by James Hansen
Christian Petzold's stunning new work Jerichow opens in New York and LA next week, so why not take this week to catch up with his last feature Yella (I know I've been meaning to). That way you can all go into Jerichow with some form of Petzold background. Yella took a long while to get a commercial release in the US, likely because Petzold's name has yet to embraced by American audiences, but I suspect Jerichow could (and should) do just that. (Expect a full review sometime next week, but let me be a blurb whore and go ahead and call it one the best films of the year). Alas, Yella did get a well deserved release and was pretty well received. So, while it may not be earth shattering, its a solid movie and Petzold is certainly a director worth paying attention to.