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Director:  Andreas Dresen
Cinematography:  Michael Hammon
Producer:  Peter Rommel
Screenplay:  Andreas Dresen , Cooky Ziesche, Laila Stieler, Jorg Hauschild
Cast:  Ursula Werner , Horst Rehberg , Horst Westphal , Steffi Kuhnert
Production:  Rommel Film
International distribution:  The Match Factory
Cloud 9
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Cloud 9
Wolke 9
Cloud 9
Germany , 2008, 97 min, color
Awards:  2008 - "EFA" - 2 nominations - for best direction and actress to Ursula Werner

Inge is on her way to return a pair of mended trousers to her customer, Karl, but the delivery ends in a sudden passionate embrace followed by sex. Inge lives with her husband Werner and so she initially avoids having a relationship with Karl, but mutual attraction (and not only sexual) gets the upper hand. Love blooms at every age – even in retirement, as the protagonists discover themselves. What Cloud 9 offers, however, is really a traditional love triangle. The film follows its protagonists in unflinching detail, during their sexual encounters and also their most painful moments, hiding nothing from the audience. The taboo topic of eroticism among older people – though perhaps shocking at first – receives an appropriate portrayal full of gawkiness and authenticity as well as sensitivity and humour. As is typical of Dresen, the performances are excellent and the film is a very real and important testament to the psychological and physical yearnings of the older generation.
Dresen's work has a hypnotically stripped-down style, a kind of minimalist romanticism. The sparseness of his cinematography and script creates a wonderfully anxious tension. Cloud 9 is much like his tonally perfect Summer in Berlin, which also involved three average people tripping over the selfishness inherent in the act of falling in love.

Cameron Bailey

Andreas Dresen
German director, born in 1963 in Gera, Germany. He started out as an amateur and later worked in various professions in the East German studio DEFA and then studied at the Konrad Wolf Film Academy in Babelsberg. After making a number of shorts, television films and his feature film debut The Silent Land, he met with success at the Berlinale with his second feature film, the tragicomedy Night Shapes. His bittersweet comedies are often about romantic relationships and normal lives in former East Germany. Cloud 9 was successfully screened at the Cannes Film Festival in the section Un Certain Regard.
1992  Stilles Land
1999  Nachtgestalten
2001  Halbe Treppe
2004  Willenbrock
2005  Sommer vorm Balkon
2008  Wolke 9
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