Fromm
Editor: Bettina Böhler
Casting: Simone Bär
A production of Schramm Film Koerner & Weber
In co-production with

Technical Data

Format: 35 mm / 24fps / 1:1,85 / Colour / Dolby Digital
Length: 89 Mins
Original Language: German

Original title: Yella


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