Niko von Glasow

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Niko von Glasow
Niko von Glasow.jpg
Born 1960
Cologne, West Germany
Occupation Film director and producer
Years active 1990–present
Spouse(s) Kiki von Glasow

Niko von Glasow ( Brücher, 1960) is a German film director and producer.

The founder and Artistic Director of Palladio Film, von Glasow began his training with Rainer Werner Fassbinder and then worked for a number of film directors including Georg Stefan Troller, Hellmuth Costard, Alexander Kluge, Peter Zadek and Jean-Jacques Annaud before going on to study film at New York University and at the National Film School in Łódź, Poland.

In 2008 he produced and directed the feature documentary NoBody's Perfect. With a darkly humorous touch and no deference to political correctness, NoBody's Perfect follows Niko von Glasow as he looks for eleven people who, like him, were born disabled due to the disastrous side-effects of thalidomide, and who are prepared to pose nude for a calendar of photos. The film won the German Film Award for Best Documentary at the Deutscher Filmpreis in 2009 and went on to receive worldwide acclaim.[1] Through the film's worldwide success, Niko was able to meet with various politicians and journalists. An effective campaign resulted in the German government’s decision to raise monthly compensation (which will amount to over €2.7billion over the next 30 years) for the 2,700 surviving victims of Thalidomide in Germany.


Following his studies at the National Film School in Łódź, Poland, von Glasow made his first feature film, "Wedding Guests", which won the German Critics Prize at the Berlin Film Festival. His other projects include "Maries’s Song" starring Sylvie Testud (which won three German Film Awards), "Edelweiss Pirates" which starred Bela B., Jan Decleir and Anna Thalbach, and Winter Sleepers which Tom Tykwer directed and von Glasow co-produced.

In 2008, Niko convinced 11 other victims of Thalidomide to strip naked for a calendar photo shoot. NoBody's Perfect, the documentary about the making of this calendar, won the German Film Award and resulted in a powerful campaign for the victims of Thalidomide. His next film, "Everything Will Be Alright", documents the making of a unique live theatre production, which von Glasow wrote and developed. The film goes behind the scenes of the play and features a wonderful cast of physically and mentally disabled actors.

Von Glasow's latest film "Shoot Me. Kiss Me. Cut!" depicts twelve young filmmakers trying to achieve fame and fortune with their version of Romeo and Juliet.

Niko von Glasow is a member of BAFTA as well as the European Film Academy and the German Film Academy.

Niko von Glasow is a motivational speaker all over the world. He founded the Tibetan Film School, the University in the park In Saigon and holds talks and workshops in Script Writing and Directing internationally. Von Glasow also runs a charity for girls' education and the arts working chiefly in East Asia.

He founded a webpage and app for education, friendship and love:

To finance his different activities he rents out his villa in Tuscany. Villa Pozzolo.

Personal life[edit]

Von Glasow is the son of Majella Neven DuMont and Ernst Brücher, the founder of the M. DuMont Schauberg Publishing house in Cologne.

He currently lives between London, Cologne and Italy with his wife and two children.

Selected filmography[edit]

  • In Development: Girl From Tibet
  • 2015: "Shoot Me. Kiss Me. Cut!"
  • 2013: My Way to Olympia[2]
  • 2008: Everything Will Be Alright
  • 2008: NoBody's Perfect
  • 2008: Look At Me
  • 2004: Edelweiss Pirates
  • 2004: Elke Heidenreich
  • 1997: Wintersleeper
  • 1994: Marie's Song
  • 1991: Wedding Guests


  1. ^ "SHAKING AND STIRRING: A portrait of Niko von Glasow" (PDF). German Films Quarterly: 6–7. 2009. 
  2. ^ Film sheet of Berlinale 2013 film festival (engl.)

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