Undine (2020) Schramm Film

ACMI Presents


Christian Petzold | Germany | 2020 | M

This event has ended and tickets are no longer available.









Thu 16 Dec 2021 - Wed 5 Jan 2022

Fantasy, romance and history collide in Christian Petzold's latest outing, starring Paula Beer and Franz Rogowski.

In a Berlin-Mitte cafe sits Undine (Paula Beer), a young historian. When her boyfriend Johannes (Jacob Matschenz) suddenly breaks up with her, she tells him, stone-faced: “If you leave me, I will have to kill you. You know that.” These are not so much the words of a jilted lover, as a stark warning from a water nymph. So goes the myth of the figure with whom Undine shares her name.

As Johannes leaves, Undine meets professional diver Christoph (Franz Rogowski), who is instantly smitten with her. A bond built on mutual understanding develops between water spirit and diver, but the very passion that binds them threatens to be their undoing. Do we ever truly know what’s going on beneath the surface?

Undine sees director Christian Petzold teaming up once again with Beer and Rogowski, with whom he worked on 2018’s Transit. Here Petzold draws on European mythology to continue his exploration of contemporary Germany’s ongoing reconciliation with its history; a nation in a perpetual state of identity crisis.

Undine screened in competition at the 2020 Berlinale, where Paula Beer was awarded the Silver Bear for Best Actress.

– Max Minkoff, Film Program Coordinator

Format: DCP
Language: German, English & Spanish with English subtitles
Source: Madman Entertainment
Courtesy: Madman Entertainment
Runtime: 91 mins

Event duration

91 mins



Mature themes and sex scene


Cinemas 1 & 2, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

How to get there


Get discounted tickets, invitations to exclusive previews, discounts in our shop and special food and beverage offers

Become an ACMI member

Learn more

READ: Angel of History
Devika Girish, Film Comment, Jun 2021

READ: Lady in the Lake
Phoebe Chen, Art Forum, Jun 2021

READ: German arthouse icon Christian Petzold on Undine: a supernatural love story
Nick Chen, Dazed, Apr 2021

Paula Beer and Franz Rogowski in a pool, in a still from 'Undine' (2020) photo by Christian Schulz

Plan your visit

Read our COVID-safe visitor guidelines, information on accessibility, amenities, transport, dining options and more.

Start planning

Looking for dining options?

Book a table at Hero

As well as great coffee and snacks, our new restaurant features a seasonally driven menu developed by acclaimed Melbourne chef, Karen Martini.

Potato Bread at Hero ACMI

Support your museum of screen culture

You might also like