Whisky with Vodka
by Andreas Dresen
Otto Kullberg, an actor with thirty years of cinema fame, is a man that women love and men like. Now and again, he’s had too much to drink. A film has failed because of it and the one he’s working on now, an affair between three people with a good start and a bad ending, is threatening to go the same way.
A second actor is hired to replace Otto in case he falls out again. Telleck, the director, picks out Arno Runge, a little-known and younger theater actor.
The scenes are shot twice, first with Otto and then with Arno. This leads to a serious but funny duel taking place between them. Otto meets his old love Bettina again, who is his partner in the film and also the director’s wife. He realizes that he’s long lost her and begins to eye, though sceptically, the beginner Heike. Not that he feels too old, it’s just that she is so young. He gets drunk with his rival Arno, who lies smashed under the table. Otto has played all kinds of lives. In the light of a sober day, he finds himself in his own world, alone and unneeded. The only thing he has left is the face that his audience still believes in.
Andreas Dresen is one of Germany's most admired young directors with diverse and awardwinning features such as »Summer in Berlin«, »Grill Point« and »Night Shapes«. Andreas' last feature, »Cloud 9«, was awarded with the "Un Certain Regard Jury Coup de Coeur" in Cannes and was nominated for the European Film Award in 2008. His previous features, »Summer in Berlin«, »Grill Point« and »Night Shapes« won him a number of prestigious international awards among which the Silver Bear - Grand Jury Prize at Berlin, Best Director and Best Ensemble in Chicago and the Best New Director award at Valladolid to name just a few.
Andreas was born in 1963 in Gera, Germany. In the early 80s, he began working in theater and making short films. He studied directing at the HFF "Konrad Wolf" Potsdam-Babelsberg. Since 1992, he has been working as a writer and director for film and TV.
2009 »Whisky With Vodka« (Whisky Mit Wodka)
2008 »Cloud 9« (Wolke 9)
2005 »Summer In Berlin« (Sommer Vorm Balkon)
2001 »Grill Point« (Halbe Treppe)
2000 »The Policewoman« (Die Polizistin / TV)
1998 »Night Shapes« (Nachtgestalten)
Henry Hübchen - Otto Kullberg
Corinna Harfouch - Bettina Moll
Markus Hering - Arno Runge
Valerie Tscheplanowa - Heike Merten
Sylvester Groth - Martin Telleck
Director: Andreas Dresen
Screenplay: Wolfgang Kohlhaase
Producer: Christoph Müller
Coproducer: Peter Rommel
Director of Photography: Andreas Höfer
Comissioning Editor: Rosemarie Wintgen
Production Designer: Susanne Hopf
A production of Senator Film Produktion
In coproduction with Rommel Film, RBB, WDR, BR, MDR
In cooperation with arte
With support from FFA, DFFF, Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, MDM
Format: 35 mm / 24fps / 1:1,85 / Colour / Dolby Digital
Length: 108 Min.
Original Language: German
Original title: Whisky mit Wodka