In 13 short films, a group of Germany’s most acclaimed film directors builds a very personal panorama of the social and political situation in their country today. The films were produced in the middle of the social upheaval brought about by Agenda 2010 on the path to the globalized 21st century, more than 60 years after the end of World War II, 40 years after the student uprisings of 1968, 30 years after the 1977’s “German Autumn” and 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Free to choose the format and content, each of the participating directors presents his personal interpretation and filmic portrayal of Germany today. The sequences could range from short film to documentary, from essayistic to experimental. —33ª Mostra Internacional de Cinema
Hans Weingartner, born November 2, 1970, in the Austrian town of Feldkirch, studied physics, brain research, and neurosurgery in Vienna and Berlin from 1990 to 1997. In 1993/94, he simultaneously earned a diploma as a camera assistent in Vienna. In 1997, Weingartner enrolled at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne and graduated in 2001 with the drama “Das weiße Rauschen” (“The White Sound”). Highly praised by many critics, “Das weiße Rauschen” won several awards, including the 2001 “Max Ophuels Prize”, the award as “Best movie debut” of the Association of film critics, and the 2001 First Steps Award. Thanks to his intensive performance as a schizophrenic, leading actor Daniel Brühl, virtually over night, became one of the most sought-after actors of German cinema.
Weingartner’s second film, “Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei” (“The Edukators”), was shown in the competition of the 2004 Cannes film festival, as the first German language film in the competition in eleven years. From… read more
TOM TYKWER was born in 1965 in Wuppertal. “Peter Pan” was probably the first film he saw, and he says that the youthful fantasy of creating a magical parallel world remains an inspiration to this day. The dreamy, childlike sense of wonder in “Peter Pan” fascinated him, as did Vittorio de Sica’s “Miracle in Milan”. Another important cinematic experience was seeing “King Kong” – nine-year-old Tykwer realized that cinema was artificial, man-made. This particular film marked the start of his fondness for the horror genre. Tykwer also names James Whales’ “Bride of Frankenstein”, "Miracle in Milan” and John Carpenter’s “Halloween” as some other early discoveries. From this point on Tykwer’s adolescence revolved round his passion for the cinema. To get greater access to films he helped out in an art-house cinema, which also allowed him to circumvent age restrictions.
Tykwer started making Super 8 films at the age of eleven, a purely fan-driven exercise in which he essentially rehashed… read more
Fatih Akin was born in 1973 in Hamburg of Turkish parentage. He began studying Visual Communications at Hamburg’s College of Fine Arts in 1994. His collaboration with Wüste Film also dates from this time. In 1995, he wrote and directed his first short feature, Sensin – You’re The One! (Sensin – Du Bist Es!), which received the Audience Award at the Hamburg International Short Film Festival. His second short film, Weed (Getuerkt, 1996), received several national and international festival prizes. His first full length feature film, Short Sharp Shock (Kurz Und Schmerzlos, 1998) won the Bronze Leopard at Locarno and the Bavarian Film Award (Best Young Director) in 1998. His other films include: In July (Im Juli, 2000), Wir Haben Vergessen Zurueckzukehren (2001), Solino (2002), the Berlinale Golden Bear-winner and winner of the German and European Film Awards Head-On (Gegen Die Wand, 2003), and Crossing the Bridge – The Sound of Istanbul (2005). —World Cinema Foundation
Wolfgang Becker was born in 1954 in Hemer/Westphalia and studied German, History and American Studies at the Free University in Berlin. He followed this with a job at a sound studio in 1980 and then began studies at the German Film & Television Academy (dffb). He started working as a freelance cameraman in 1983 and graduated from the dffb in 1986 with “Butterflies” (“Schmetterlinge”), which won the Student Academy Award in 1988, the Golden Leopard at Locarno and the Saarland Prime-Minister’s Award at the 1988 Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken. He directed the "Tator"t-episode, “Blutwurstwalzer”, before making his second feature “Children’s Games” (“Kinderspiele”, 1992), the documentary “Celibidache” (1992), and the Berlinale competition features “Life is All You Get” (“Das Leben ist eine Baustelle”, 1997), and “Good Bye, Lenin!” (2003). —german-films.de
Sylke Enders was born in 1965 in Brandenburg and initially studied Social Studies in Berlin. Also active in dance and theater, she has worked in script and continuity and as an assistant director for various film and television productions. A student at the German Film & Television Academy (dffb) in Berlin since 1996, her films include: “Auszeit” (short, 1997), “Hund mit T” (short, 1999), “Immer mir” (short, 2000), “Kroko” (2003), “Hab mich lieb” (2003), and “Schlitten auf schwarzem Schnee” (2004). —german-films.de
Dominik Graf was born September 6, 1972, as the son of the actors Selma and Robert Graf. In 1972, he took up German language and literature studies as well as musicology at the University of Munich. In 1974, however, he switched to the Academy for Television & Film (HFF), where he shot the short film “Carlas Briefe” during his first academic year. In addition to his studies, he wrote screenplays for the TV series Auf Achse. Furthermore, he played small roles in feature films such as Der Mädchenkrieg (1977, Alf Brustellin, Bernhard Sinkel). He also took on the leading role in Heidi Genée’s comedy 1 + 1 = 3 (1979).
