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Vice – Der zweite Mann

Adam McKay (Director, Screenwriter, Producer), Christian Bale (Actor)

Moderation: Jenni Zylka

Press Conference at full length
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As George W. Bush’s running mate, Dick Cheney rose to become one of the most powerful US Vice Presidents of all time, and has had a lasting influence on the world. This extended from his beginnings in the Nixon administration under the later Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, to his eight-year tenure in the White House, where he led a quasi shadow government. We see Cheney as an advocate of coal mining, and as one of the masterminds of the post-9/11 wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; but also as a family man and dog lover. And always at his side, his most important adviser: his wife, Lynne.
With subtle humour, Oscar winner Adam McKay has used his own script to create this biopic about the career of a bureaucrat and Washington insider, who for many is the incarnation of the evil, power-hungry politician. Christian Bale, one of Hollywood’s most versatile actors, gained considerable weight for his transformation into the 46th Vice President. His outstanding performance, which has earned him a Golden Globe, is supported by a big-name ensemble. Satirical in tone, the film casts a razor-sharp glance at US politics, drawing a parallel between that era and the current state of the country.

Adam McKay

USA 2019


132’ · Colour


Christian Bale (Dick Cheney)
Amy Adams (Lynne Cheney)
Steve Carell (Donald Rumsfeld)
Sam Rockwell (George W. Bush)
Tyler Perry (Colin Powell)


Written and Directed by
Adam McKay
Greig Fraser
Hank Corwin
Nicholas Britell
Sound Design
David C. Hughes
Christopher Scarabosio
Production Design
Patrice Vermette
Susan Matheson
Kate Biscoe
Assistant Director
Matt Rebenkoff
Francine Maisler
Executive Producer
Megan Ellison
Adam McKay, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner


Adam McKay

Born in Philadelphia, USA in 1968, the writer, director and producer is a founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade comedy group. Between 1995 and 2007 he wrote for the TV show Saturday Night Live, becoming their head writer for several years. He got to know the actor Will Ferrell during this time and they went on to write several comedies together which McKay also directed, including Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. In 2006, they founded Gary Sanchez Productions. McKay won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay with his film The Big Short.

Filmography (as director)

2004 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy 2006 Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby 2008 Step Brothers 2010 The Other Guys 2013 Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues 2015 The Big Short 2017 Succession; pilot of the TV series 2019 Vice (Vice – Der zweite Mann)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019

Produced by

Gary Sanchez Productions

Plan B Entertainment

World Sales

Annapurna Pictures