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The latest from Berlin School genre deconstructor Christoph Hochhäusler takes the shape of a noirish psycho-thriller to interrogate thorny themes of gender, sexuality, and identity performance. A main-slate competitor at this year’s Berlinale (and winner of Best Supporting Performance for Thea Ehre’s astonishing turn), Till the End of the Night plunges the viewer into Frankfurt’s nocturnal underworld where trans convict Leni (Ehre, herself trans), in exchange for parole, assumes the role of girlfriend to straight-playing cop Robert (Timocin Ziegler) to infiltrate a drug trafficking network run by her former boss. That Robert was Leni’s lover before she transitioned—and that he still holds a flame for her, destabilizing his sexual identity—further complicates the deep-cover operation. Part pulpy policier, part multilayered romance, Hochhäusler’s polarizing sixth feature summons the work of forefather R.W. Fassbinder in its queering of genre fare and tenor of doomed romanticism.

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  • Runtime
    123 minutes
  • Language
    Turkish, German
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  • Director
    Christoph Hochhäusler
  • Screenwriter
    Florian Plumeyer
  • Producer
    Bettina Brokemper
  • Cast
    Thea Ehre, Timocin Ziegler, Michael Sideris
  • Cinematographer
    Reinhold Vorschneider
  • Editor
    Stefan Stabenow
  • Production Design
    Renate Schmaderer
  • Sound Design
    Matz Müller, Rainer Heesch