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Jörg Buttgereit, 2015
|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter, producer|
|Nekromantik, Der Todesking, Nekromantik 2, Schramm|
He is best known for his 1987 film Nekromantik.
In 1999, he directed an episode of the television series Lexx, after a six-year absence from the entertainment industry.
In 2013, Buttgereit announced that he would be teaming up with fellow horror directors Andreas Marschall and Michal Kosakowski to work on an anthology film called German Angst, in which each director would do one short. The film was released on May 7 2015.
Buttgereit's superhero character, Captain Berlin, was adapted into a comic book series in 2013. There is currently a comic book version of Nekromantik being made.
Buttgereit was raised in West Berlin while the Berlin Wall was still standing and the Allied Forces; Britain, France and America, each controlled a section of the Federal Republic of Germany. Hence, young Buttgereit went to the movie theaters to watch films from the aforementioned countries, he particularly enjoyed watching monster movies from the age of four. His grandmother bought him packs of Creature Feature bubblegum cards while he was in kindergarten and for his first Holy communion he received a Super-8 camera.
Buttgereit has been experimenting with film since 1977. His first project was called Gags und Schwarzer Humor, a parody of TV commercials. Color Trip was created after his camera broke and the developers gave him back black, blank film. After scratching and washing the film, something blue, black and green came out of the projector. Klassenfahrt was a movie about his class in his last year at school. Stress was another version of Color Trip using another returned blank film. He claims his very first feature was called Interview with Frankenstein.
The Exploding Sports Shoe (1980) was a two-minute film consisting of a sports shoe exploding in slow-motion. It was shown on TV as part of a documentary about punk rock, the original title was 'The Most Beautiful Destruction'.
In 2012, speaking at the Leeds International Film Festival, Buttgereit said that he was happy working in stage and television production and cited internet piracy as a problem for low-budget filmmakers.
Filmography (as writer and director)
- Ogar der Hässliche (1981)
- Captain Berlin (1982)
- Mein Papi (1982)
- Der Gollob (1983)
- Horror Heaven (1984)
- Blutige Exzesse im Führerbunker (1984)
- Hot Love (1984)
- Crucifixion (episode in Jesus – Der Film) (1986)
- Nekromantik (1987)
- Der Todesking (1989)
- Nekromantik 2 (1991)
- Schramm (1993)
- Die Monsterinsel (documentary) (2002)
- Through the Night with Michaela Schaffrath and Mark Benecke (documentary) (2007)
- Through the Night with Asia Argento and Joe Coleman (documentary) (2007)
- Monsterland (documentary) (2009)
- Captain Berlin VS Hitler (2010)
- Into the Night with Oda Jaune and Lars Eidinger (documentary) (2010)
- A Moment of Silence at the Grave of Ed Gein (short film) (2012)
- Monsters of Arthouse (DVD compilation of Buttgereit stageplays) (2013)
- German Angst (with Andreas Marschall and Michal Kosakowski) (2015)
- Buttgereit, J. (Ed). (2007) Nekromantik. Berlin: Martin Schmitz Verlag.
- Kerekes, D. (1998). Sex, Murder, Art: The Films of Jörg Buttgereit. Manchester: HEADPRESS.
- Koven, M. J. (2007). Buttgereit's Poetics: 'Schramm' as a Cinema of Poetry. In Hantke, S. Caligari's Heirs: The German Cinema of Fear After 1945. pp. 185–197. Lanham, Maryland, Toronto, Plymouth UK: The Scarecrow Press Inc.
- MacCormack, P. (2007). Necrosexuality, Perversion, and 'Jouissance': The Experimental Desires of Jörg Buttgereit's 'NekRomantik' Films. In Hantke, S. Caligari's Heirs: The German Cinema of Fear After 1945. pp. 199–215. Lanham, Maryland, Toronto, Plymouth UK: The Scarecrow Press Inc.
- Stiglegger, M. (2007). Good News From the Underground: A Conversation with Jörg Buttgereit. In Hantke, S. Caligari's Heirs: The German Cinema of Fear After 1945. pp. 219–226. Lanham, Maryland, Toronto, Plymouth UK: The Scarecrow Press Inc.