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Of Walls and Wonders

12.02.2015 - Andreas Dresen, Wolfgang Kohlhaase, 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.


    Andreas Dresen

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    Growing up and studying in East Germany, he became one of Germany's most prolific director with films like SILENT COUNTRY and SUMMER IN BERLIN. He has been nominated for three European Film Awards and won two German Film Awards as best director. His half-improvised drama GRILL POINT won the Grand Jury Prize in Berlin in 2002, while CLOUD 9 and STOPPED ON TRACK both received awards at the Un Certain Regard section in Cannes. His latest film AS WE WERE DREAMING will premiere in this year's Berlinale Competition.

    Wolfgang Kohlhaase

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    German screenwriter. After several of his projects were cut or prohibited by the East German government he turned to novels, returning to film with his long-time collaborator Konrad Wolf, for whom he wrote and co-directed the GDR cult classic SOLO SUNNY. After re-unification he worked with Volker Schlöndorff and especially with Andreas Dresen, whose latest film AS WE WERE DREAMING, which is in Competition this year, he adapted from the best-selling novel by Clemens Meyer. He won an Honorary Golden Bear for his lifetime achievements in 2010 and an Honorary German Film Award in 2011.

    Verena von Stackelberg

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    Verena von Stackelberg is the founder and managing director of the independent Wolf Kino cinema in Berlin. She has worked in film exhibition, distribution and festivals, including Curzon Cinemas, Filmgalerie 451, Cambridge Film Festival and the Berlinale. When she decided to create Wolf, her dream was to build a space with an emphasis on critical exchange between filmmakers and film lovers, and between the neighbourhood and the wider international film community.