Christoph Schlingensief

Christoph Schlingensief

Additional Names: Thekla von Mülheim (Weiterer Name); Christoph Maria Schlingensief (Weiterer Name)
Darsteller, Regie, Regie-Assistenz, Drehbuch, Kamera, Schnitt, Ton, Musik, Sonstiges, Produzent, Aufnahmeleitung
*24.10.1960 Oberhausen; †21.08.2010 Berlin

Biography

Christoph Schlingensief, born October 24, 1960, in Oberhausen, made his first short films already at a young age. In 1972, he founded "Jugendfilmteam Oberhausen". After finishing school, he applied for Munich's Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film but was rejected twice. Instead, he temporarily studied German philology, philosophy, and art history at Munich's university from 1981 on. He also attempted to become an author and a musician. Back in Oberhausen, Schlingensief participated in several films by director Werner Nekes – together with Helge Schneider, an old acquaintance from the neighbouring city of Mülheim.

Together with Nekes, Schlingensief lectured at Hochschule für Gestaltung in Offenbach from 1983 to 1985, and, from 1986 on, at the Düsseldorf art academy. Schlingensief made his first feature film, "Tunguska – Die Kisten sind da", in 1983. In 1985/86, he finished "Menu Total" and "Egomania – Insel ohne Hoffnung" that starred Udo Kier and Tilda Swinton, two iconic actors of underground cinema. In the meantime, Schlingensief also worked as a unit manager for the TV series "Lindenstrasse" (1987). Between 1988 and 1992, Schlingensief finished his most famous and most controversial films "100 Jahre Adolf Hitler" ("100 Years of Adolph Hitler"), "Das deutsche Kettensägenmassaker" ("Blackest Heart"), and "Terror 2000", his so-called "Deutschlandtrilogie".

In 1993, Schlingensief made his debut at Berlin's Vokksbühne with the play "100 Jahre CDU – Spiel ohne Grenzen" ("100 Years of CDU"). After several other productions, he became an in-house director of Volksbühne in 1996 and shifted the main focus of his work to theatre productions and live events. Still, Schlingensief made two more films in the following years, "Die Spalte" (1995) and "Die 120 Tage von Bottrop" (1997). In his projects, Schlingensief repeatedly worked with outsiders and the rejected of society, dealt relentlessly with the topic of fascism, and often responded immediately to political events. At Documenta X in Kassel 1997, he was arrested during the event "Mein Fett, mein Filz, mein Hase – 48 Stunden Überleben für Deutschland" ("My Felt, My Fat, My Hare, 48 Hours Survival for Germany") for holding up a sign that said "Tötet Helmut Kohl" ("Kill Helmut Kohl").

In the election year of 1998, Schlingensief founded a political party called "Chance 2000" that participated in the electoral campaign for German Bundestag. From 1998 on, Schlingensief also appeared on TV with several of his own formats. He started with "Talk 2000" which was followed by "U 3000" for MTV and "Freakstars 3000" for the music TV channel VIVA, a casting show for disabled persons that aimed at the "American Idol" TV show format.

During the following years, Schlingensief was mainly doing art performances (for instance, at the 2005 Reykjavik Arts Festival), opera projects (for instance, at Deutsche Oper Berlin in 2008), and theatre productions, at Vienna's Burgtheater (2006), at Berlin’s Volksbühne (2006), and at Gorki Studio Berlin (2008).

At the beginning of 2008, Schlingensief was diagnosed with lung cancer.

In January 2009, "Christoph Schlingensief – Die Piloten", a documentary film about a fictional talk show that Schlingensief produced in 2007, opened in movie theatres. In the same year, Schlingensief was member of the international jury of the Berlinale.

Christoph Schlingensief died from lung cancer August 21, 2010, aged only 49.

Filmography

2016/2017 Chance 2000 - Abschied von Deutschland
Participation, Director of photography
 
2011/2012 Say goodbye to the Story (ATT 1/11)
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Editing
 
2009-2012 Knistern der Zeit - Christoph Schlingensief und sein Operndorf in Burkina Faso
Participation
 
2009 Der Deutschlandkomplex
Director of photography
 
2008/2009 In Berlin
Participation
 
2007/2008 Christoph Schlingensief - Die Piloten
Participation, Co-Director
 
2005-2008 The African Twintowers
Participation, Director, Screenplay, Story
 
2005 Monte Klamotte - Eine Expedition zum Berliner Schuldenberg
Co-Director
 
2005 Kippenberger - Der Film
Participation
 
2004 Silentium
Cast
 
2003 Hamlet X
Cast
 
2002/2003 Freakstars 3000
Participation, Screenplay, Story
 
2001 Hamlet - This Is Your Family
Participation
 
1999/2000 Kanzler - König der Kannibalen
Director
 
1999 Digitale Autonomie
Participation
 
1997 Silvester Countdown
Cast
 
1997 Che: Tod der Utopie?
Participation
 
1996/1997 Die 120 Tage von Bottrop
Cast, Voice, Director, Screenplay, Director of photography
 
