Benedict Neuenfels

Cast, Director of photography, Producer
Bern, Schweiz

Biography

Benedict Neuenfels was born March 11, 1966, in Bern. After finishing school, the son of actress Elisabeth Trissenaar and director Hans Neuenfels worked as an assistant cinematographer for Xaver Schwarzenberger and Robby Müller, among others. From 1988 to 1994, Neuenfels studied at Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie (dffb). Afterwards, he was the cinematographer of movie productions like "Bunte Hunde" ("The Break") and "Frau Rettich, die Czerny und ich" ("Mrs. Rettich, Czerny and Me"). Since 1996, Neuenfels teaches image composition at Filmakademie Ludwigsburg and at dffb. He repeatedly collaborated with director Dominik Graf, for instance, for the TV movies "Der Skorpion" ("The Scorpion") and "Deine besten Jahre", and for "Der Felsen" ("A Map of the Heart") and "Der rote Kakadu" ("The Red Cockatoo"). His most important productions for the movie screen include "Lost Killers", directed by Dito Tsintsadze, and the ensemble comedy "Sie haben Knut" ("They"ve Got Knut"), directed by Stefan Krohmer.

Neuenfels won several nominations for the German camera award and won the award for his composition of "Deine besten Jahre" and "Lost Killers". Furthermore, he won the Max Ophuels award for "Die fliegenden Kinder" in 1992, and the Adolf Grimme award for the TV crime film "Sperling und das Loch in der Wand" in 1997.

In 2006, he was in charge of cinematography for Stefan Ruzowitzky's concentration camp drama "Die Fälscher" ("The Counterfeiters") that won the 2008 Academy award as "Best foreign language film". In faded, nearly monochrome images, he visualized the story's atmosphere between desolation and hope and, thus, made a significant contribution to the film's impact – a performance that won him a nomination for the German film award in 2007. In 2008, Neuenfels won the Bavarian film award and the German film award for filming Maria Schrader's drama "Liebesleben" ("Love Life"), based on the novel by Zeruya Shalev.

Maria Schrader then stood in front of Neuenfels' camera in the TV production "Auf dem Vulkan" (2007), and he continued to film a section of the mammoth film project "24 h Berlin - Ein Tag im Leben" ("24 Hours Berlin", 2009) for the TV broadcasters Arte and RBB. In the same year, he was director of photography for Romuald Karmakar's cinematic portrait of techno DJ Ricardo "Villalobos". In 2011, Neuenfels received another German Camera Award for his work on Kilian Riedhof's intense, Grimme Award-winning TV film "Homevideo," in which the clear and unaffected image design strongly contributes to the audience's ability to empathize with the situation of the pubescent and brutally bullied protagonist Jakob (Jonas Nay).  

Two years later followed another award (his sixth) at the German Camera Award, for "Das Wochenende" ("The Weekend", 2012) by Nina Grosse. Neuenfels subsequently realized no less than three films with Stefan Ruzowitzky, the Nazi documentary "Das radikal Böse" ("Radical Evil", DE/AT 2013), the gritty thriller "Die Hölle - Inferno" ("Cold Hell", AT/DE 2016) and the British infection horror film "Patient Zero" (GB 2018). For Ruzowitzky and Michael Krummenacher, he was also responsible for the image design of the end-time miniseries "8 Days" (2019).  

In addition to other productions for television, including two films from the "Tatort" series, Neuenfels most recently collaborated with Wolfgang Fischer on his highly acclaimed "Styx" (2018), for which he achieved the feat of using the camera to let the audience experience a great drama of the world in the limited space of a sailing ship. For his performance, he was awarded the Bavarian Film Award in 2018 and the German Film Award in 2019, among other prizes. In 2019, he also received the Honorary Award of the German Camera Award.

Filmography

2020-2022
  • Director of photography
2021/2022
  • Director of photography
2019-2021
  • Director of photography
2020/2021
  • Director of photography
2018-2020
  • Director of photography
2018/2019
  • Director of photography
2016-2018
  • Director of photography
2016/2017
  • Director of photography
2016
  • Director of photography
2014/2015
  • Director of photography
2014/2015
  • Director of photography
2013/2014
  • Director of photography
2013/2014
  • Director of photography
2013
  • Director of photography
2012/2013
  • Director of photography
2011/2012
  • Director of photography
2010-2012
  • Director of photography
2011/2012
  • Director of photography
2010/2011
  • Director of photography
2009/2010
  • Director of photography
2009/2010
  • Director of photography
2008/2009
  • Director of photography
2009
  • Director of photography
2008/2009
  • Director of photography
2007/2008
  • Director of photography
2005-2007
  • Director of photography
2007
  • Director of photography
2006/2007
  • Director of photography
2006/2007
  • Director of photography
2005/2006
  • Director of photography
2004-2006
  • Director of photography
2006
  • Participation
2003/2004
  • Director of photography
2004
  • Director of photography
2004
  • Director of photography
2002-2004
  • Director of photography
2002/2003
  • Director of photography
2001/2002
  • Director of photography
2001/2002
  • Director of photography
2001
  • Director of photography
1999/2000
  • Director of photography
1998/1999
  • Director of photography
1997/1998
  • Director of photography
1998
  • Director of photography
1997
  • Director of photography
1996/1997
  • Director of photography
1996
  • Director of photography
1995
  • Director of photography
1994/1995
  • Director of photography
1993/1994
  • Director of photography
1994
  • Director of photography
1993
  • Director of photography
1993
  • Director of photography
1993
  • Director of photography
1991/1992
  • Director of photography
  • Producer
1992
  • Director of photography
1992
  • Director of photography
1990/1991
  • Director of photography
1989
  • Director of photography
1989/1990
  • Director of photography
1988
  • Director of photography
1987/1988
  • Assistant camera
1987
  • Assistant camera
1987
  • Assistant camera
  • Clapper loader
1985/1986
  • Assistant camera