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Dreaming Reality

10.02.2009 - Emily Atef, Andreas Dresen, Jörg Taszman, Wim Wenders

When it comes to portraying life upfront, with all its dreams, disappointments, daily struggles and sudden surprises until the very last moment, German cinema features diverse filmmakers who have their own strong personal styles specific to their films. An influential figure in New German Cinema in the 1970s, legendary filmmaker Wim Wenders’ cache of award- winning and critically acclaimed films include The American Friend (1978), Paris, Texas (1984), Wings of Desire (1987), Buena Vista Social Club (1999) and Don’t Come Knocking (2005).

His new film, Palermo Shooting, enjoyed its world premiere in the official competition of the Festival de Cannes 2008. One of the most impressive directors of contemporary German cinema, Andreas Dresen has been a writer and director for film and television since the early 1990s. He gained international renown in 1998 for Night Shapes, which won, amongst others, the Berlinale Silver Bear. His other award-winning films include Grill Point (2002 Berlinale Silver Bear) and Summer in Berlin (2005) and the recent feature Cloud 9, which won the Heart Throb Jury Prize at the Festival de Cannes 2008.

French-Iranian filmmaker born in Berlin, Emily Atef’s first feature length film Molly’s Way (2005) received the Jury’s Special Award and was screened in the "International Critic’s Week" of the Festival de Cannes 2008. She is currently in pre-production for her third film Kill Me. Representing three different generations of German cinema, these exemplary filmmakers join forces to throw light on how cinema is a splendid way of capturing dreams, allowing visions to become an integral part of life and making small dreams and great expectations come true on the big screen.


Emily Atef

Her first feature-length film, MOLLY'S WAY, received the Jury‘s Special Award at the Mar del Plata Film Festival. Her feature, THE STRANGER IN ME, was part of the International Critic‘s Week series in Cannes 2008. She was a jury member of the Berlin Today Award in 2009.

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.

Jörg Taszman

Film critic, journalist and radio broadcaster, he graduated from the Budapest Film School. He specialised in East European cinema and reviews films for the German Deutschlandradio Kultur, and the German publications Die Welt and epd Film.

Wim Wenders

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Wender’s work has regularly screened at international festivals. His long list of film credits include the 3D films PINA (2011), CATHEDRALS OF CULTURE (2014) and EVERY THING WILL BE FINE (2015), all of which premiered at the Berlinale. He was presented with the Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement in 2015.