Dani Levy

Dani Levy

Darsteller, Regie, Drehbuch, Schnitt, Produzent
*17.11.1957 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.

Filmography

2017/2018 Berlin I Love You
Director
 
2015/2016 Die Welt der Wunderlichs
Director, Screenplay
 
2014/2015 Der Staat gegen Fritz Bauer
Cast
 
2014/2015 Der Liebling des Himmels
Director, Screenplay
 
2012/2013 Schmutziger Donnerstag
Director
 
2009/2010 Das Leben ist zu lang
Cast, Director, Screenplay
 
2008/2009 Deutschland '09 - 13 kurze Filme zur Lage der Nation
Cast, Director, Screenplay
 
2008 Joshua
Cast, Director
 
2007-2009 Auf der anderen Seite der Leinwand - 100 Jahre Moviemento
Participation
 
2006/2007 Mein Führer - Die wirklich wahrste Wahrheit über Adolf Hitler
Director, Screenplay
 
2006 Ernst Lubitsch in Berlin
Participation
 
2004/2005 Alles auf Zucker!
Cast, Director, Screenplay
 
2002 Hannah und ihr Vater
Participation, Director, Screenplay
 
2001/2002 Väter
Director, Screenplay
 
1998 Die Hochzeitskuh
Cast
 
1997/1998 Meschugge
Cast, Director, Screenplay, Editing, Producer
 
1997/1998 Aimée & Jaguar
Cast
 
1997 Auf den Tag genau
Cast
 
1996 Kondom des Grauens
Cast
 
1996 Tempo
Cast
 
1995/1996 Stille Nacht
Director, Co-author, Editing, Producer
 
1994/1995 Die Mediocren
Cast
 
1994 Berlin, 10:46
Cast
 
1993/1994 Einer meiner ältesten Freunde
Cast
 
1993/1994 Burning Life
Cast
 
1993 Ohne mich
Cast, Director, Screenplay, Editing
 
1991 Drop-Out
Cast
 
1991 I was on Mars
Cast, Director, Screenplay
 
1990/1991 Hausmänner
Cast
 
1988 RobbyKallePaul
Cast, Director, Screenplay, Story, Co-Producer
 
1985/1986 Du mich auch
Cast, Screenplay
 
1985 German Dreams
Cast