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The Pope is in town and the night of his stay is anything but heavenly for some of Berlin's inhabitants. Rich and poor, down-and-outs and policemen, street kids and taxi drivers - in their search for a little bit of happiness, they all end up on an amusing and at times harrowing odyssey through the labyrinth of the big city. A bitter, hard-edged comedy set in contemporary Berlin.

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 Comedy
Category Feature
Director Andreas Dresen
Screenplay Andreas Dresen
Cinematography Andreas Höfer
Monika Schindler
Cathrin Pfeifer, Rainer Rohloff
Cast Dominique Horwitz, Meriam Abbas, Michael Gwisdek, Susanne Bormann
Producer Peter Rommel
Production Company Rommel Film, in co-production with ARTE, ORB/Potsdam, MDR, SFB/Berlin, in cooperation with Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures
Length 104 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Versions English, French
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Berlin 1999 (in competition), Karlovy Vary 1999, Montreal 1999, Ghent 1999, Pusan 1999, Shanghai 1999, Chicago 1999, Havana 1999, Thessaloniki 2012
With backing from BKM, Kulturelle Filmfoerderung Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, European Script Fund
German Distributor MFA Film, Munich

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