Lilian Franck

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Lilian Franck (born March 11, 1971) is a German film director and producer, best known for her 2010 documentary Pianomania, a collaborative work with Robert Cibis and winner of the Golden Gate Award for Best Documentary at the San Francisco International Film Festival, the German Film Award for Best Sound Design in 2011 and the Semaine De La Critique prize[1] at the Locarno International Film Festival.

Lilian Franck with Robert Cibis


Franck was born on March 11, 1971 in Würzberg, Germany. She studied at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemburg[2] and at Le Fresnoy - Studio National des Arts Contemporains in France.[3]


In 2002, she received the German–French Journalist Award (de) for her documentary Half A Chance? (2002), her first with co-director and collaborator Robert Cibis. Franck and Cibis co-founded OVALmedia. Their first project producing and directing together was Human Capital - The Employment Trade (2007)[4]. Later in 2007, their project Disgustingly Healthy, an exposé on the use of leeches and maggots in Western medicine,[5] was awarded the Ektopfilm Award. Their 2009 documentary film Pianomania depicts the collaboration between piano technician Stefan Knüper and pianists including Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Alfred Brendel and Lang Lang;[6] it had a successful theatrical release and was screened in theatres in over 25 countries worldwide, as well as over 100 countries on Television.[1] Pianomania was awarded the Semaine De La Critique prize[1] at the Locarno International Film Festival, the Golden Gate award[7] at the San Francisco International Film Festival and the German Film Award for Best Sound Design.[8]

In 2016, Franck and Cibis produced and distributed Free Lunch Society (directed by Christian Tod), which opened in 100 German cinemas and venues in February in a large-scale crowdsourced premiere event, whereby members of the public were invited to receive copies of the film to hold their own public screenings. This was coordinated by Franck in association with Mein Grundeinkommen.[9]

In February 2018, Franck's film trustWHO,[10] a report on the influence of privatised industry on the World Health Organisation, was released in German cinemas nationwide. An additional project, a co-production and co-direction between Franck and Cibis, Fuck Fame, a biopic of the indie-rap musician, Uffie[11], is slated for release in 2019.


Feature films[edit]

  • Pianomania (2009)
  • Free Lunch Society (Co-producer & Distributor) (2016)
  • trustWHO (2018)
  • Fuck Fame (2018)

Short films[edit]

  • Omen - 15 Hours of Techno (1994)
  • Clemi Escapes (1994)
  • Supermerle (1997)
  • Cora (2000)
  • I Love Me, I Love Me Not (Producer) (2003)
  • Anyway Home (Producer) (2015)
  • J'ai Tout Donné Au Soleil Sauf Mon Ombre (Producer) (2015)

Video installation[edit]

  • Spin The World (2000)


  • Half A Chance? (2003)
  • Human Capital - The Employment Trade (2007)
  • Disgustingly Healthy (Producer) (2009)
  • Preying On Patients (Producer) (2009)
  • The Pill: Atom Bomb of Contraception (Producer) (2010)
  • Kids On Pills (2010)
  • Virus vs. Bacteria - A Way Out Of The Antibiotics Crisis (Producer) (2011)


Film Date Of Ceremony Award Category
Pianomania[12] (2009) Deutscher Filmpreis 2011 German Film Award Best Sound Design
Locarno International Film Festival 2009 Semaine De La Critique Best Documentary
San Francisco International Film Festival 2010 Golden Gate Award Best Documentary
Diagonale (Austria) 2009 Best Artistic Montage Best Documentary Editing
Kinofest Lünen (Germany) 2009 Lüdia Audience Award
Eurodok (Norway) 2010 Audience Award Best Documentary
Film Weekend Würzberg 2010 Audience Award Best Documentary
Disgustingly Healthy 2007 Ekotop Film Award Best Documentary
Half A Chance? 2003 German-French Journalist Award Young Talent Award


  1. ^ a b "Semaine de la critique". Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  2. ^ "Filmakademie Baden Württemberg GmbH - Startseite". (in German). Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  3. ^ "Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains". Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains (in French). Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  4. ^ Human Capital – The Employment Trade, retrieved 2018-04-16
  5. ^ "Disgustingly Healthy » TVF International". Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  6. ^ Dargis, Manohla (2011-11-03). "'Pianomania' by Lilian Franck and Robert Cibis - Review". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  7. ^ "AWARDS | GOLDEN GATE AWARDS | San Francisco International Film Festival". Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  8. ^ "Archiv Deutscher Filmpreis: Deutscher Filmpreis". Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  9. ^ "Großes Thema. Großer Film. Große Premiere". (in German). Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  10. ^ Franck, Lilian (2018-03-01), TrustWho, retrieved 2018-02-07
  11. ^ Cibis, Robert; Franck, Lilian, Enuff: WT, retrieved 2018-02-07
  12. ^ "Sondern Pianomania- Ab 8.4. auf DVD und Bluray". Retrieved 2018-02-07.

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