Chris Kraus (director)

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

Life and work[edit]

Chris Kraus, born 1963, worked as a screenwriter before he staged his award-winning love duel Shattered Glass (Scherbentanz) into a highly acclaimed feature film in 2002. His second work as a director Four Minutes (Vier Minuten) was one of the most successful German movie dramas in recent years, and won numerous national and international awards,[1] reaching an audience of millions worldwide. Kraus’ third feature film, The Poll Diaries, was also celebrated by critics and the audience alike, and received over 20 prizes, among them four golden "Lolas," three Bavarian Film Awards, one Bambi and the German Film Critic's Award.[2] Kraus shot the film Pink Children (2012) together with 4 German directors about their mentor Rosa von Praunheim.[3] This was followed by his film The Bloom of Yesterday, a winner at the Tokyo International Film Festival, at the Jewish Film Festival Moscow, of the Baden-Württemberg Film Prize and of the Thomas-Strittmatter Prize for Best Screenplay.[4] In total, this comedy featuring Lars Eidinger and Adèle Haenel was nominated in eight categories for the German Film Prize and in three categories for the Austrian Film Prize.



  • 2002: Bavarian Film Award, Best New Director[5] (Shattered Glass)
  • 2002: German Film Advancement Award, Screenplay (Shattered Glass)
  • 2003: New Faces Award, Best Director (Shattered Glass)
  • 2006: Bavarian Film Award, Best Screenplay[6]
  • 2007: German Film Prize, Best Film (Four Minutes)
  • 2007: Sofia International Film Festival, Best Director (Four Minutes)
  • 2010: Black Nights Tallinn Film Festival: Best Director (The Poll Diaries)



  • Scherbentanz. Frankfurter Verl.-Anst., Frankfurt 2002
  • Die Blumen von gestern. Diogenes, Zürich 2017
  • Das kalte Blut. Diogenes, Zürich 2017
  • Sommerfrauen, Winterfrauen. Diogenes, Zürich 2018


  1. ^ Vier Minuten, retrieved 20 February 2019
  2. ^ Poll, retrieved 20 February 2019
  3. ^ "Rosakinder". filmportal. Retrieved 4 November 2021.
  4. ^ Die Blumen von gestern, retrieved 20 February 2019
  5. ^ [1] Archived 19 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Bayerisches Landesportal: Ministerpräsident Stoiber verleiht Bayerischen Filmpreis 2006". 19 January 2007. Archived from the original on 9 February 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2013.


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