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    »Sommer vorm Balkon« (2005) von Andreas Dresen

    By Dorothea Holloway | July 21, 2014

    Diese Tragikomödie von Dresen ist wirklich ein unterhaltsames Meisterwerk, das ich mir am 16. Juli, als es im RBB lief, nochmals mit Vergnügen angeschaut habe.

    In KINO – German Film No: 85 (2006) schrieb Ron Holloway:

    The signature of screenwriter Wolfgang Kohlhaase is written all over Andreas Dresen’s Sommer vorm Balkon (Summer in Berlin – read »Summer before the Balkony« in German). Awarded Best Screenplay at San Sebastian for this film, Wolfgang Kohlhaase continues to make film history as the best chronicler of East Berlin on record. Two DEFA classics penned by him come immediately to mind: Gerhard Klein’s Berlin – Ecke Schönhauser (Berlin-Corner Schönhauser) (1957) and Konrad Wolf’s Solo Sunny (1980), the latter so much a Kohlhaas film that Wolf offered him a co-director credit. In both films, as well as in Summer in Berlin, a shot of Schönhauser Allee in this corner of Berlin – Prenzlauer Berg appears as a kind of road marker, a guide to the cinematic odyssey of a Berlin screenwriter. […] Andreas Dresen’s Summer in Berlin, set on Helmholzplatz in Prenzlauer Berg just around the corner from Schönhauser. Katrin (Inka Friedrich) and Nike (Nadja Uhl) live in the same Altbau. […] Nike on the fifth floor with a balcony – where they often spend a summer evening talking about life and dreams until the sun comes up. […] Then the truckdriver Ronald (Andreas Schmidt) comes along […] Andreas Dresen’s Sommer vorm Balkon is the box office hit of the new season.

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