Cho Sung-hyung

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Cho Sung-hyung (* 1966 in Busan , South Korea ) is a German-Korean film director , film editor and professor.

Cho Sung-Hyung presents Schleswig-Holstein’s Prime Minister Peter Harry Carstensen with the T-shirt for the film “Full Metal Village”.

life and work

Cho Sung-hyung studied communication science in Seoul and came to Germany in 1990, where she studied art history, media studies and philosophy in Marburg . She worked as a freelance editor and led editing seminars at the Filmhaus Frankfurt and the SAE Institute .

Increasingly, she also directed documentaries and music video . Her documentary Full Metal Village was awarded the Max Ophüls Prize ; Other awards were the Hessian Film Prize , the Schleswig-Holstein Film Prize , the Gilde Filmkunstpreis and the DEFA Foundation's Prize for the Promotion of Young Talent .

Since the 2011/2012 winter semester, Cho has been Professor of Artistic Film / Moving Image at the Saar College of Fine Arts in Saarbrücken . Since 2018 she has been a member of the jury of the Federal Festival of Young Film .

For the purpose of her 2016 documentary My Brothers and Sisters in the North , she had to give up her South Korean citizenship and accept German citizenship, as the North Korean political system would otherwise not have given her entry or filming permits, and because South Korea punishes the trip of South Korean citizens to North Korea as treason.



  • 2001: Freudenhaus (short film feature film) - Director: Veit Helmer
  • 2003: Verirrte Eskimos (short film feature film) - Director: Ferdinand Barth
  • 2004: Parzifal in Isfahan (documentary) - Director: Bruno Schneider



  • 2006: Schleswig-Holstein Film Award for Full Metal Village
  • 2006: Hessian Film Award for Full Metal Village
  • 2007: Max Ophüls Prize for Full Metal Village
  • 2007: Gilde Film Award for Full Metal Village
  • 2007: Prize for the promotion of young artists from the DEFA Foundation

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Website of Cho Sung-hyung , website of the Saar College of Fine Arts ( memento of the original from March 16, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. . Retrieved January 18, 2012. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. Tobias Kessler: Festival “ready for film!” In St. Ingbert: From the flat share to space. Retrieved June 5, 2019 .
  3. The collective dances - The documentary "My brothers and sisters in the north" ( Memento from July 13, 2016 in the Internet Archive )
  4. Interview with Cho Sung-hyung Deutsche Welle, July 21, 2016
  5. Jenni Zylka: North Koreans in the GDR: When politics tore love apart . Spiegel Online , June 24, 2015.