Sönke Wortmann was born August 25, 1959, in Marl. After his graduation from high school, he initially aimed for a career as a professional football player but ended his career after three years despite promising results for the lack of lasting ambition. He then started to study sociology but soon realized that this was not his vocation, either. Thus, he successfully applied at Munich’s Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen (HFF) in 1983/84. At HFF, Wortmann finished several short films, including “Nachtfahrer” (1985) that won a special award at London’s Royal College of Art where Wortmann studied for one year, and the 50-minute long film “Drei D” (1988), an ironic-reflexive film within a film about a film student who shoots his graduation film about a film student who shoots his graduation film, that was nominated for the Student Academy Awards.
After his graduation in 1988, Wortmann kept afloat with occasional jobs, for instance as a cab driver, and was seen as an actor in the TV… read more