1994/1995 United Trash
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Producer
 
1994/1995 Schlafes Bruder
Cast
 
1994/1995 Schmetterling im Dunkeln
Participation
 
1994 Let's Talk About Sex
Cast
 
1994 00 Schneider - Jagd auf Nihil Baxter
Co-Director, Director of photography
 
1993/1994 Abschied von Agnes
Cast
 
1993 Texas - Doc Snyder hält die Welt in Atem
Director, 2nd Camera unit
 
1993 Domenica. Alle kommen, keiner war da
Cast
 
1992/1993 ZAK: Die Außerirdischen. - Teddy Parker. - Atze Hotzler: Pornofilm im Ruhrgebiet. - Stasi-Hund Bello. - Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen
Director
 
1992 Terror 2000 - Intensivstation Deutschland
Cast, Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1992 Tod eines Weltstars. Portrait Udo Kier
Participation, Director, Screenplay
 
1992 ZAK
Director
 
1991 Gossenkind
Cast
 
1990 Das deutsche Kettensägenmassaker
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Assistant editor, Producer
 
1988/1989 100 Jahre Adolf Hitler. Die letzte Stunde im Führerbunker
Director, Screenplay, based on, Lighting design, Editing, Producer
 
1988 Schafe in Wales
Director
 
1987/1988 Mutters Maske
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Editing, Producer
 
1987/1988 Sukkubus
Assistant director
 
1987 Der Werwolf von W.
Assistant director
 
1987 Wild auf Kino. Eine Reise durch den allerjüngsten deutschen Film
Cast
 
1986 Die Schlacht der Idioten
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Editing, Producer
 
1986 Egomania - Insel ohne Hoffnung
Director, Screenplay, Editing, Music, Producer
 
1986 Johnny Flash
Cast, Assistant camera, Location manager
 
1985/1986 Menu Total
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Producer
 
1985/1986 Der Telefonvoyeur
Cast
 
1985 Folkwang '85 - Festival der Künste
Sound
 
1985 Was geschah wirklich zwischen den Bildern?
Director of photography
 
1985 My Wife in 5
Cast, Director
 
1985 Bye, Bye
Cast, Director
 
1984 Das deutsche Wohnzimmer
Sound
 
1984 Der Kontrabaß im Leichenwagen
Cast
 
1984 Bemerkungen l.
Director, Screenplay, Editing, Producer
 
1984 Ringsherum
Cast
 
1983/1984 Tunguska - die Kisten sind da
Director, Screenplay, Assistant camera, Music performer, Producer
 
1983 Der Hut. Im Lichte neuester Forschung
Cast, Miscellaneous
 
1983 Phantasus muß anders werden
Cast, Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1983 What Happened to Magdalena Jung? Die Macht der Unschuld
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1983 Der andere Hund
Sound
 
1982 Nekes
Sound
 
1982 Abfall - ein kostbarer Rohstoff
Director, Screenplay, Editing, Music
 
1982 Wie würden Sie entscheiden?
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1982 Für Elise
Cast, Director, Producer
 
1981/1982 Doktor Faustus
Assistant camera
 
1981 Strommberg - Die letzte Nacht
Assistant camera
 
1981 Eggtime
Cast, Assistant director, Script supervisor
 
1978-1980 Punkt
Director, Screenplay, Editing, Producer
 
1977 Mensch, Mami, wir dreh'n 'nen Film
Director, Director of photography, Editing, Producer
 
1976/1977 Das Geheimnis des Grafen von Kraunitz
Director, Director of photography, Editing, Producer
 
1975 Columbo
Cast, Director, Producer
 
1974/1975 Das Totenhaus der Lady Florence
Cast, Director, Director of photography, Editing, Producer
 
1973 Rex, der unbekannte Mörder von London
Cast, Director, Director of photography, Editing, Producer
 
1972 Wer tötet, kommt ins Kittchen
Cast, Director, Director of photography, Editing, Producer
 
1970 Erdkundefilm
Cast, Director, Editing, Producer
 
1969 Die Schulklasse
Director, Editing, Producer
 
1968 Mein 1. Film
Cast, Director, Director of photography, Producer
 
1968 Der Fahnenschwenkerfilm
Director, Director of photography, Producer