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Dani Levy

Cast, Director, Screenplay, Editing, Producer
Basel, Schweiz

Biography

 

1998 saw the premiere of "Meschugge" at the Toronto International Film Festival, and the film about a young Jewish woman from New York who investigates a dark family secret went on to win the awards for Best Production and Best Camera at the Bavarian Film Prize.

Levy, who apart form his own films continued to appear as an actor in other directors" works, made the drama "Väter" (2002) about a divorced man desperately trying to gain custody for his little son. In 2004, he shortly returned to the theatre: In Basel, he staged the play "Freie Sicht aufs Mittlemeer".

The same year, he had his biggest box-office success to date with "Alles auf Zucker!". The comedy about a Berlin Jew, who according to his mother's last wish has to reconcile with his deeply religious brother, won the Ernst-Lubitsch-Award. The jury called it a "renaissance of the German-Jewish comedy tradition". In a spectacular sweep, "Alles auf Zucker!" also won the awards for Best Direction, Best Screenplay and Best Film at the 2005 German Film Prize.

Levy's next film, the tragicomic satire "Mein Führer – Die wirklich wahrste Wahrheit über Adolf Hitler", starring Helge Schneider as Adolf Hitler, was released in early 2007. The film got mixed reviews and didn't meet the box office expectations.

After partaking in the omnibus film "Deutschland "09 – 13 kurze Filme zur Lage der Nation", Levy completed his next feature: The comedy "Das Leben ist zu lang" tells of a Jewish director, who suffers from an existential crises and awakes in an altered reality following a botched suicide attempt.

Switching to television, Levy next directed the Swiss "Tatort" entry "Schmutziger Donnerstag" (CH 2013) and the comedy "Der Liebling des Himmels" (2015) starring Axel Milberg. In a memorable turn as an actor, he played famous Israeli state attorney Chaim Cohn in the award-winning "Der Staat gegen Fritz Bauer" (2015). In 2015, Dani Levy staged his own play "Schweizer Schönheit" at the Schauspielhaus in Zurich.

Levy returned to the big screen with the comedy "Die Welt der Wunderlichs" which premiered at the 2016 Munich Film Festival.

Filmografie

2017/2018
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2015/2016
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2014/2015
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2012/2013
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2009/2010
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2008
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2006
  • Participation
2004/2005
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2002
  • Participation
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2001/2002
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1997/1998
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1997/1998
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1996
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1995/1996
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1994/1995
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1994
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1993/1994
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1993
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1991
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1991
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1990/1991
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1988
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  • Story
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1985/1986
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  • Screenplay
1985
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