German Language Directors

by mrc-meneghin | created - 12 Mar 2016 | updated - 5 days ago | Public

1. Oliver Hirschbiegel

Director | Das Experiment

Born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1957. In his teens he left high school and worked as a cooker in a boat.

Then he studied painting and graphism in the Academy of arts in Hamburg where he also started experimenting with video and photography. Those experimental movies attracted the attention of some ...

Tha Fall 13 Minutes

2. Michael Haneke

Writer | Caché

A true master of his craft, Michael Haneke is one of the greatest film artists working today and one who challenges his viewers each year and work goes by, with films that reflect real portions of life in realistic, disturbing and unforgettable ways. One of the most genuine filmmakers of the world ...

La pianiste Le temps du loup Caché The White Ribbon Amour

3. F.W. Murnau

Director | Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

He studied art and literature history at the University of Heidelberg. During World War I, he was a combat pilot.

The Last Laugh Sunrise

4. Werner Herzog

Director | Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes

Director. Writer. Producer. Has studied history, literature and theatre, but hasn't finished it. Founded his own production company in 1963. Has staged several operas, besides others in Bayreuth, Germany, and at the Milan Scala in Italy. Herzog has won numerous national and international awards for...

Aguirre Wrath of God The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser Heart of Glass Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World

5. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Director | Das Leben der Anderen

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck was born on May 2, 1973 in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany as Florian Maria Georg Christian Graf Henckel von Donnersmarck. He is a director and writer, known for The Lives of Others (2006), The Tourist (2010) and Dobermann (1999). He is married to ...

The Lives of Others

6. Christian Petzold

Director | Phoenix

Christian Petzold was born in Hilden in 1960. After studying German and Drama at the Freie Universität Berlin, he enrolled in Berlin's German Academy for Film and Television (DFFB). There he studied film direction while at same time working as an assistant director to Harun Farocki and Hartmut ...

The State I am In Barbara

7. Jessica Hausner

Writer | Lourdes

Jessica Hausner was born on October 6, 1972 in Vienna, Austria. She is a writer and director, known for Lourdes (2009), Lovely Rita (2001) and Hotel (2004).

Lourdes Amour Fou

8. Ulrich Seidl

Director | Paradies: Liebe

Ulrich Seidl was born on November 24, 1952 in Vienna, Austria. He is a director and writer, known for Paradies: Liebe (2012), Paradies: Glaube (2012) and Hundstage (2001). He is married to Veronika Franz.

Paradise Love Paradise Faith Paradise Hope

9. Wim Wenders

Director | Der Himmel über Berlin

Wim Wenders is an Oscar-nominated German filmmaker who was born Ernst Wilhelm Wenders on August 14, 1945 in Düsseldorf, which then was located in the British Occupation Zone of what became the Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Republic of Germany, known colloquially as West Germany until ...

Alice in the Cities Wrong Move Kings of the Road Paris, Texas The Salt of the Earth

10. Max Ophüls

Director | La ronde

Director Max Ophüls was born Max Oppenheimer in Saarbrücken, Germany. He began his career as a stage actor and director in the golden twenties. He worked in cities such as Stuttgart, Dortmund, Wuppertal, Vienna, Frankfurt, Breslau and Berlin. In 1929 his son Marcel Ophüls was born in Frankfurt, ...

La Ronde Madame de... Lola Montés

11. Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Writer | Faustrecht der Freiheit

Above all, Rainer Werner Fassbinder was a rebel whose life and art was marked by gross contradiction. Openly homosexual, he married twice; one of his wives acted in his films and the other served as his editor. Accused variously by detractors of being anticommunist, male chauvinist, antiSemitic and...

The Marriage of Maria Braun Querelle

12. Fritz Lang

Director | M

Fritz Lang was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1890. His father managed a construction company. His mother, Pauline Schlesinger, was Jewish but converted to Catholicism when Lang was ten. After high school, he enrolled briefly at the Technische Hochschule Wien and then started to train as a painter. ...

Der müde Tod Metropolis The Big Heat

13. Maren Ade

Producer | Toni Erdmann

Maren Ade was born in Karlsruhe on 12 December 1976 to a couple of teachers.She studied cinema at Munich's Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film. As of 2001 she co-founded, together with Janine Jackowski, a fellow graduate from HFF, the "Komplizen" film company. It is through Komplizen that Maren would...

Toni Erdman

14. Jan Gassmann

Director | Europe, She Loves

Jan Gassmann was born on September 28, 1983 in Zurich, Switzerland. He is a director and editor, known for Europe, She Loves (2016), Heimatland (2015) and Karma Shadub (2013).

Europe, She Loves

15. Christoph Hochhäusler

Director | Dreileben

Christoph Hochhäusler was born on July 10, 1972 in Munich, Germany. He is a director and writer, known for Dreileben (2011), Unter dir die Stadt (2010) and Milchwald (2003).

The City Below

16. Ernst Lubitsch

Director | To Be or Not to Be

From Ernst Lubitsch's experiences in Sophien Gymnasium (high school) theater, he decided to leave school at the age of 16 and pursue a career on the stage. He had to compromise with his father and keep the account books for the family tailor business while he acted in cabarets and music halls at ...

The Oyster Princess, I Don't Want to Be a Man, The Doll

17. Fatih Akin

Director | Gegen die Wand

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 Wueste Film also dates from this time. In 1995, he wrote and directed his first short feature, "Sensin - You're The One!" ("Sensin -...

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