Villa Aurora Grant Recipients | 2009

Apr, May, Jun

Dagmar Knöpfel | Filmmaker

Dagmar Knöpfel
Dagmar Knöpfel
1956
born in Heilbronn/Germany
1975 – 1981
studied Art History, History, Archaeology and Sociology in Munich, completing her Master’s thesis on Tintoretto
1981 – 1988
she took up studies at the Academy of Television & Film in Munich

Dagmar Knöpfel studied Art History, History, Archaeology and Sociology in Munich, completing her Master's thesis on Tintoretto, who was also the subject of a documentary film she made in 1999 (Tintoretto).

In 1981, she took up studies at the Academy of Television & Film in Munich and made the films A Bed with Passengers (Ein Bett mit Passagieren, 1984), based on a story by Italo Calvino, Tomorrow (Morgen, 1986), based on a story by Joseph Conrad, and Tür auf zu (1992), a documentary.

After her film studies, she worked as an author and director on various commissioned film projects (documentary films, TV features, and advertising). From November 1992 to March 1994, she produced, directed, wrote the screenplay to, developed the scenography for and edited her next film, Brigitta, for which she also began her own distribution. In 1995, Knöpfel directed 5 episodes of of the popular series Gute Zeiten - Schlechte Zeiten for the private broadcaster RTL, and subsequently made Requiem for a Romantic Woman, (Requiem für eine romantische Frau, 1998). This film brought her the Hessen Film Award, Bavarian Film Award and prizes at the Ophüls Festival in Saarbrücken. The film was also shown at festivals in Taormina, Montreal, Rio de Janeiro, Prague, Hong Kong, Paris, Warsaw, Singapore, Genoa, San Francisco and Washington.

2000 saw the production and premiere of the stage version of Through this night about the writer Bozena Nemcova. In the autumn of 2001, she made the film portrait Franz Seitz zum 80. Geburtstag for the public broadcaster BR and the Film Museum Munich. Her other films include: Der Freund meiner Mutter (TV, 2004) and the cinema version of Through this night with CorinnaHarfouch in the main role (2005), invited to several international film festivals, like Praha, Mar del Plata, Sevilla, Munich, Berlin.

She is currently preparing Du meine Pappel im roten Kopftuch, based on the novel The Girl with the Red Scarf by Tschingis Aitmatov and Die Puppe - the doll.

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