Andreas Dresen

Andreas Dresen (born 16 August 1963 in Gera) is a German film director. His directing credits include Cloud 9, Summer in Berlin, Grill Point and Night Shapes. His film Stopped on Track premiered at the Un Certain Regard section at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival,[1][2] where it won the Prize of Un Certain Regard.[3] Dresen is known for his realistic style, which gives his films a semi-documentary feel. He works very teamoriented and heavily uses improvisation. In 2013 he was a member of the jury at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival.[4]

Andreas Dresen
Andreas Dresen at Berlinale 2022.jpg
Born (1963-08-16) 16 August 1963 (age 58)
Gera, East Germany
(now Germany)
OccupationFilm director
Years active1989 – present

Early life and educationEdit

Dresen was born in Gera. From 1984-85 Dresen worked as a sound engineer for the Schwerin Theatre. From 1984-1986 he was a trainee at East Germany's DEFA Studio for Feature Films as an assistant director to Günter Reisch. Between 1989-91 he studied directing at the Konrad Wolf College of Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg and was a Master student in Günter Reisch's class at the Berlin Art Academy.[5]


Starting in 1985, Dresen directed several short films, documentaries, and films for television, and wrote screenplays.[5]




German AwardsEdit

  • German Film Critics Association Awards
o 1999: Best feature film for Night Shapes
o 2003: Best feature film for Grill Point
  • Bavarian Film Award
o 2003: Director's Award for Grill Point
o 2006: Director's Award for Summer in Berlin
  • Hessian Film Award
o 1992: for Stilles Land
  • Grimme-Award
o 2001: Adolf-Grimme-Award in Gold for Die Polizistin
o 2011: Grimme-Award, Section Information and Kultur, for the artistic direction of 20 x Brandenburg
  • Fernsehfilm-Festival Baden-Baden
o 2000: Hauptpreis für Die Polizistin
  • German Film Award
o 1999: Nominated for the Film Award in Gold for Extraordinary Achievements in Directing for Night Shapes
o 2002: Film Award in Silber for Grill Point
o 2002: Nominated for the Film Award for Extraordinary Achievements in Directing for Grill Point
o 2009: Best Director for Cloud 9
  • German Television Award
o 2001: Award for best Director for Die Polizistin
  • Internationales Filmfest Emden Aurich Norderney
o 1999: Nominated for the Film Award for Night Shapes
  • 1992: German Film Critics Award
  • 2007: Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany

International AwardsEdit

  • International Children's and Youth Filmfestival
o 1998: Lucas for the age group 12- and 13 for Raus aus der Haut
  • Max-Ophüls-Award
o 1995: Sponsorship Award for Feature Film for Mein unbekannter Ehemann
  • International Filmfestival Berlin
o 1999: Nominated for the Golden Bear for Night Shapes
o 2002: Silver Bear of the jury for Grill Point
  • Montréal Film Festival
o 2000: Nominated for the Grand Prix for Die Polizistin
  • International Filmfestival Flandern
o 2002: Silver Spur for Grill Point
  • Chicago International Film Festival
o 2002: Silver Hugo – Best Director for Grill Point
  • European Film Award
o 2002: Nominated for Best Director for Grill Point
o 2008: Nominated for Best Director for Cloud 9
  • International Film Festival of Cannes
o 2008: Coup de coeur du jury for Grill Point
o 2011: Prix Un Certain Regard for Stopped on Track
  • International Filmfestival Karlovy Vary
o 2009: Best Director for Whiskey with Vodka


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Official Selection". Cannes. Archived from the original on 15 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-16.
  2. ^ "Cannes film festival 2011: The full lineup". London. 14 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-16.
  3. ^ Leffler, Rebecca (2011-05-21). "Un Certain Regard Announces Top Prizes (Cannes 2011)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 22 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-21.
  4. ^ "The International Jury 2013". Berlinale. 28 January 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Andreas Dresen - Rotten Tomatoes". n.d. Retrieved 2019-11-17.

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