Nina Hoss is one of the best actresses in the world, mostly known for her collaborations with German director Christian Petzold. Her latest is The Audition for Ina Weisse, making her first feature since 2008's The Architect.
Hoss won the Best Actress Award at last year's San Sebastian Film Festival for playing Anna, a music teacher and struggling musician. When her son shows lack of desire and musical ability, she channels her frustrations into her new student Alexander, pushing him farther and farther, just like J.K. Simmons in Whiplash. She's also keeping an affair secret. It all collides tragically on the day of the audition.
The film is being distributed by Strand Releasing through virtual theaters on Friday, June 26. (If you're unfamiliar, the distributor and local independent theaters team up for you to rent the film digitally for about the cost of a ticket if you were seeing it in the theater. Then they split the cost so those great venues can stay in business. It's a win-win.)