Andreas Dresen Tribute


© Peter Hartwig / Pandora Film
© Peter Hartwig / Pandora Film

The Berlin & Beyond Film Festival is proud to celebrate Andreas Dresen, and will honor him with the Career Achievement Award at the 2019 Autumn Showcase Opening Night screening of his latest feature, Gundermann. Join us on October 15, 2019 at 6:00 PM at San Francisco's historic Roxie Theatre.

Andreas Dresen is one of Germany’s most admired directors with diverse and award-winning features. His specific directing style is based on improvisation which results in extraordinary acting accomplishments and a feeling of almost documentary-like realism. He was born in 1963 in Gera (in former East Germany). He began making amateur movies at the end of the 70s, and later worked as a theatre sound engineer before training at DEFA film studios (1985-86). He studied directing at the HFF “Konrad Wolf ” Potsdam-Babelsberg. Since 1992, he has been working as a writer and director for film, TV, stage theater and opera. Night Shapes won Best Actor at the 1999 Berlinale and Best New Director at Vallodolid. Grill Point won the 2002 Berlinale Silver Bear, as well as Best Director and Best Ensemble in Chicago, and Best Director in Ghent, Belgium. Cloud 9 premiered at Festival de Cannes in 2008, where it won the Coup De Coeur Award in the Un Certain Regard section. Cloud 9 was nominated for the European Film Award for Best Actress and Best Director, and won the 2009 German Film Award for Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Film (Bronze). Whiskey with Vodka was awarded Best Director at the Karlovy Vary in 2009, and Stopped on Track won the Prix Un Certain Regard at the 2012 Festival de Cannes and four 2012 German Film Awards, including Best Film (Gold), Best Director, and Best Actor. Gundermann was honored with six 2019 German Film Awards, including Best Film (Gold), Best Director, and Best Actor.

Films at the 2019 Autumn Showcase:

Opening Night Feature on Oct. 15, 6:00 PM at Roxie Theatre

Night Shapes
20th Anniversary on Oct. 16, 6:00 PM at Goethe-Institut

Berlin & Beyond Career Achievement Awards

The Berlin & Beyond Film Festival's Career Achievement Award was inaugurated in 2017 with German actress/director/screenwriter Maria Schrader as its first honoree. Berlin & Beyond has also honored several other luminaries of German cinema through the years through its Lifetime Achievement Awards. Lifetime Achievement Award honorees have included: Hannelore Elsner, 2015 (acting); Peter Sehr, 2014 (directing, posthumous); Mario Adorf, 2012 (acting); Wim Wenders, 2009 (directing); Ulrich Mühe, 2008 (acting, posthumous); Michael Verhoeven, 2006 (directing); Bruno Ganz, 2005 (acting).

Special Acknowledgment

The Tribute to Andreas Dresen is presented in a special collaboration with Wunderbar Together – the Year of German-American Friendship 2018/19 – a comprehensive and collaborative initiative funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, implemented by the Goethe-Institut, and supported by the Federation of German Industries (BDI).