Volker Schlöndorff is arguably one of the most important and internationally successful German directors. He is possessed with a pronounced fondness for bringing German and international literary classics to the screen. He enthusiastically attends to works that have been considered “unfilmable” and makes them accessible and comprehensible to larger audiences. His repertoire also includes socio-critical works. All of his films are ambitious, but also aim to entertain.
Schlöndorff was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, on March 31th, 1939. He spent his childhood in nearby Schlangenbad, but left his Hessian home at a young age for France. Two months there turned into ten years, allowing Schlöndorff to spend most of his youth in Paris. It is here that he completed his schooling and also laid the foundation for his journey into film .
In 1964, Schlöndorff directed his first feature film, Young Törless, which won several awards and was the first international success for the budding movement of the New German Cinema. Several films should follow, like the quirky, mischievous genre-mix A Degree of Murder or the journey into the Heimatfilm-genre, The Sudden Wealth of the Poor People of Kombach, as well as the Western-inspired literary-adaptation Michael Kohlhaas or the emancipation-tale A Free Woman.
More successful films were to follow, like The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum, which he co-directed with Margarethe von Trotta or Schlöndorff’s biggest success to date, his film-version of Günter Grass’ The Tin Drum, for which he received an Academy Award.
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- 2012Das Meer am Morgen
- 2005Enigma Variations
- 2004The Ninth Day
- 2001Ten minutes older
- 2000The Legends of Rita
- 1996The Ogre
- 1992Billy, how did you do it?
- 1989A Handmaid's Tale
- 1987A Gathering of old Men
- 1985Death of a Salesman
- 1983Un Amour de Swann
- 1982War and Peace
- 1981Circle of Deceit
- 1980The Candidate
- 1979The Tin Drum
- 1978Germany In Autumn
- 1977Portrait of Valeska Gert
- 1976Coup de Grace
- 1975The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum
- 1974Georgina’s Reasons
- 1972A Free Woman
- 1971Die Moral der Ruth Halbfass
- 1970Der plötzliche Reichtum der armen Leute von Kombach
- 1969Michael Kohlhaas
- 1967Der Paukenspieler
- 1966A degree of murder
- 1965Young Törless
- 1960Wen kümmert's