Dir. Andreas Dresen, Germany 2009, 108 min, German w/English subtitles, digital proj. starring: Henry Huebchen, Corinna Harfouch, Markus Hering, Valerie Tscheplanowa
Otto Kullberg, an actor of cinema fame, is a man that women love and men like.
His excessive drinking however is about to ruin the film he is supposed to star in. So the director picks a little-known and younger theater actor as a stand-in in order to shoot the scenes with Otto and his replacement.
This leads to a serious but funny acting duel. Things don’t get easier, when his former lover Bettina plays opposite him, his love-interest Heike is too young, and his douple ends up in a drunken stupor.
In the light of a sober day, Otto realizes, that he has one thing left in his life: His audience!
Andreas Dresen was born in 1963 and started making films at age 16.
From 1984 to 1985 he worked as a sound technician at the theater in Schwerin and DEFA studios and studied Directing at the Academy of Film & Television “Konrad Wolf" in Potsdam.
His breakthrough as a filmmaker coincided with the Fall of the Wall and first feature Silent Country (Stilles Land, 1992). Other award-winning films include Night Shapes (Nachtgestalten, 1998), The Policewoman (Die Polizistin, 2000), Grill Point (Halbe Treppe, 2001), Summer in Berlin (Sommer vorm Balkon, 2005), Cloud 9 (Wolke 9, 2008), and Whisky with Vodka (Whisky mit Wodka, 2009).
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