12.02.2015 - Andreas Dresen, Wolfgang Kohlhaase, moderated by Verena von Stackelberg
The collapse of the Berlin Wall and the GDR was followed by a brief moment in time in eastern Germany where space seemed unlimited and freedom was an ideal to be tested and lived to the fullest. These feelings form the background for AS WE WERE DREAMING, the Berlinale Competition entry directed by Andreas Dresen and adapted for the screen by Wolfgang Kohlhaase from the bestselling novel by Clemens Meyer. Representing three generations that personally experienced this electric time in the East, Dresen and Kohlhaase will describe their process of adapting from memory to novel to screen a very loaded historical moment that lingers in the space of imagination of many Germans.
Verena von Stackelberg is the founder and managing director of the independent cinema Wolf Kino in Berlin. She has worked in film exhibition, distribution and festivals, including at Curzon Cinemas, Filmgalerie 451, the Cambridge Film Festival and the Berlinale. When she decided to create Wolf, her dream was to build a place with an emphasis on critical exchange between filmmakers and film lovers, and between the neighbourhood and the wider international film community.