Herbert Grönemeyer joins ZFF08. July 2012
German singer and actor Herbert Grönemeyer heads the Jury of the German-Language Feature Film Competition at the 8th Zurich Film Festival. The ZFF is honoured with the presence of Herbert Grönemeyer, not only one of Europe’s best known and most successful musicians, but also a respected film music composer and actor.
Grönemeyer’s greatest success to date was ten years ago with his album ‘Mensch’ – almost four million sold copies makes it the best-selling album in the history of German music. Even before his career in music began, Grönemeyer was involved in theatre and film productions. He was musical director at Bochum Playhouse and worked with such theatre greats as directors Claus Peymann, Peter Zadek and Robert Wilson and choreographer Pina Bausch. As an actor, Grönemeyer is most memorable in his role as Lieutenant Werner in the anti-war film DAS BOOT (1981) by Wolfgang Petersen. Grönemeyer has regularly composed film soundtracks since 1985. His latest project in this domain was for the US feature THE AMERICAN (2010) by Anton Corbijn with George Clooney in the lead role. Grönemeyer currently lives in London and Berlin. He operates his own studio and his own label ‘Grönland’.