20 October 1925|
|Died||7 March 1982
|Spouse(s)||Christel Bodenstein (m. 1960–78)|
He and his family left Germany for Moscow when the Nazis took power in 1933, where Wolf came into intense contact with Soviet film. At age 10, he played a minor role in the film Kämpfer, filmed among the German Communist emigrants in Moscow. He and his brother attended the Karl Liebknecht School in Moscow. At age 17 he joined the Red Army and in 1945, he was among the first troops to reach Berlin. He remained in the Soviet Army until 1948. He later described these events in the 1968 film, Ich war neunzehn (I Was Nineteen).
Shortly after the war, Wolf returned to Moscow, where he studied at VGIK. His 1959 film Sterne (German: Stars) won the Special Jury Prize at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival. In 1961, his film Professor Mamlock was entered into the 2nd Moscow International Film Festival where it won the Golden Prize. His 1971 film Goya or the Hard Way to Enlightenment was entered into the 7th Moscow International Film Festival where it won a Special Prize.
He worked afterwards as a film director at DEFA. He was the President of the Academy of Arts of the GDR from 1965 until his death in 1982.
He was married to the actress Christel Bodenstein from 1960 to 1978.
- 1954 Einmal ist keinmal
- 1956 Genesung
- 1957 Lissy
- 1958/1972 Sonnensucher
- 1959 Sterne
- 1960 Leute mit Flügeln
- 1961 Professor Mamlock
- 1964 Der geteilte Himmel
- 1966 Der kleine Prinz
- 1968 Ich war neunzehn
- 1971 Goya - Der lange Weg der Erkenntnis
- 1974 Der nackte Mann auf dem Sportplatz
- 1976 Mama, ich lebe
- 1979 Solo Sunny
- 1981/82 Busch singt (6 part documentary about Ernst Busch, completed by others)
- "Solo Sunny" DEFA Film Library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst. Retrieved November 19, 2011
- "Festival de Cannes: Stars". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-02-15.
- "2nd Moscow International Film Festival (1961)". MIFF. Retrieved 2012-11-04.
- "7th Moscow International Film Festival (1971)". MIFF. Retrieved 2012-12-22.
- "Berlinale 1978: Juries". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2010-08-04.
- "Berlinale 1980: Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2010-08-22.
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