We kindly ask for your understanding

          

A few months ago, a let­ter arrived from ger­man broad­cast­er WDR in which the mighty play­er can­celled its involve­ment in cin­e­ma pro­duc­tions until fur­ther notice, and felt com­pelled “under the cir­cum­stances and the dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion (…) to review the pre­vi­ous deci­sion-mak­ing process and adapt it to the eco­nom­ic frame­work con­di­tions”.

Short­ly after­wards, my col­leagues Mar­cus Seib­ert and Chris­t­ian Fürst asked me to write a future-ori­ent­ed text for their book about 42 years of the inde­pen­dent film­mak­ers’ asso­ci­a­tion Film­büro NW. My top­ic was set.

Along with a lot of deep and excit­ing insights into more than four decades of inde­pen­dent film­mak­ing in Ger­many, my Text “Wir bit­ten um ihr Ver­ständ­nis (We kind­ly ask for your under­stand­ing)” can now be found in the awe­some, big fat pub­li­ca­tion “Achtung, Achtung! Hier spricht das Film­büroNW”

And fur­ther­more it is print­ed in Revolver film mag­a­zine No. 46, also co-edit­ed by Mar­cus. I was par­tic­u­lar­ly pleased about the lat­ter. For years, his Revolver book “Kino muss gefährlich sein (Cin­e­ma must be dan­ger­ous)” has been a con­stant reminder on my book­shelf.

FIVE SONGS nominated

My screen­play “Five Songs For The Patri­archy” which I devel­oped togeth­er with Fic­tion Park Enter­tain­ment, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with LavaL­abs and with fund­ing from the Film- und Medi­en­s­tiftung NRW has been nom­i­nat­ed for the Thomas Strittmat­ter Screen­play Award 2022!

 

 

Dur­ing the Berli­nale, the award cer­e­mo­ny by MFG Film­fund will take place in a small set­ting. A video with the high­lights will be avail­able on film.mfg.de from Thurs­day, Feb­ru­ary 17th, 2022.

I am espe­cial­ly hap­py about the com­po­si­tion of the jury: Hei­de Schwo­chow, Burhan Qur­bani and Damir Lukače­vić.  Well, if that’s not an hon­or!

New arrival in Babelsberg

Since Novem­ber, I am pro­fes­sor of sto­ry devel­op­ment at the Fil­mu­ni­ver­sität Babels­berg KONRAD WOLF. Togeth­er with six won­der­ful col­leagues, I have been offi­cial­ly sworn in this Jan­u­ary.

After almost 20 years in Cologne, I have also moved to Pots­dam Babels­berg with mixed feel­ings of farewell and joy­full expec­ta­tions. I am delight­ed to be work­ing with a whole bunch of tal­ent­ed stu­dents in the fields of screen­writ­ing, direct­ing and pro­duc­ing.

Togeth­er with Meike Hauck, we will be help­ing to shape a new cre­ative and inter­dis­ci­pli­nary approach to sto­ry devel­op­ment — what more could a young (kind a) pro­fes­sor ask for?

Patriarchy, brace yourself!

Film- und Medi­en­s­tiftung NRW sup­ports the devel­op­ment of FIVE SONGS FOR THE PATRIARCHY — Span­ning from the mytho­log­i­cal begin­nings of patri­archy till a fic­tion­al dystopi­an end, FIVE SONGS is an anthol­o­gy film that asks if our men-built civil­i­sa­tion is the best human­i­ty has to offer.  Devel­oped with Fic­tion Park and LavaL­abs, the project aims to make cre­ative use of the newes pos­si­il­i­ties in vir­tu­al pro­duc­tion.

 

Podcasting

Ulrich Laven invit­ed me to his Mas­ter­cut pod­cast, an invi­ta­tion I glad­ly accept­ed. Shot on what must have been the hottest day this sum­mer, our detialed con­ver­sa­tion will now be put online in sev­er­al episodes.
In Ger­man only, I’m afraid.

Africa Film Days Cologne

I will  be join­ing the AFRICA FILM DAYS at Film­fo­rum NRW Cologne again this year to mod­er­ate a Q & A  with actor Yas­sine Benkhad­da about his film Le Choix D’Ali (direct­ed by: Amor Hakkar).

Five years ago, Ali escaped his home town Besançon for being gay. But his mother’s stroke makes him come back again , hop­ing for a peace­ful reuni­fi­ca­tion and a fast jour­ney back to Paris.
In Coop­er­a­tion with DEMASK, LSVD e. V. and rubi­con e. V.

Schwester Weiß on arte

For those who have not seen it yet:

 

 

 

 

 

 

this thurs­day, July 9th 2020 at 15:30, and Sun­day morn­ing, July 19th at 9:30 (CET) arte tv will replay my film Schwest­er Weiß with the mira­coulous Lisa Mar­tinek. Thank you.

The film will also be avail­able for free  from thur­days her on arte online.

It’s a ger­man copy with­out eng­lish sub­ti­tles. Feel free to con­tact me if you’d like to see it with subs.

 

Hair is in the Air! Two awards at the International German PR-Awards!

A dif­fer­ent kind of suc­cess note :

The web series Beau­ty Sum­mer School by the PR-Agency komm.passion for  Kli­er Hair Group, which I had the hon­our to direct last sum­mer in croa­t­ia won two awards at the  Inter­na­tion­al Ger­man PR-Awards in the cat­e­gories „employ­er brand­ing“ and „mov­ing image“. All that hard work under the hot croa­t­ian sun payed off after all!