Andreas Köhler (cameraman)

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Andreas Koehler

Andreas Köhler (* 1974 in Wernigerode ) is a German cameraman , film director and screenwriter .


Andreas Köhler first completed a law degree at the University of Potsdam between 1994 and 1998 , before studying film and television cameras at the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences in 2001 and graduating in 2006 with a diploma. For his 2001 film Curiosity kills the Cat , he received the Saxony-Anhalt Youth Video Prize in 2001. The short film The Invisible , made in the 4th semester at the ifs , is based on a short story by Alberto Moravia . Angela Roy played the title role of a woman who only realizes in death that she was invisible to her husband. As a graduation film in the camera department at the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences, Köhler presented the film Still Life in 2005 . Two sisters return to their parents' house after years after the father committed suicide and the mother no longer wants to live. This has disastrous consequences.

For Niko von Glasow's documentary NoBody's Perfect , which deals with people who have been harmed by Contergan and was awarded the German Film Prize in the category “Best Documentary” in 2009, Köhler was just as behind the camera as before for Still Life (2006) and Pietas (2007), both of whom were nominated for the German Camera Prize. Other productions in which Köhler was involved were the movies Maria an Callas (2006), Code 21 (2008) and Sascha (2010). The critic Rainer Tittelbach considered the film Kado for Code 21 by Melanie Andernach and Köhler to be the "most accomplished". He shows "how the fear of foreigners, which has increased since September 11th ('Didn't the man look Arabic?') Can grow into horror".

For the report Here and Today: Der Kohlenmann (2012), which accompanies a coal trader on his last tour through his hometown, Köhler was awarded the German Camera Prize. The jury justified this as follows: “Andreas Köhler succeeds in capturing the reduced world of the 'coal man' authentically with his camera without harming his dignity. By restricting himself to the natural resources available in terms of lighting and camera technology, he establishes his own visual language that convincingly leads through the film. "

For the feature film Wir Monster , released in 2015 , Köhler stood in front of the camera. The film focuses on the separation of a couple, played by Mehdi Nebbou and Ulrike C. Tscharre , who not only sets off an avalanche for their pubescent daughter Sarah , played by Janina Fautz , which becomes independent. For the tragic comedy Sister White with Željka Preksavec and Lisa Martinek from 2015, which was mainly set in the monastery, Köhler worked again with Dennis Todorović as well as in the feature film Sascha . The film is about mourning, faith and forgiveness.

For the joint work with Ifs graduate Melanie Andernach in the film Global Family (2018), Köhler was awarded the Max Ophüls Film Festival Prize in the “Best Documentary” category. The jury's reasoning stated, among other things: “If a documentary film deals with a socially highly relevant topic that it develops through its protagonists in such a way that it makes it impossible for viewers to break out of empathy, then the filmmakers have achieved something that is generally thought of expected from a good feature film. ”The film deals with the future fate of people who leave their homeland - for whatever reasons.

For the documentary Dark Eden - Der Albtraum vom Erdöl , Köhler worked again with Melanie Andernach, who produced the film. It tells the story of the Canadian city of Fort McMurray , where people come from all over the world, always on the lookout for a quick buck, ignoring the dangers of the brew, boiled with toxic chemicals, ending up in a huge artificial lake.

Filmography (selection)


  • 2001: Youth Video Award Saxony-Anhalt for the film Curiosity kills the Cat


  • 2004: Nominated for the Golden Tadpole with the film The Invisible
  • 2006: Nominated for the German Camera Prize for the film Still Life
  • 2007: Nominated for the German Camera Prize with the film Pietas
  • 2012: Awarded the German Camera Prize for the report Here and Today - The Coal Man
  • 2019: Award at the Max Ophüls film festival for the film Global Family in the "Best Documentary" category

Web links

Individual evidence

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  2. Andreas Köhler see page
  3. ^ Rainer Tittelbach : Talents with Televisionen In: Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung , March 26, 2008.
    Accessed on September 27, 2019.
  4. 22nd German Camera Prize awarded see page
  5. “Global Family” named “Best Documentary” see page
  6. Global Family see page
  7. The (Alb) dream of oil see page