Chris Kraus (director)

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Christopher J. "Chris" 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]




  1. ^ "Four Minutes - A Film by Chris Kraus". Retrieved 2013-06-28.
  2. ^ "Scherbentanz: Information from". Retrieved 2013-06-28.
  3. ^ "Chris Kraus". Retrieved 2013-06-28.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2008-08-21.
  5. ^ [1] Archived October 19, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ [2] Archived August 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Bayerisches Landesportal: Ministerpräsident Stoiber verleiht Bayerischen Filmpreis 2006". 2007-01-19. Archived from the original on 2012-02-09. Retrieved 2013-06-28.


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