Sharon von Wietersheim

Cast, Director, Screenplay, Costume design, Producer

Biography

Sharon von Wietersheim was born on October 9, 1959 in Fort Stewart, Georgia, USA. When she was two years old, her family moved to Germany. She gained first professional experience as an assistant director at the Munich Residenztheater. She then took acting lessons and was seen in several TV productions between 1988 and 1994, mostly in smaller supporting roles, such as in the Munich "Tatort" episode "Tiere" (1991) and in the Christmas three-part series "Ruby" (1991) with Rex Gildo.

In 1994, Sharon von Wietersheim started working behind the camera: she founded the production company "Rich and Famous Overnight" in Munich and made her first short film "The Necklace" (1994), which was nominated for the 1995 German Short Film Award. The following year, she presented her feature film debut at the Munich Film Festival, the relationship comedy "Workaholic", with the then newcomers Christiane Paul and Tobias Moretti in leading roles. Afterwards she made the comedies "Supersingle" (1998) and "Ein Scheusal zum Verlieben" (1999) as well as the social drama "No Taboo" (2000), about a group of street kids in Berlin. As a German-American co-production, the family comedy "Time Share" (2000) with Timothy Dalton and Nastassja Kinski was created; in the US, the film was broadcast on television, in Germany it had a theatrical release. As a writer, von Wietersheim was responsible for the screenplays of the television drama "Zerschmetterte Träume - Eine Liebe in Fesseln" (1999, directed by Johannes Fabrick) and the feature film "Suche impotenten Mann fürs Leben" (2001, directed by John Henderson).

As a director, Sharon von Wietersheim worked exclusively for TV, always also writing the scripts of her films (except for "Herzstolpern", 2001). She realised the family comedy "Das bisschen Haushalt" (2003) and the love drama "Auf den Spuren der Vergangenheit" (2005). Her drama "Die Zeit, die man Leben nennt" (2008), about the friendship between a paraplegic young musician and a terminally ill man, was awarded Best Picture and Best Director at the Shanghai International TV Festival. Her TV comedy "Auf der Suche nach dem G." (2009) about an irresponsible family man and macho (Max Tidof), whose view on gender roles gets challenged, received very positive reviews.

Despite these successes, Sharon von Wietersheim took a longer break from filmmaking. She wrote the script for the much acclaimed biopic "Käthe Kruse" (2015, directed by Franziska Buch), but did not produce her own films. It was not until 2018 that Wietersheim realized a new film as author, producer and director: The youth film "Immenhof – Das Abenteuer eines Sommer", very freely based on motives from the "Immenhof" film series of the 1950s. The film was released in German cinemas in January 2019.

 

Filmography

2020/2021
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2018
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2004/2005
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2003
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2000
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1995/1996
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1994
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