He received the Bavarian Film Award for his graduation film Der kostbare Gast (1979). Subsequently, Graf concentrated on his television work and directed several episodes for series such as Familientag and Köberle kommt. With his work on the TV series Der Fahnder and the Tatort episode Schwarzes… read more
Born in Munich in 1972. From 1993-1995 studied architecture at Berlin Technical University. 1996-2004 studied directing at the Academy of Television and Film School (HFF) in Munich. Various Jobs as storyboard illustrator, sound editor and assistant director. 1997 co-founder and co-publisher of “Revolver”film magazine. Numerous articles on cinema for “Süddeutsche Zeitung”, “png”, “Cult”, “Insert”and other publications. “Milchwald” (2003) was his graduation project and first feature film. —filmportal.de
Born in Wiesbaden on 15.2.1965 of French- Persian parents, Romuald Karmakar lived in Athens from 1977-82. He graduated from high school Munich in 1984 and has been working as an independent filmmaker since 1985, first making shorts and documentaries. He directed his first feature film, “The Deathmaker”, in 1995. This drama received three German Film Awards in Gold; Götz George was also awarded a Silver Lion in Venice Best Actor for his performance in this film. Karmakar’s feature film “Manila” received Silver Leopard in Locarno in the year 2000. —filmportal.de
Nicolette Krebitz (born September 2, 1971 in Berlin, Germany) is a director, actress, model and singer. She is often credited as “Coco” in her creative works.
Nicolette Krebitz made her film debut at age eleven. Later, she hosted television and radio shows for children and attended the Ballett-Centre Berlin and the Fritz-Kirchhoff acting school, also in Berlin.
Krebitz has appeared in over 30 movies, but she is known best for her role in the German-language films Bandits (1997) and Der Tunnel (2001). She also appeared in the English-language film All the Queen’s Men (2001). She wrote and directed the 2001 movie Jeans and 2007’s Das Herz ist ein dunkler Wald.
She is the model on the cover of New Order’s 2001 album Get Ready and its associated singles. Her image is also on the cover and in the sleeve of Terranova’s 1999 album Close the Door. She contributed vocals to the Bandits soundtrack and to the Terranova tracks Just Enough, Plastic Stress and Never. —wikipedia… read more
Dani Levy was born in Basel (Switzerland) on November 17th 1957. After graduating from school, the son of an emigrated German-Jewish family had his first stage experiences working as a clown and acrobat in the Basilisk Circus and though he lacked formal training, he was cast as an actor for the Basel theatre and – following a stint in the USA – for the Rote Grütze theatre in Berlin.
In 1984, he gained prominence as a TV actor in the Swiss series “Motel”, playing the kitchen aid Peperoni. Two years later, he made his directorial debut with “Du mich auch”, which he scripted together with his real-life partner Anja Franke. Levy and Franke also played the leads in the romantic comedy, which was co-directed by Franke and Helmut Berger. The low-budget production turned into a surprise festival hit and was chosen for the “Semaine de la Critique” at the Cannes International Film Festival.
1986 saw the release of Levy’s second feature “RobbyKallePaul”, in which he starred alongside… read more
Angela Schanelec was born in 1962. She studied Acting at the College of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt am Main and worked at the Thalia Theater in Hamburg, Berlin’s Schaubühne and the Schauspielhaus in Bochum. She studied at the German Film & Television Academy (dffb) in Berlin from 1990-1995, graduating with Das Glück meiner Schwester/My Sister’s Good Fortune, winner of the German Critics’ Prize 1996. Her other films include Schöne gelbe farbe (1991), Weit Entfernt (1991), Prag, März 92 (1992), Ich bin den Sommer über in Berlin geblieben (1993), Plätze in Städten/Places in the City (1997/98) at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard in 1998, Mein langsames Leben/Passing Summerr (2001) presented at the Berlinale’s Forum in 2001, and Marseille (2004) also at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard. —Goethe-Institut
Hans Steinbichler was born in 1966 in Solothurn/Switzerland. He studied Law in Passau and Film at the Academy of Television & Film (HFF/M) in Munich. His films include: “Abstieg” (short, 1996), “Mono” (short, 1998), “Verspiegelte Zeit – Erinnerungen von Angelika Schrobsdorff” (documentary, 1999), “Die Germaniker – römisch-deutsche Karrieren” (documentary, 2000), “Hierankl” (2003), “Der Moralist – Vittorio Hoesle entdeckt Amerika” (documentary, 2003), “Inseln im Chiemsee” (documentary, 2003), “Winterreise” (“Winter Journey”, 2005), “Autistic Disco” (2007), “Die zweite Frau” (“My Mother, My Bride and I”, 2007), and “Das Blaue vom Himmel” (“Promising the Moon”, 2010). —german-films.de
Born in Munich in 1963, grew up in Munich, Paris and North Rhine-Westphalia. She took her degree in mathematics at the TU in Berlin and studied directing at the German Film and TV Academy in Berlin (dffb) while working as assistant director, script editor and casting director. Her graduation film “Erste Ehe” (“Portrait of a Married Couple”) was awarded, among other prizes, the First Steps Award 2002 as Best Feature Film. —Berlinale
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