Villa Aurora Grant Recipients | 2015

Oct, Nov, Dec

Edward Berger | Filmmaker (together with Nele Mueller-Stöfen)

Edward Berger / © Joachim Gern
Edward Berger / © Joachim Gern
born in Wolfsburg

Edward Berger graduated in directing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1994. After gaining experience working for the US independent production company Good Machine, including films by directors Ang Lee and Todd Haynes, he wrote and directed his first feature, GOMEZ, in 1998. In 2012 he won the prestigious German Grimme Award for his film A GOOD SUMMER.

His latest film JACK was invited into the competition of the Berlin International Film Festival and was nominated in three categories for the German Academy Award (Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay). It went on to win the German Academy Award in Silver for Best Picture, as well as Best Director and Best Picture at the German Director’s Guild Awards.

His 8-part television series DEUTSCHLAND ’83 recently premiered to rave reviews on Sundance TV as the first German television show ever to air in the US. It won the award for Best International Drama Series at the renown Séries Mania Festival in Paris. It also sold to Canal+ in France, the Channel 4 in England, as well as to Scandinavia, Russia and many other territories.

Edward Berger lives and works in Berlin, Germany. From October 2015 to January 2016 he will be staying at the Villa Aurora in Los Angeles for a prestigious writing fellowship.

2015     Deutschland 83 (Director)

         • 8-part television series (director of ep. 1-5)

         • Best International Series at Séries Mania Festival, Paris

         • Berlin International Film Festival, Berlinale Special entry

2014     Jack (Writer / Director)

         • German Academy Award in Silver for Best Picture

         • Nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay

         • Winner of Best Director and Best Picture, German DGA Awards

         • Berlin International Film Festival, Competition entry

2012     Mutter Muss Weg, TV-Film (Director)

         • Nominated for the German Grimme Award

         • Winner of Best Actress, German SAG Awards

2011     A Good Summer (Writer / Director)

         • Winner of the German Grimme Award

2008     KDD (Writer / Director)

         • 12-part television series (writer / director of 4 episodes)

         • Winner of the German TV Award for Best Series

2006     Windland (Director)

2004     Welcome to the Club, TV-Film (Writer / Director)

2002     Asylum, TV-Film (Director)

         • Nominated for the International Emmy Award

         • Nominated for the German Grimme Award

2000     Female2 seeks HappyEnd (Writer / Director)

         • German Academy Award for Best Cinematography

         • Variety Award for Ten European Directors To Watch

1998     Gomez (Writer / Director)