Maren Ade

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Maren Ade
Born (1976-12-12) December 12, 1976 (age 38)
Karlsruhe, Germany
Occupation Film director, screenwriter and producer
Years active 2000–present

Maren Ade (born 12 December 1976) is a German film director, screenwriter and producer. Even though Ade was born and raised in Germany, she is able to speak English fluently. Despite this, she claims that she isn't ready to take on an English-language project.[1] Ade currently lives in Berlin, teaching screenwriting at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg.


Ade studied at the University of Television and Film in Munich. Her graduation film, The Forest for the Trees, premiered at the 2003 Hof International Film Festival, and went on to win the Special Jury Prize for World Cinema at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. A year later, a German distributor started working alongside Ade and featured her film. Ade shared some thoughts about the characters she created for her films, and especially explored The Forest for the Trees by saying, "I don't like films that force you to identify with someone. I didn't want to make a film about a victim either."[2]

Ade's second feature, Everyone Else, debuted at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival, where it was awarded the Jury Grand Prix and the Best Actress Silver Bear for Birgit Minichmayr.Through this second film, Ade was heading toward gender equality as she said, "I wanted to tell something about a relationship where male and female are not defined clearly anymore"[3] According to Kent Jones, Ade is truly an adult filmmaker whose films relate to her viewers on an emotional level, and goes on to include that "Ade employs the frame [of her film] not to contain but to follow closely but never relentlessly in an effort to maintain a sympathetic emotional continuity"[4]


  • Ebene 9 (short, 2000)
  • Vegas (short, 2001)
  • The Forest for the Trees (2003)
  • Everyone Else (2009)


  1. ^ Kenny, Glen. "Meet Maren Ade and 'Everyone Else'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Charity, Tom (24 September 2004). "German Filmmaker Makes Debut with an Unsettling Portrayal of Loneliness: Maren Ade's The Forest for the Trees Is Intimate, Naturalistic.". The Vancouver Sun [British Columbia]. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Foundas, Scott. "COUPLES CHAOS: GERMAN DIRECTOR MAREN ADE TALKS ABOUT EVERYONE ELSE". LA Weekly. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Jones, Kent (August 2009). "you and me.". Film Comment 45 (4): 38–43. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 

General references[edit]

  • Wagner, Brigitta B. (2009). "New Paths for German Cinema". Film Quarterly 62 (4): 69–71. 
  • Abel, Marco (2013). "Maren Ade: Filming between Sincerity and Irony". The Counter-cinema of the Berlin School. Boydell & Brewer. pp. 249–273. ISBN 9781571134387. 

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