Oliver Hirschbiegel, born December 29, 1957, in Hamburg, went to sea as a scullion after finishing Waldorf school. On his return, he studied painting and graphic with Sigmar Polke at Hamburg’s Hochschule der Künste but soon turned more and more to the departments of photography, video, and film; did installation art and performances, and finally switched to film directing.
Hirschbiegel started his professional career as a filmmaker in the mid-1980s as a unit manager for the TV series “Losberg”. In 1986, he made his debut as a director with the TV movie “Das Go! Projekt”. Hirschbiegel also wrote the screenplay for the film. Five years later, he caused a stir with the cutting-edge TV project “Mörderische Entscheidung” (“Murderous Decisions”): The thriller tells the same story in two separate films from the perspective of two different persons. Viewers were able to choose their perspective depending on the situation by switching between the ARD and the ZDF TV channels as both films… read more