On May 20th, my friends Erdmöbel released their 10th studio album Guten Morgen, Ragazzi! The song Wir sind nicht das Volk (lass sie rein) is the second song after Beherbergungsverbot from the album to be accompanied with a video of mine. A song against nationalism with a “DuTube”-Video about us and the images we make of ourselves and of each other.
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.
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?
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.
Every year, my “band of neigbours” ERDMÖBEL releases a song for christmas season. In the year of Corona the song turned out pretty melancholic — a mood I know well. I’m really hapy with the video — with Felix Brückner on camera and Til Strobl from Butterfilm on VFX on location in the truly special art space Raum13.
Socially distanced. Of course.
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.
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.
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.
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!
So the Band Erdmöbel and Ihad this on-the-spot idea to make a new music video during these strange days of isolation. We asked a few friends how they would be partying at home. About 70 homemade videos were the basis for my contribution the this new Corona-Splitscreen culture of ours. So here it is: Party Deines Lebens (Party of Your Life)!