Andreas Dresen was born August 16, 1968, in Gera. He grew up in Schwerin and started shooting his own amateur movies in the late '70s. He completed a traineeship at the DEFA Studio for Feature Films where he also worked as an assistant director to his later mentor Günther Reisch. From 1986 until 1991 Dresen studied directing at the "Konrad Wolf" Academy of Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg. Since 1992, he has been working as a freelance author and director.
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