Maren Ade Life story


Maren Ade is a German film director, screenwriter and producer. Ade lives in Berlin, teaching screenwriting at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg. Together with Janine Jackowski and Jonas Dornbach, she runs the production company Komplizen Film.

Maren Ade (German: [ˈmaːʁən ˈʔaːdə]; born 12 December 1976) is a German film director, screenwriter and producer. Ade lives in Berlin, teaching screenwriting at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg. Together with Janine Jackowski and Jonas Dornbach, she runs the production company Komplizen Film.

Early life and education


Ade was born in Karlsruhe, West Germany. As a teenager, she directed her first short films.In 1998, she began studying film production and media management, and later film direction at the University of Television and Film (HFF) in Munich, which she successfully completed in 2004.

Career


In 2001, Ade co-founded the film production company Komplizen Film together with Janine Jackowski, a fellow graduate from HFF. It was with Komplizen Film that she produced her final student film The Forest for the Trees at HFF in 2003. Among other honors, the film received the Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005. The Forest for the Trees was screened at a large number of international festivals.

In 2009, her second film Everyone Else celebrated its world premiere in the Official Competition section of the Berlin International Film Festival, where it received the Silver Bear for Best Film (Jury Grand Prix) and the Best Actress Silver Bear for Birgit Minichmayr. Everyone Else was released in theatres in over 18 countries.

In 2012, Ade announced she would be writing and directing a film called Toni Erdmann about a man who begins to play pranks on his adult daughter after he finds she has become too serious. The film debuted In Competition at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, the first German film to debut there in 10 years. The film won the top prize at the European Film Awards (Best European Film), thus making Ade the first woman to direct a movie that won the top prize at those awards.

Personal life


Ade lives with director Ulrich Köhler and their two children in Berlin.

Awards and nominations


2005: Special Jury Award, Sundance Film Festival for The Forest for the Trees

2005: Best Feature Film - Grand Prize, IndieLisboa - International Independent Film Festival for The Forest for the Trees

2005: Best Film, nomination for the German Film Award for The Forest for the Trees

2005: Best Feature Film, Cine Jove Valencia Film Festival for The Forest for the Trees

2005: Best Actress: Eva Löbau, Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival for The Forest for the Trees

2009: Silver Bear – Jury Grand Prix, Berlinale, for Everyone Else

2009: Silver Bear– Best Actress for Birgit Minichmayr, Berlinale, for Everyone Else

2010: Nominated for Best Film, Best Direction and Best Female Lead for Birgit Minichmayr, German Film Award for Everyone Else

2010: Best Direction and FIPRESCI Critics' Award, Buenos Aires Festival of Independent Cinema for Everyone Else

2010: Main Prize, International Women's Film Festival Dortmund for Everyone Else

2010: Best Actor for Lars Eidinger, Love Is Folly International Film Festival for Everyone Else

2010: Best Actress for Birgit Minichmayr, Ourense Film Festival for Everyone Else

2014: Berlin Art Prize in the category Film and Media Art

2015: DEFA Foundation Award for Outstanding Performance in German Film for Komplizen Film

2016: Academy Award nomination, Best Foreign Film, for "Toni Erdmann"

Filmography


As director and screenwriter2000 Level 9, short film (script and direction)

2001 Vegas, short film (script and direction)

2003 The Forest for the Trees, feature film (script and direction)

2009 Everyone Else, feature film (script and direction)

2016 Toni Erdmann, feature film (script and direction)As producer2002 Karma Cowboy, feature film by Sonja Heiss and Vanessa van Houten, producer

2006 Hotel Very Welcome, feature film by Sonja Heiss, producer

2011 Sleeping Sickness, feature film by Ulrich Köhler, producer

2012 Tabu, feature film by Miguel Gomes, co-producer

2012 The Dead and the Living, feature film by Barbara Albert, co-producer

2013 Tanta Agua, feature film by Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge, co-producer

2013 Redemption, short film by Miguel Gomes, co-producer

2014 Superegos, feature film by Benjamin Heisenberg, producer

2014 Love Island, feature film by Jasmila Zbanic, co-producer

2015 Hedi Schneider Is Stuck, feature film by Sonja Heiss, producer

2015 Arabian Nights, feature film by Miguel Gomes, co-producer

2017 Western, feature film by Valeska Grisebach, producer

2020 The Story of My Wife, feature film by Ildikó Enyedi, producer

2021 Spencer, feature film by Pablo Larraín, producer

Further reading


Take 100, The Future of Film: 100 New Directors, Phaidon Verlag, 2010

The Berlin School: Films from the Berliner Schule, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2013

Wagner, Brigitta B. (2009). "New Paths for German Cinema". Film Quarterly. 62 (4): 69–71. doi:10.1525/fq.2009.62.4.69. JSTOR 10.1525/fq.2009.62.4.69.

Abel, Marco (2013). "Maren Ade: Filming between Sincerity and Irony". The Counter-cinema of the Berlin School. Boydell & Brewer. pp. 249–273. ISBN 978-1-57113-438-7.

External links


Maren Ade at IMDb

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