Archive Cinema City 2012.

Grill Point

Halbe Treppe

Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Year: 2001
Duration: 105 min.

Director: Andreas Dresen
Scenario: Andreas Dresen

Cast: Steffi Kühnert, Gabriela Maria Schmeide, Axel Prahl, Thorsten Merten

Programme selection: Respect to Andreas Dresen

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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 stall, but forgets his wife and 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.  Suddenly it becomes clear that small miracles are possible – if only you believe in them!


Silver Berlin Bear, Grand Jury Prize, International Film Festival Berlin (2002), Silver Lola Feature Film, German Film Awards (2002), Fipresci Award, Motovun Film Festival (2002), Silver Hugo for the best director (Andreas Dresen), Silver Hugo for best ensemble acting (Steffi Kühnert, Thorsten Merten, Axel Prahl, Gabriela Maria Schmeide), 38. Chicago International Film Festival, Robert Wise Prize for Best Director, 29th Flanders International Film Festival – Ghent, Best Feature Film (Prize of German Film Criticism), Best Direction for Andreas Dresen, Best Actor to Axel Prahl, Bavarian Film Award, Audience Award for Grill Point, German Film Week Madrid 24.06.2003.


Born in 1963. Made his first amateur film in 1979. From 1984 to 1985, sound technician at the Schweriner Theater, then volunteered on films at the DEFA Studios. Assistant director for Gunter Reisch. Studied directing from 1986 to 1991 at the Konrad Wolf Hochschule for Film and Television. Active as a screenwriter and director since 1992, working in the theatre as well as in film and television. Since 1998, Andreas Dresen has been a member of the Academy of the Arts, Berlin/Brandenburg.