Christian Schwochow

Christian Schwochow

Regie, Drehbuch
*1978 Bergen auf Rügen

Biography

Christian Schwochow, born in 1978 in Bergen on the isle of Rügen (GDR), first worked as an author, reporter and video journalist for German television, before he studied at the renowned Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. His graduation film was "Novemberkind" ("November Child") in 2007, starring Anna Maria Mühe. It was a big success in cinemas and won several awards. In 2011 his second feature film "Die Unsichtbare" ("Cracks in the Shell") followed. For both movies he wrote the screenplay together with his mother Heide Schwochow. In 2012 he directed the adaptation of the best-selling novel "Der Turm" ("The Tower") for German TV, which made him one of Germany's leading directors.

His Following project was "Westen" ("West", 2013), about a mother and her son from the GDR trying to start a new life in West Germany. "Westen" also won several awards. His made-for-TV feature film "Bornholmer Straße" (2014), for which he also co-wrote the screenplay with his mother Heide, garnered rave reviews and a Grimme Award. Told from the perspective of an East-German border patrol officer, the tragicomedy chronicles the last hours before the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9 1989.

Schwochow went on to direct the "Tatort" episode "Borowski und der Himmel über Kiel" and the two-part TV feature film "A Dangerous Fortune", which is based on the eponymous novel by Ken Follet. In late 2015, he started production on "Paula", a biopic on expressionist painter Paula Modersohn-Becker, played by Carla Juri. The film premiered in German movie theaters in December 2016.

Filmography

2016/2017 Credo
Director
 
2015/2016 Paula
Director
 
2015/2016 Die Täter - Heute ist nicht alle Tage
Director
 
2014 Borowski und der Himmel über Kiel
Director
 
2014 Bornholmer Straße
Director
 
2012/2013 Westen
Director
 
2011/2012 Der Turm
Director
 
2010/2011 Die Unsichtbare
Director, Screenplay
 
2007/2008 Novemberkind
Director, Screenplay
 
2006 Marta und der fliegende Großvater
Director, Screenplay
 
2005 Tantalus
Director, Screenplay