Christian Petzold

Christian Petzold (born 14 September 1960 in Hilden) is a German film director. Raised in Haan, after his high-school graduation in 1979 he fulfilled his military civil service („Keine Flucht nach Berlin!“) in a small cineclub of local YMCA („Doppelprogramme, bestehend aus einem Appetizer und einem Filmkunstwerk, alles für schwer erziehbare Jugendliche.“). From 1981 on he lived in Berlin, where he was studying theatre and German studies at the Free University of Berlin. During 1988-1994 he pursued his education at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb). His first film was Pilotinnen, which he conducted for his graduation in 1995. In 2005, his film Gespenster was presented at the Berlinale film festival, as was his 2007 film Yella. Petzold writes his own scenarios, often collaborating with Harun Farocki. As his former teacher at dffb, Farocki was a major influence on Petzold (as well as for Angela Schanelec and Thomas Arslan); this traditionally places Petzold as part of the Berlin School.

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