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Policewoman, The (Polizistin, Die)

Policewoman, The

Concrete blocks, high-rise flats, grey voids of streets and monstrous shopping centres. The atmosphere in this problem district of Rostock is gloomy, even when the sun is shining. And it is here of all places that Anne arrives after completing her police training in Berlin. The 27-year-old, ordinary but by no means unattractive policewoman has no ties, and privately she is hoping for a new start, too. But everyday police work is dominated by slow-moving bureaucracy and the daily, more or less meaningful struggle with crime of every kind. Dealing with people whose reality is shaped by social poverty proves difficult for Anne; she is not always able to avoid getting involved. And her relationship to her colleague Mike is also ambivalent; on the one hand she is attracted to him, but as she is all too aware, he is married and has two small children. But when Anne meets up with ten-year-old Benny, who has no stability in his family and has been pilfering in supermarkets, she decides to look after him - and so meets Benny's father Jegor, a small time Russian crook, to whom she feels strangely attracted. But Jegor cannot satisfy Anne's longings, either ...


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).
Category Feature
Director Andreas Dresen
Screenplay Laila Stieler
Cinematography Michael Hammon
Monika Schindler
Cast Katrin Sass, Gabriela Maria Schmeide, Axel Prahl, Paul Grubba, Horst Krause, Martin Seifert
Producers Norbert Sauer, Christian Granderath
Production Company Westdeutsche Universum-Film/Cologne
Length 95 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Munich 2000, Montreal 2000: in competition, Quebec 2000, Glasgow 2000, Berlin 2001: New German Films

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