Tom Tykwer

Tom Tykwer

Darsteller, Regie, Drehbuch, Musik, Sonstiges, Produzent
*23.05.1965 Wuppertal

Biography

Tom Tykwer grew up in Wuppertal. In 1976, he started to film with a Super 8 camera before he began to work in arthouse cinemas in 1978. He then moved to Berlin and became the head of the Moviemento off-cinema in Berlin-Kreuzberg. Besides, he worked as a screen play editor and made portraits of directors for TV productions.

He already became interested in formal narrative techniques in his early short films: "Because" (1990) presented three variations of the same initial situation, while "Epilog" (1992) framed different versions of an argument between two lovers in an infinite loop.

In 1992, Tykwer and producer Stefan Arndt jointly set up the production company Liebesfilm that also produced his first feature-length film "Die tödliche Maria" ("Deadly Maria", 1993), a film that won the prize of German film critics. The chamber-play like psycho-drama impressed with its elaborate aesthetic composition and its nightmarish atmosphere.

In 1994, Tykwer and Arndt joined forces with the directors Dani Levy and Wolfgang Becker to set up the production company X-Filme creative pool. Tykwer and Becker then co-wrote the screen play to Becker's multiple award-winning metropolitan ballad "Das Leben ist eine Baustelle" ("Life Is All You Get", 1996).

In 1997 and 1998, Tykwer finished two films in a short period of time that turned him into one of the most promising young directors of German cinema: "Winterschläfer" ("Wintersleepers") starts with an accident in the winter and approaches its protagonists – four young people and an older farmer – in concentric circles. The wide screen images contrast impressive mountain landscapes with claustrophobic interiors that again prove the innovative handling of filmic techniques of composition by Tykwer and his preferred cinematographer Frank Griebe (who won the Filmband in Gold).

"Lola rennt" ("Run Lola Run", 1998) is situated in mid-1990s Berlin and tells the story of Lola (Franka Potente) who has to procure 100.000 Deutsche Mark within the next 20 minutes to save her boyfriend Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu). The formal experiment – three variations of the same initial situation – that provided a dynamic editing sequence (the film was fully developed on the storyboard) and a techno soundtrack (Tykwer himself composed the music) became one of the most successful German films of the year and was also successful with international audiences. The psycho-thriller "Heaven" (2001) resulted from a collaboration with Krzystof Kieslowski who wrote the film's screenplay and dispensed with spectacular effects to a large extent.

During the following years, Tykwer mainly appeared as a producer. He only directed the romantic short film "True" that premiered at the 2004 Berlinale and was highly praised by critics.

In 2006, Tykwer finally returned as a feature film director with the eagerly awaited film version of the best-selling novel "Das Parfum – Die Geschichte eines Mörders" ("Perfume – The Story of a Murderer"). Despite ambivalent reviews, the film became an outstanding box office hit and won six German as well as two European film awards.

Tykwer filmed his next project, the thriller "The International" at numerous international locations with a cast of stars including Clive Owen, Naomi Watts, and Armin Mueller-Stahl. The film's premiere opened the 2009 Berlinale film festival.

Following the short "Feierlich reist" – part of the film compilation "Deutschland 09" which he also co-produced – Tykwer shot his first feature film completely set in Germany in years: "Drei" ("Three") tells of a Berlin couple – and the fact that both partners unknowingly fall in love with the same man. "Drei" received numerous accolades, including the German Film Awards for Best Editing, Best Lead Actress and Best Director.

Tykwer next teamed up with American filmmakers Andy and Lana Wachowski ("The Matrix") for the epic and star-studded adaptation of the bestselling novel "Cloud Atlas". The lavishly produced drama was released in November 2012 and went on to win five German Film Awards.

Filmography

2017/2018 Supa Modo
Producer
 
2016/2017 Babylon Berlin
Director, Screenplay, Music, Executive producer
 
2015/2016 Kati Kati
Producer
 
2014/2015 Was heißt hier Ende?
Participation
 
2014-2016 Ein Hologramm für den König
Director, Screenplay, Music
 
2014 Veve
Producer
 
2013 Wie ich lernte, die Zahlen zu lieben
Participation
 
2011/2012 Cloud Atlas
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
2011/2012 Rosakinder
Director
 
2011/2012 Something Necessary
Producer
 
2011 Endlich
Producer
 
2010-2012 Nairobi Half Life
Creative supervisor, Producer
 
2009/2010 Drei
Director, Screenplay, Music
 
2009/2010 Spur der Bären - 60 Jahre Berlinale
Participation
 
2009/2010 Soul Boy
Creative supervisor, Producer
 
2008/2009 Deutschland '09 - 13 kurze Filme zur Lage der Nation
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
2008/2009 Der Weg, den wir nicht zusammen gehen
Producer
 
2008/2009 Feierlich reist
Director, Screenplay, Music, Producer
 
2008 Michael Ballhaus - Eine Reise durch mein Leben
Participation
 
2007/2008 Auge in Auge - Eine deutsche Filmgeschichte
Participation
 
2007-2009 Auf der anderen Seite der Leinwand - 100 Jahre Moviemento
Participation
 
2007-2009 The International
Director, Music
 
2006/2007 Das Herz ist ein dunkler Wald
Producer
 
2006 Ernst Lubitsch in Berlin
Participation
 
2005/2006 Das Parfum - Die Geschichte eines Mörders
Director, Screenplay, Music
 
2004/2005 Ich dich auch
Music, Co-Producer
 
2004-2006 Ein Freund von mir
Producer
 
2004 Im freien Fall. Tom Tykwer und das Kino
Participation
 
2002-2005 Wer ist Helene Schwarz?
Participation
 
2002-2004 True
Director, Screenplay, Music, Casting
 
2002-2004 Lautlos
Producer
 
2000-2002 Heaven
Director
 
1999/2000 Der Krieger und die Kaiserin
Director, Screenplay, Music
 
1998/1999 Absolute Giganten
Producer
 
1997/1998 Lola rennt
Director, Screenplay, Music
 
1996/1997 Winterschläfer
Director, Screenplay, Music, Executive producer
 
1995-1997 Das Leben ist eine Baustelle
Screenplay
 
1993 Die tödliche Maria
Director, Screenplay, Story, Music, Producer
 
1992 Epilog
Director, Screenplay, Music, Producer
 
1990 Because
Director, Screenplay, Music, Producer
 
1986 Friday Afternoon
Director
 

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