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WHISKY WITH VODKA (WHISKY MIT WODKA)

WHISKY WITH VODKA
Scene from "Whisky with Vodka" (photo © Steffen Junghans)

The actor Otto Kullberg is a man women love and men like. Sometimes he drinks a little too much. When his excessive drinking leads him to miss a day on the set of his new film and it seems like he’s about to blow the whole thing, a younger actor is hired to shoot all the scenes a second time as a backup solution: Leo the producer is not willing to lose any money.

Otto, a man of fast wit and driven by his need to be at the center of attention, finds himself forced to assert his role on the set, in a 1920’s costume to decide between the love for two women, and to redefine his role in his own life. Many films ago, there was a love story between Otto and his partner Bettina, who is now the wife of the director. Does the distinction between film and reality fade away? In the duel between the actors on set, no one wants to be the loser. Everyone loves the truth and everybody lies.

Not to mention, you really shouldn’t mix whisky and vodka.


Andreas Dresen was born 1963 in Gera. He studied Directing at the "Konrad Wolf" University of Film & Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg. Since 1992, he has been working as a writer and director for film, TV and theater. A selection of his award-winning films includes: SILENT COUNTRY (STILLES LAND, 1992), NIGHT SHAPES (NACHTGESTALTEN, 1998), THE POLICEWOMAN (DIE POLIZISTIN, 2000), GRILL POINT (HALBE TREPPE, 2001), VOTE FOR HENRYK! (HERR WICHMANN VON DER CDU, 2003), WILLENBROCK (2004), SUMMER IN BERLIN (SOMMER VORM BALKON, 2005), CLOUD 9 (WOLKE 9, 2008), WHISKY WITH VODKA (WHISKY MIT WODKA, 2009), STOPPED ON TRACK (HALT AUF FREIER STRECKE, 2011), AS WE WERE DREAMING (ALS WIR TRÄUMTEN, 2015), and THE LEGEN OF TIMM THALER OR THE BOY WHO SOLD HIS LAUGHTER (TIMM THALER ODER DAS VERKAUFTE LACHEN, 2017).
Genre Melodrama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2009
Director Andreas Dresen
Screenplay Wolfgang Kohlhaase
Cinematography Andreas Höfer
Joerg Hauschild
Susanne Hopf
Cast Fritz Marquardt, Kai Boerner, Matthias Walter, Thomas Putensen, Karina Plachetka, Peter Kurth, Sylvester Groth, Valery Tscheplanowa, Corinna Harfouch, Markus Hering, Henry Hübchen
Producer Christoph Müller
Co-Producer Peter Rommel
Production Company Senator Film Produktion, in co-production with Rommel Film
Length 108 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Karlovy Vary 2009 (In Competition), Pusan 2009, Ghent 2009, Rio 2009, Montreal Nouveau Cinéma 2009, Tallinn Black Nights 2009, Havanna 2009, Berlin 2010 (German Cinema), Sofia 2010, Edinburgh 2010, Thessaloniki 2012, Zagreb 2016
Awards Best Direction Karlovy Vary 2009
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, German Federal Film Fund
German Distributor Senator Film Verleih/Berlin

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