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Willenbrock

Willenbrock
© UFA Filmproduktion/andreas Giesecke

Bernd Willenbrock is a pretty lucky guy. He's got a flourishing used-car dealership, a lovely wife, a patient girlfriend, a new house in the suburbs and a quaint old one in the country. But he's also got something that makes him uniquely likable: a pragmatic sense of his own value, a self-confidence that makes him feel he can overcome every setback. His courtship of a pretty young university student is brash and ultimately hopeless, yet it's somehow endearing. And when four cars are stolen from his lot, his reaction is admirably even-tempered. But his grip on life begins to slip when he and his wife are viciously attacked by burglars in their home, and the police let the presumed assailants go free... Willenbrock feels vulnerable, perhaps for the first time in his life. Even as he forces himself to go on as before, nothing is as it was. His marriage begins to crack under the tension, especially since his wife is terrified by the thought that the criminals might return. A revolver gives him a sense of security – but as fear begins to take hold of him, the revolver turns into a time bomb waiting to go off...


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 Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2004
Director Andreas Dresen
Screenplay Laila Stieler
Cinematography Michael Hammon
Joerg Hauschild
Susanne Hopf
Cast Wladimir Tarasjanz, Andrzej Szopa, Tilo Prückner, Dagmar Manzel, Anne Ratte-Polle, Inka Friedrich, Axel Prahl
Producer Norbert Sauer
Production Company UFA Film & TV Produktion/Potsdam, in co-production with WDR, MDR, SWR/Stuttgart, ARTE, TPI Trebitsch Produktion International/Hamburg, Studio Babelsberg
Length 108 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Berlin 2005 (Panorama Special), Infinity Alba 2005, Shanghai 2005, Karlovy Vary 2005, Pusan 2005, Rio 2005, Warsaw 2005, Ghent 2005, Ljubljana 2005
Awards German Film Critics Award 2005 (Best Actor)
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
German Distributor Delphi Filmverleih/Berlin

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