Christoph Silber (often referred to as Chris Silber) is a British-German film producer, screenwriter and director based in Los Angeles. Rated among "Europe's hottest new screenwriters" by Screen International, he frequently collaborates on projects in the United States.
Silber was born to a Jewish family. He studied English and French history and literature in London and Berlin. His mother is a philosopher and award-winning literary translator, his foster father is a well-known Shakespeare scholar and dramaturge. Writing runs in Silber's family. Apart from his parents, several relatives and ancestors of his were journalists or published authors.
Silber worked as an actor, translator and journalist prior to his professional writing career. Taking advantage of his bilingual upbringing, he translated film-related books and screenplays for German book publishers, including Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. The book became a bestseller and led to Silber's first assignment as a playwright. In 1995 the acclaimed Vienna Burgtheater asked him to adapt Puccini's Tosca for a stage production. This led to further theater work and connections in the film industry.
Silber's screenwriting career began in European television in the mid 90's. A genre traveller, Silber worked as a head writer of sitcoms as well as crime series. Silber has collaborated on numerous films, including the award-winning Goodbye Lenin, North Face , My Last Day Without You and Arranged. He also established himself on the family entertainment market with his feature film scripts for the highly successful Enid Blyton-based Hanni & Nanni franchise. Several of his contributions to German television have broken ratings records.
In 2000 Silber married Joleita Reed, whom he had met during a business trip to New York in the previous year. The story of their chance encounter inspired his film My Last Day Without You. Reed passed away from cancer in 2013. Silber's desire to encourage others experiencing similar journeys inspired his film and book project A Cloud In The Attic.
- 2015: I'm Off Then (writer)
- 2015: The Trapp Family - A Life Of Music (writer)
- 2015: Azure (short; director, producer)
- 2013: Banklady (writer)
- 2013: Hanni & Nanni 3 (writer)
- 2012: Hanni & Nanni 2 (writer)
- 2011: My Last Day Without You (writer, producer)
- 2010: Devil's Kickers (writer)
- 2010: The Albanian (writer)
- 2010: Young Goethe In Love (script consultant)
- 2008: Die Tränen meiner Mutter (writer)
- 2008: North Face (writer)
- 2007: Arranged (script consultant)
- 2007: Mrs. Ratcliffe's Revolution (script consultant)
- 2006: Ice Wind (short; writer, director, actor)
- 2004: The Ring Thing (writer, producer)
- 2003: Good Bye, Lenin! (collaborator on screenplay)
- 2001: Julietta (writer)
- 2001: Brooklyn Bridge (short; writer)
- 2017: Balaton Residence (miniseries, co-creator & writer)
- 2016: Rivals Forever (miniseries, co-creator & writer)
- 2015: The New Girl (writer)
- 2014: Dresden Homicide (crime series; creator & head writer)
- 2012: A Day for a Miracle (writer)
- 2011: Girl On The Ocean Floor (writer)
- 2010: Love Is Just A Word (writer)
- 2006-today: Tatort (crime series; writer & head writer)
- 2006-2010: Der Kriminalist (crime series; writer & head writer)
- 2004: My Best Years (series; head writer)
- 2000: Trivial Pursuit (writer)
Awards and nominations
- 2016 Munich Film Festival: Best TV Film or Miniseries Rivals Forever
- 2016 Romy Award: Best TV Film Berlin One
- 2013 International Emmy: Best TV Film or Miniseries A Day for a Miracle
- 2012 Romy Award: Best Screenplay A Day for a Miracle
- 2012 Black Reel Awards: Best Independent Film My Last Day Without You
- 2012 Golden Sparrow Award: Best Children's Film Hanni & Nanni 2
- 2011 Brooklyn Film Festival: Best Producer My Last Day Without You
- 2011 Max Ophüls Award: Best Film The Albanian
- 2011 Hawaii International Film Festival: AIFP honoree, sponsored by the Vilcek Foundation
- 2009 German Film Critics Award: Best Screenplay North Face
- 2009 Grimme Award: Audience Award Tatort: Auf der Sonnenseite
- 2007 Brooklyn Film Festival: Best Film Arranged
- 2001 Brooklyn Film Festival: Best Film Julietta
- 2016 Civis media prize: Best TV Film The New Girl
- 2013 Grimme Award: Best TV Film A Day for a Miracle
- 2013 Montblanc Screenplay Award: Banklady
- 2012 Black Reel Awards: Best Original Song My Last Day Without You
- 2009 Golden Camera: Best TV Film Tatort: Auf der Sonnenseite
- "A first night for My Last Day Without You". Vilcek Foundation.
Christoph grew up in a bilingual family in Germany, but, he says, “what [my family history] did to me was create a feeling of not being able to live in one place,” he says. “And maybe it’s a Jewish thing too, but America was the answer to that, because that sort of cultural homelessness works best here, especially in New York, where everyone’s from somewhere else, and a new world is sort of a blank page
- Holden, Stephen (2010-01-29). "New York Times North Face Review". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-04-30.
- "Fate Or Just Love". Retrieved 2012. Check date values in:
- "Beyond Black & White My Last Day Without You Creator loses wife".