Thomas Arslan

Thomas Arslan

Darsteller, Regie, Drehbuch, Kamera, Schnitt, Ton, Sonstiges, Produzent
*16.07.1962 Braunschweig

Biografie

Thomas Arslan was born on July 16 1962 in Braunschweig. The son of a German-Turkish couple grew up in Essen and Ankara. Following his graduation from school, he studied German Literature in Munich, and later enrolled at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie in Berlin, where he majored in direction. Since 1992, he is working as a freelance screenwriter and director.

In 1994, his feature film debut "Mach die Musik leiser" was released. This was followed by a trilogy of films – "Geschwister – Kardesler" (1996), "Dealer" (1999) and "Der schöne Tag" (2001) – which reflects upon the different experiences of people of Turkish descent living in Berlin. Arslan employs long takes and a detached, documentary-like approach in his portrayals of everyday life. He mostly eschews folkloristic details and does not focus on the nationality of his characters, whose problems do not primarily stem from the fact that they are of foreign descent. "Dealer" premiered at the 1999 Berlinale Forum and was won the FIPRESCI award and the Award of the Ecumenical Jury.

Following the documentary "Aus der Ferne" (2006) about Arslan's travels through Turkey, he directed the intimate drama "Ferien", which saw its premiere at the 2007 Berlinale Panorama. In 2010 he presented "Im Schatten" at the festival. The unique gerne film follows a gangster, who resumes his criminal career after being just released from prison.

Following this critically acclaimed gangster film, Arslan takes on another classic genre, the Western: Set in the year 1898 and featuring Nina Hoss, "Gold" tells the story of a group of German immigrants who travel from New York to the newfound gold fields in the Canadian Yukon territory. Arslan's film was selected for the competition of the 2013 Berlin IFF.

His next film "Helle Nächte" ("Bright Nights", 2017), a road movie located in the Norwegian wild that examines a dysfunctional father-son relationship, was selected for the Berlin IFF's competition four years later. Georg Friedrich who stars as the father Michael was awarded a Silver Bear for Best Actor.

Filmografie

2016/2017 Helle Nächte
Regie, Drehbuch
 
2012/2013 Gold
Regie, Drehbuch
 
2009/2010 Im Schatten
Regie, Drehbuch
 
2007/2008 Spaziergang am Rand der Demokratie
Beratung
 
2006/2007 Ferien
Regie, Drehbuch, Produzent
 
2005/2006 Aus der Ferne
Sprecher, Regie, Drehbuch, Kamera, Produzent
 
2000/2001 Der schöne Tag
Regie, Drehbuch, Produzent
 
1998/1999 Dealer
Regie, Drehbuch
 
1997/1998 Tigerstreifenbaby wartet auf Tarzan
Darsteller
 
1996/1997 Geschwister - Kardeşler
Regie, Drehbuch, Schnitt
 
1995 Mädchen am Ball
Kamera
 
1994 Deutschländer
Kamera
 
1993/1994 Mach die Musik leiser
Regie, Drehbuch
 
1992 Die UFA
Kamera-Assistenz
 
1991/1992 Im Sommer - Die sichtbare Welt
Regie, Drehbuch, Schnitt
 
1990/1991 Am Rand
Regie, Drehbuch, Kamera, Schnitt, Ton
 
1990/1991 Ostwärts
Kamera, Ton
 
1990 19 Portraits
Regie, Drehbuch
 
1989 Risse
Regie
 
1987 Das Gurren
Darsteller
 
1984 Eine Nacht, ein Morgen
Regie