Jury German-Language Feature Film Competition

 

Jessica Hausner, Director, Screenwriter

Jessica Hausner

Born 1972 in Vienna, Jessica Hausner first studied psychology before taking up directing at the film academy in Vienna. She realised her first short film FLORA in 1996, which won her a Pardino at the Festival del film Locarno. Her thesis film INTER-VIEW won the Cinéfondation’s Prix du Jury at the 1999 Festival de Cannes. Hausner attracted international attention in 2001 with her film LOVELY RITA, an impressive study of everyday unrelatedness. She bravely tackled the psychological thriller genre with HOTEL in 2004. Her film LOURDES was invited to participate in the 66th Venice Film Festival’s competition and won the FIPRESCI award. LOURDES also won Best Feature Film at the 47th Viennale. Jessica Hausner co-founded the Viennese film production company coop99 in 1999. 

Christof Neracher, Producer

Christof Neracher

Born in 1970, Christof Neracher is the manager and co-owner of Hugofilm, a production company that celebrated international success with Fredi M. Murer’s feature film VITUS (2006). He has worked as a producer on Pipilotti Rist’s PEPPERMINTA (2009), Bettina Oberli’s TANNÖD (2009) and Men Lareida’s JO SIFFERT – LIVE FAST, DIE YOUNG (2005). Neracher’s career began as a freelance lighting technician. He spent four years working as a production manager in the event and theatre business before completing a two-year post-graduate study in management in 2000. He worked for the Expo.02 from 1999 until 2000. Neracher participated in Producer on the Move at the 2006 Festival de Cannes. He is a board member of Swiss Films and executive member of ACE (Ateliers du Cinéma Européen). 

Christoph Schaub, Director

Christoph Schaub

Born 1958 in Zurich, Christoph Schaub was a member of the Videoladen Zürich and founding member of Dschoint Ventschr AG. He taught film/video realisation at the Höhere Schule für Gestaltung and the F+F School in Zurich from 1996 until 2004. He was the artistic director of Expo.02’s ONOMA and vice-president of the Swiss Filmmakers Association. He later became a member of the Schweizerische Filmzentrum. He has been a board member of the Zürcher Filmstiftung since 2005. Schaub co-founded the Morgental cinema and was involved in the founding of the RiffRaff and Bourbaki cinemas. Known to the public as the director of GIULIAS VERSCHWINDEN (2009), JEUNE HOMME (2006) and STERNENBERG (2004), Schaub’s films are praised nationally and internationally by the media and audiences alike. 

Frieder Wittich, Director and Screenwriter

Frieder Wittich

Born 1974 in Stuttgart, Frieder Wittich earned his spurs as a cam assistant for SAT.1. He worked for ZDF and SAT.1 as the co-author of Krystian Martinek in the field of TV drama and co-wrote the screenplay for EIN STARKES TEAM. Wittich completed his directing studies at the University of Television and Film Munich in 2005. He has realised ad spots for DaimlerChrysler, Swisscom and McDonald’s. Wittich celebrated his film debut at last year’s Zurich Film Festival with 13 SEMESTER (2009). His short films MOSQUITO (1999) and OPUS (2002) received awards in Bayreuth, Bamberg and at the Arizona International Film Festival. Wittich has won the Porsche Award, the Kurz & Schön Award, the First Steps Award and twice gold at the Spotlight International Advertisement Film Festival. 

Johanna Wokalek, Actress

Johanna Wokalek

Johanna Wokalek gave her debut theatre performance in „Alma – A Show Biz ans Ende“ under the direction of Paulus Manker, which was later adapted for television with Wokalek. She has since appeared in various stage productions for which she received the Alfred-Kerr-Darstellerpreis in 1999. Wokalek is also extremely active as a film actress having made her debut in 1998 in Max Färberböck’s film AIMÉE UND JAGUAR. She received the 2003 Bavarian Film Award for her moving portrayal of Lene in HIERANKL, the Adolf-Grimme-Preis followed in 2006. Johanna Wokalek played RAF terrorist Gudrun Ensslin in Uli Edel’s DER BAADER MEINHOF KOMPLEX (2007) and received Bambi’s Schauspielerin National for her performance. In 2008, she appeared in Sönke Wortmann’s DIE PÄPSTIN, and in several TV series.