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GRILL POINT (HALBE TREPPE)

GRILL POINT
Thorsten Merten, Steffi Kuehnert (photo © Bavaria Film International)

The people: two friendly couples in their late thirties; the place: the not exactly happening city of Frankfurt/Oder, East Germany. They're set in their ways, with nowhere to go ... Radio host Chris and his second wife Katrin don't have much to say to each other anymore, in or out of bed. Uwe, his friend, slaves away day and night in his own hot-dog stand, but forgets his wife Ellen and their kids.

Small surprise, then, that Ellen and Chris - who is urgently looking for change - come closer. But they're caught in the act, and as a consequence everyone is shaken from their stupor. Their bogged-down existence gets a jump-start, they question their position in life, and suddenly it becomes clear that small miracles are possible even in a place like Frankfurt/Oder - if only you believe in them!


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 2001
Director Andreas Dresen
Screenplay Andreas Dresen
Cinematography Michael Hammon
Joerg Hauschild
17 Hippies
Susanne Hopf
Cast Steffi Kühnert, Axel Prahl, Gabriela Maria Schmeide, Thorsten Merten
Producer Peter Rommel
Production Company Rommel Film
Length 105 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, French, Italian, Spanish
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Berlin 2002 (in competition), Sydney 2002, Montreal 2002, Warsaw 2002, Chicago 2002, Vienna 2002, Valladolid 2002 (in competition), Pusan 2002, Thessaloniki 2002, Havana 2002, AFI Los Angeles 2002, St. Petersburg 2002, Zagreb 2002, Ghent 2002, Fantasporto 2003, Belgrade 2003, Minneapolis/St. Paul 2003, Thessaloniki 2012
Awards Silver Bear & Grand Jury Award Berlin 2002, German Film Award in Silver 2002, Silver Hugo for Best Director & Best Ensemble Chicago 2002, FIPRESCI Award Zagreb 2002, Robert Wise Prize for Best Director Ghent 2002, German Film Critics' Award 2003 for Best Feature, Bavarian Film Award 2003 for Best Direction & Best Actor
With backing from BKM

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