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|Directed by||Christian Petzold|
|Written by||Christian Petzold|
|Music by||Stefan Will|
|Edited by||Betinna Böhler|
The film was invited into the competition of the 65th Venice Film Festival, as the first film to be shown, and was also nominated for the 2009 German Film Prize in the Best Feature Film and Best Director categories. The official German premiere was on 8 January 2009. The American showings were in German with English subtitles. As the title suggests, the film takes place in the German town of Jerichow.
Thomas, a German veteran of the war in Afghanistan, helps Ali, a Turkish entrepreneur, after he crashes his car due to driving drunk. Ali hires Thomas, and Thomas and Laura, Ali's wife, start having an affair. As the drama unfolds, violence starts.
- Benno Fürmann as Thomas
- Nina Hoss as Laura
- Hilmi Sözer as Ali Özkan
- André Hennicke as Leon
- Claudia Geisler as Sachbearbeiterin
- Marie Gruber as Kassiererin
- Knut Berger as Polizist
Wesley Morris, a writer for The Boston Globe, liked the film despite what he called silly romance and even sillier suspense. In a review for Philadelphia Weekly, Matt Prigge gave the film a mixed review with a B rating. Roderick Conway Morris, of International Herald Tribune, complimented the performances of the three actors. Roger Ebert gave the film a positive review, saying "Petzold, who also wrote the script, doesn't make level one thrillers, and his characters may be smarter than us, or dumber".
- Roger Ebert (June 26, 2009). "A twist to eternal triangle (HighBeam Research)". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
- Matt Prigge (August 4, 2009). "Jerichow". Philadelphia Weekly. Archived from the original on January 31, 2013. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
- "Nominations at a Glance". Welt Online. March 9, 2012. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
- Roderick Conway Morris (August 29, 2008). "Jerichow A satire of politics, lust and comedy itself Venice Film Festival (HighBeam Research)". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
- James Verniere (July 3, 2009). "`Jerichow' rings up an old theme (HighBeam Research)". The Boston Herald. Retrieved May 21, 2012.