Christian Petzold

Christian Petzold

Darsteller, Regie, Regie-Assistenz, Drehbuch, Kamera, Schnitt, Ton, Sonstiges
*14.09.1960 Hilden

Biografie

Christian Petzold was born September 14, 1960, in Hilden, as the oldest of three sons. He grew up in Haan, where he went to school and finished his high school degree in 1979. After finishing civil service, Christian Petzold went to Berlin in 1981 and started to study German studies and dramatics at Freie Universität Berlin. After his graduation in 1989, Petzold continued to study at Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (dffb). During his studies, Christian Petzold worked as an assistant director for Hartmut Bitomsky and Harun Farocki – who contributed to all of Petzold's later feature films – and worked as a film critic for several newspapers and magazines.

After several short films, including "Süden" and "Das warme Geld", Petzold finished his graduation film for dffb, "Pilotinnen", in 1994. The film production company Schramm Film Koerner & Weber participated in the production of "Pilotinnen", and Petzold continued to collaborate with the production company.

In 2000, Petzold followed his critically praised TV movies "Cuba Libre" and "Die Beischlafdiebin" with the movie production "Die innere Sicherheit" ("The State I Am In"). Besides the German movie award in Gold for best film, the intense drama about a young adolescent and her parents who are wanted as terrorists won numerous awards and finally turned Christian Petzold into one of the most influential filmmakers of contemporary German cinema.

In 2001, the director collaborated with actress Nina Hoss for the first time in the highly praised TV thriller "Toter Mann" ("Something to Remind Me"). The film won an Adolf Grimme award as well as the German TV award. Nina Hoss also played a leading role alongside Benno Fürmann in Petzold's next film for the movie screen: "Wolfsburg" won the FIPRESCI award at the 2003 Berlin International Film Festival and in the same year also won the Adolf Grimme award in Gold.

Petzold's recurring creative collaborators include the cinematographer Hans Fromm, the editor Bettina Böhler, the production designer K.D. Gruber, and the composer Stefan Will. The team also finished Petzold's "Gespenster" ("Ghosts") that saw Julia Hummer – who had already made a strong performance in "Die innere Sicherheit" – and Sabine Timoteo as dropouts who are wandering through an equally inhospitable- and unreal-looking Berlin.

"Yella", on the other hand, tells the story of a young woman who wants to start a better life until her past catches up with her. Nina Hoss made a memorable performance in the title role and won the Silver Bear as Best actress at the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival and the German Film Award in 2008.

The next cooperation between Petzold and Hoss followed in 2008 with "Jerichow", the story of a fatal love triangle also starring Benno Fürmann and Hilmi Sözer. Alongside directors Christoph Hochhäusler and Dominik Graf, Petzold then worked on "Dreileben". For the unusual project, each of the three filmmakers made one part of the thriller triptych. Petzold's contribution, titled "Etwas Besseres als den Tod", premiered with the works of Graf and Hochhäusler in the Forum section of the 2011 Berlin IFF.

The following year, his film "Barbara" was included in the competition of the Berlin IFF: The film about a physician (played by Petzold regular Nina Hoss), whose plan to flee from the GDR to the West is altered when she falls in love with a colleague, got rave reviews and Petzold himself was awarded the Silver Bear for Best Direction. At German Film Award 2012 the film won the Silver Lola for Best Picture.

Christian Petzold is married to the documentary film maker Aysun Bademsoy and lives with his family in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

Filmografie

2015/2016 Wölfe
Regie, Drehbuch
 
2014/2015 Kreise
Regie, Drehbuch
 
2014/2015 Was heißt hier Ende?
Mitwirkung
 
2013/2014 Phoenix
Regie, Drehbuch
 
2011/2012 Barbara
Regie, Drehbuch
 
2010/2011 Etwas Besseres als den Tod
Regie, Drehbuch
 
2008 Jerichow
Regie, Drehbuch
 
2007/2008 Auge in Auge - Eine deutsche Filmgeschichte
Mitwirkung
 
2006/2007 Yella
Regie, Drehbuch
 
2004/2005 Gespenster
Regie, Drehbuch
 
2002/2003 Wolfsburg
Regie, Drehbuch
 
2002-2005 Wer ist Helene Schwarz?
Mitwirkung
 
2001 Toter Mann
Regie, Drehbuch
 
2000 Die innere Sicherheit
Regie, Drehbuch
 
1997/1998 Die Beischlafdiebin
Regie, Drehbuch
 
1995/1996 Cuba Libre
Regie, Drehbuch
 
1994/1995 Pilotinnen
Regie, Drehbuch
 
1994 Abzüge
Regie
 
1994 Vergangen, vergessen, vorüber
Ton
 
1993 Ein Tag im Leben des Endverbrauchers
Sonstiges
 
1992 Die UFA
Regie-Assistenz
 
1992 Das warme Geld
Regie, Drehbuch
 
1992 Der Beigeschmack des Todes
Darsteller
 
1990/1991 Am Rand
Ton
 
1990/1991 Ostwärts
Regie, Drehbuch, Kamera, Schnitt
 
1990 19 Portraits
Ton
 
1990 Glanz und Elend der Hochbegabten
Regie
 
1990 Isaak Babel - Die Reiterarmee
Darsteller
 
1989/1990 Süden
Regie
 
1989 Weiber
Regie, Schnitt
 
1988 Ich arbeite alles ab ... Ehrenwort!
Regie
 
1987 Mission
Regie