Chris Kraus (director)

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Chris Kraus (actually Christopher J. Kraus), born 1963 in Göttingen, is a German author and film director.

Life and work[edit]

Chris Kraus was employed as a journalist and illustrator before attending the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin from 1991–98, where he studied film directing. Beginning in 1994, he worked as a dramatic advisor and screenplay writer for directors Volker Schlöndorff, Rosa von Praunheim, and Detlev Buck, among others.[1]

In 2002 his first novel was published, titled Scherbentanz (Shattered Glass). He then also made a film based on this book, with the help of Margit Carstensen and Jürgen Vogel. The story has to do with the relationship between a young man who suffers from Leukemia and his mother, who herself suffers with alcoholism.[2] In 2006 Kraus made his second feature film, Four Minutes, starring Monica Bleibtreu, Hannah Herzsprung and Nadja Uhl. Even before its official premiere in February, 2007, this film gained a great deal of attention at international film festivals. Its story centers on a musically talented young woman serving time in prison for murder.[3]

Chris Kraus lives in Berlin,[4] and gives regular academic lectures on filmmaking.[5]

Awards[edit]

  • 2006 Bavarian Film Award, Best Screenplay [7]

Filmography[edit]

  • 1999: The Einstein of Sex
  • 2000: Lovebabe
  • 2002: Scherbentanz
  • 2004: Basta. Red Wine or Death
  • 2004: Acapulco
  • 2006: Four Minutes
  • 2008: Bella Block: Trip to China (TV film)
  • 2010: The Poll Diaries

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Four Minutes - A Film by Chris Kraus". Vierminuten.de. Retrieved 2013-06-28. 
  2. ^ "Scherbentanz: Information from". Answers.com. Retrieved 2013-06-28. 
  3. ^ "Chris Kraus". filmportal.de. Retrieved 2013-06-28. 
  4. ^ http://cms.frankfurter-verlagsanstalt.de/fva.php?IdRelation=1298&IdLanguage=DE
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  6. ^ [2][dead link]
  7. ^ "Bayerisches Landesportal: Ministerpräsident Stoiber verleiht Bayerischen Filmpreis 2006". Bayern.de. 2007-01-19. Retrieved 2013-06-28. 

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