Archive Cinema City 2012.

Night Shapes


Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Year: 1998
Duration: 104 min.

Director: Andreas Dresen
Scenario: Andreas Dresen

Cast: Michael Gwisdek, Dominique Horwitz, Meriam Abbas, S.Bormann

Programme selection: Respect to Andreas Dresen

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The Pope is in town, but the night is anything but heavenly for the denizens of Berlin’s nocturnal maze. Homeless people, the rich at play, street kids, cops and taxi drivers all cross paths in this hard-edged, award-winning comedy.


Silver Berlin Bear (Best Actor - Michael Gwisdek), Ernst Lubitsch Award (Michael Gwisdek), Film Award in Silver – German Film Awards (Best Shaping of a Feature Film - Peter Rommel Productions), German Film Critics Award (Best Film), Prix Europa (TV Fiction), Best New Director - Valladolid International Film Festival


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.