Undine is a historian who works as a museum guide in Berlin, Christoph is a diver. They meet in this existential love story, full of splendid imagery, surprising turns and effortless movement of camera and story alike. Christian Petzold – cinematic master and close observer of German realities – dives into completely new territory here. He presents a fairytale-love-story – but of course making it uniquely his own by embedding it in present-day Berlin. He reworks the myth of a mysterious water spirit as a modern fairy-tale in a disenchanted world.
In the aftermath of WWI, a young German who grieves the death of her fiancé in France meets a mysterious Frenchman who visits the fiancé's grave to lay flowers.
In the summer of 1914, a 14-year-old German girl returns to her home on the Baltic coast, a place uneasily shared by Germans, Russians and Estonians. While her morbid scientist father controls the family with cruel hand, the passionate young girl secretly nurses a wounded Estonian anarchist back to health - at first an act of curiosity and then of defiance that could set off an uncontrollable chain reaction... "The Poll Diaries" hauntingly evokes the end-of-days atmosphere of a doomed society at the crossroads of the German and Russian Empires in the early years of the 20th century.