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22 Ratings



Directed by Andreas Dresen
Germany, 1999


The Pope is in town and the night of his visit is anything but heavenly for some of Berlin’s inhabitants. In search of a little bit of happiness, all end up going for a harrowing odyssey through the labyrinth of the city.

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Directed by Andreas Dresen

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

1999 | Golden Berlin Bear

1999 | Winner: Best Actor (Silver Berlin Bear)

Chicago International Film Festival

1999 | Best Feature (Gold Hugo)

Valladolid International Film Festival

1999 | Winner: Best New Director

1999 | Nominee: Golden Spike

German Film Critics Association Awards

2000 | Winner: Best Film

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What are people saying?

  •'s rating of the film Nightshapes

    Our Daily Free Stream: Andreas Dresen - Nachtgestalten (german only). Berlin 1998 kurz vor dem Besuch des Papstes. Das Obdachlosenpaar Hanna und Victor, die drogenabhängige Prostituierte Patty und Jochen, ihr Freier, dann noch der Angestellte Peschke mit einem schwarzen Kind... die ganze Rezension und die besten Berlin Filme aus den 90ern auf Viel Spass damit!