Halbe Treppe

Germany

Synopsis

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 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. 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!

Director's Biography

Born in 1963, Andreas Dresen made his first amateur films in 1979. From 1934 to 1985, sound technician at the Schweriner Theater, the volunteered on films at the DEFA Studios. Assistant director for Günter Reisch. Studied directing front 1986 to 1991 at the Konrad Wolf Hochschule for Film and television. Active as a screenwriter and director since 1992 working in the theater as well as in film and television. Suite 1998, Andreas Dresen has been a member of the Decadent of the Arts, Berlin/Brandenburg,
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Cast & Crew

Directed by: Andreas Dresen

Produced by: Peter Rommel

Cinematography: Michael Hammon

Editing: Jörg Hauschild

Costume Design: Sabine Greunig

Main Cast: Axel Prahl (Uwe), Thorsten Merten (Christian), Steffi Kühnert (Ellen), Gabriela Maria Schmeide (Katrin)

Nominations and Awards

  • European Director 2002
  • People's Choice Award 2002
  • Feature Film Selection 2002