Silent Country

  • Andreas Dresen
  • Germany
  • 1992
  • 98'
  • Stilles Land

Dresen’s feature debut. Autumn of 1989 in East Germany. While the political events forebode the fall of the regime day after day, young director Kai Finke wants to stage his first play, Waiting for Godot, in a small provincial theatre. He is very enthusiastic about it and doesn’t let the melancholy, reticence, and apathy of the actors impede him. The theater is like a microcosm reflecting reality: the working routine of the actors is full of opportunism, resignation, and alcohol. While some are fleeing to Hungary, others are trying to make a change by writing a petition to Honecker. Even after the fall of the Wall, the cast isn’t able to move away from the province, and the hope for help from Hamburg proves to be hollow.

Andreas Dresen

Born in 1963 in Gera, East-Germany. In the early 1980s, he began working in theater and making short films. He studied directing at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf in Potsdam. Since 1992, he has been working as a writer and director for film, TV, theater, and opera. Andreas Dresen is one of Germany’s most esteemed and most successful contemporary directors, with a diverse oeuvre and many award-winning films. Night Shapes won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 1999 Berlin Film Festival and the Best New Director Award at the Valladolid Film Festival in Spain. Grill Point won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the 2002 Berlin Film Festival, as well as Best Director and Best Ensemble at the Chicago Film Festival and Best Director at the Ghent Film Festival in Belgium. Cloud 9 premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008 where it won the Jury Coup de Coeur Award in the Un Certain Regard section. The film was nominated at the European Film Awards for Best Actress and Best Director and won the Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Film (bronze) at the German Film Awards in 2009. Whiskey with Vodka was awarded Best Director at the International Film Festival Karlovy Vary in 2009. Stopped on Track won the Prize of Un Certain Regard at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and the German Film Award 2012 in four categories: Best Film (gold), Best Director, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.

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Festivals & Awards
German Film Critics' Award 1992; Hesse Film Award 1992

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