Villa Aurora Grant Recipients | 2023

Jan, Feb, Mar

Sandra Wollner | Film director, Screenwriter

Sandra Wollner | Image: Privat
Sandra Wollner | Image: Privat

Sandra Wollner, born 1983 in Leoben, Austria, studied documentary filmmaking at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. THE IMPOSSIBLE PICTURE, her first feature, won multiple awards across the globe, most notably the German Film Critics Association Award 2018 and the Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award. Her second feature THE TROUBLE WITH BEING BORN premiered at the 70. Berlinale in the Encounters Section where it took the Special Jury Price.

Project Description
Sandra Wollner will work on her next 90-minute feature film in Los Angeles. The film exists in rough outlines and image ideas but as a continuation of her previous cinematic work, it intends to balance the fine line between surrealistic drama and credible figurine cinema. 

2020 | THE TROUBLE WITH BEING BORN (Director/Screeplay, feature film)
2016 | DAS UNMÖGLICHE BILD / THE IMPOSSIBLE PICTURE (Director/Screeplay, feature film)

Awards (Selection)
2022 | German Film Critics Award - Best Feature
2021 | Austrian Film Award Best Director/Best Feature
2020 | 70. Berlinale - Encounters- special jury award
2020 | Romy - Best Feature
2020 | Outstanding Artist Award (Austria)
2019 | Förderpreis für Filmkunst (Nationalgalerie & German Film Academy)
2019 | German Film Critics Award - Best Feature
2017 | Förderpreis neues deutsches Kino