OPENING NIGHT FILM OF THE 2019 BERLIN & BEYOND AUTUMN SHOWCASE WITH ANDREAS DRESEN IN PERSON.
German film auteur Andreas Dresen will be presented with the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival's Career Achievement Award along with a special tribute prior to the screening. Mr. Dresen will also join us for a Q&A following the film.
Tue. October 15, 2019 6:00 p.m.
Roxie Theatre, San Francisco
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128 min. Germany (2018) DCP.
German w/ English subtitles
Director: Andreas Dresen
Starring: Alexander Scheer, Anna Unterberger, Axel Prahl, Thorsten Merten, Bjarne Mädel, Milan Peschel, Kathrin Angerer
Screenwriter: Laila Stieler
Cinematography: Andreas Höfer
Producers: Claudia Steffen, Peter Hartwig
World Sales: Patra Spanou
Winner of six 2019 German Film Awards, including Best Film in Gold, Best Director Andreas Dresen, and Best Actor for Alexander Scheer.
Andreas Dresen returned to Germany's recent past with his portrait of the contradictory life of the digger driver Gerhard Gundermann, who made a name for himself as a singer-songwriter in former East Germany, tragically dying at only 43 in 1998. As the hero/anti-hero Gundermann, Alexander Scheer whose previous credits include Sun Alley and The Young Karl Marx, wants to be a good worker, great husband, caring father, artist, clown, and politician in fact, he is everything at the same time. And the type of person who can't help rubbing others the wrong way not something that's only restricted to his home of East Germany...
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).
The Opening Night is presented with the special support of the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in San Francisco.