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photo © Rommel Film/Andreas Dresen

The doctor told the truth. The days are numbered. Why me and why now? A man leaves wife and children behind, parents, friends, neighbours and yesterday’s lover, the people in his life. Day by day a little farewell. Words are getting rare, longer the silence. In front of the window the year changes its colors. Dying is a final work to do. Not being alone while you are left behind alone, maybe that’s a good thing.

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 2011
Director Andreas Dresen
Screenplay Andreas Dresen, Cooky Ziesche
Cinematography Michael Hammon
Cast Milan Peschel, Steffi Kühnert, Talisa Lilli Lemke, Mika Nilson Seidel, Ursula Werner, Otto Mellies, Bernhard Schütz, Marie Rosa Tietjen
Producer Peter Rommel
Production Company Rommel Film, in co-production with RBB, ARTE
Length 110 min
Format HD, 35 mm, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Cannes 2011 (Un Certain Regard), Karlovy Vary 2011 (Horizons), Zurich 2011, London 2011, Ghent 2011, Hamptons 2011, Montreal Nouveau Cinéma 2011, Haifa 2011, Sao Paulo 2011, Tallinn Black Nights 2011, Göteborg 2012, Sofia 2012, Istanbul 2012, Shanghai 2012, Listapad Minsk 2012, Thessaloniki 2012, Muestra de Cine Europeo Ciudad de Segovia 2014, Zagreb 2016
Awards Prix du Un Certain Regard Cannes 2011, 3 Bavaria Film Prizes 2011 , German Film Award 2012 (Gold: Best Film, Best Director, Best Leading Actor, Best Supporting Actor)
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund

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