March 2012, berlinale forum

Grimme Award for "Dreileben"



"Dreileben" by Dominik Graf, Christian Petzold and Christoph Hochhäusler has received a special Grimme Award. The project which had its world premiere in last year's Forum program began with an email correpondence on the subjects of film aesthetics, the Berlin School, Germany and the film genre (published in film magazine "Revolver"). Two years later the three directors decided to continue this theoretical discussion with a joint film project: three individual stories revolving around the same "fait divers": the escape of a convicted criminal from police custody. Graf’s DON'T FOLLOW ME AROUND tells the story of a police psychologist who meets old acquaintances while investigating a case. In Petzold’s BEATS BEING DEAD a young man doing alternative national service experiences a love story without a future. And in Christoph Hochhäusler’s ONE MINUTE OF DARKNESS an indefatigable policeman hunting the escaped prisoner begins to doubt false certainties. Three films, three styles, three exciting approaches, variations, analyses. German television stations made this all possible. As Dominik Graf wrote: "… this work vis-à-vis mainstream TV, at its edges, in contradiction to and yet, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, in commentary on that mainstream – I find and have always found this to be extremely creative."