David Schalko

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David Schalko at a reading in 2017

David Schalko (born January 17, 1973 in Waidhofen an der Thaya , Lower Austria ) is an Austrian director , author and developer of television programs.

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Born in Waidhofen an der Thaya, David Schalko grew up in Vienna . He applied for the Reinhardt Seminar , but was not accepted. Subsequently, in 1991, he began studying at the Vienna University of Economics and Business without any particular motivation - “ because my father is a banker, business management was an obvious choice. [...] I studied it until there was an opportunity to quit - that was the TV show 'Zap' on Vienna 1 . “Before that he published his first book, the volume of poetry Bluterguss und Herzinfarkt (1995 at Kubus, Vienna). Authors like Werner Schwab and HC Artmann , whom he also knew personally, were interesting points of reference for him at the time.

Through personal contacts he got the opportunity in 1996/97 to write the concept and screenplay for Zap and Die Hausfreunde as well as to direct. The moderator of Zap was Robert Palfrader , whom Schalko got to know as a "regular guest" at Café Torberg, where Palfrader was the host at the time.

Then, from 1998, Schalko worked as a freelance copywriter and director. During this time he wrote his first novel, Breakfast in Helsinki , which did not appear until 2006 - " which is much too late for a juvenile work, " says Schalko. He also made music videos and became a sex columnist for the women's magazine Wienerin in 2000 . After that, he returned to television. The show without a name , conceived by him in 2002, won the Golden Romy in 2003 and a prize at the Input television festival in Barcelona. The following year, the show was a finalist at the New York Television Award and a finalist at the Rose d'Or in Lucerne.

In 2003, Schalko staged the play Disco ergo sum in Theater Gruppe 80 together with Amina Handke . He was also responsible for another weekly broadcast on ORF : Sunshine Airlines . In 2004 he designed Undercover for ORF. He co-directed the movie Nitro with Mike Majzen , which was shown in theaters from May 2006. Dröhmer also published a number of short stories in various anthologies.

In 2005 he shot the television film Heaven as part of the 8 × 45 series , in which Josef Hader played the leading role. He is also directing the recording of Josef Hader's cabaret program “Hader muss weg”. In March of the following year, the series Kupetzky ran on ORF , the author of which was David Schalko. In April 2006 his play Böheimkirchen Euphorie premiered at the Vienna Rabenhof Theater . In November 2006 Schalko also broke new ground in advertising: the feature film Dad's Dead , commissioned by Media Markt , which was distributed as a free giveaway in the markets and was sold out throughout Austria within a few days, was considered a pioneering project also attracted attention at international advertising festivals. In the same year, Schalko founded the production company Superfilm together with John Lueftner and Andreas Payer .

In 2007 Schalko directed again on Austrian television. The political satire series Die 4 da with Erwin Steinhauer , Florian Scheuba , Thomas Maurer and Rupert Henning looked for a new genre every week. Since May 2007 Schalko's company Superfilm has been producing the late-night show Willkommen Österreich, which he designed . In the fall of 2007, the short story book we let us go .

In 2008, Schalko developed the mockumentary Das Wunder von Wien: We are European champions on the occasion of the European Football Championship 2008 in Austria and Switzerland . Schalko himself directed the fictional TV documentary in which Austria became European champion. The film was awarded the Golden Romy in 2009.

In autumn 2009 his novel White Night was published , in which a naive young man falls under the spell of a charismatic politician (alluding to Jörg Haider , who died in a solo accident on October 11, 2008 ). The work was interpreted by critics as a “parable on the shift to the right in Austria”. According to Schalko, the main character is modeled after Stefan Petzner . Petzner sued the Czernin-Verlag, in which the book was published, for alleged violation of his personal rights, but failed. His appeal to the Higher Regional Court in Vienna was also unsuccessful. White Night has also been released as an audio book on CD, read by Christian Kracht .

In 2009 Schalko wrote and shot the two-part Aufschneider together with Josef Hader . In 2010 Schalko received the Golden Romy in the “Best Director” category. In 2013 Aufschneider was nominated for the Grimme Prize . 2010 filmed Schalko the novel How to live by Thomas Glavinic , who started off in theaters 2011th The film, which he wrote with Thomas Maurer, is set in the student milieu of the 90s. The experimental narrative style, which mixes different narrative styles in a very associative way, polarized very strongly and was not received very positively by the critics. In 2011 Schalko also shot the mini-series Braunschlag . The series about the fictitious apparition of Mary in a dilapidated Waldviertel village ran for the first time on ORF from September to November 2012 and reached around one million viewers on Tuesdays. Braunschlag ran at the international Cologne Conference in the category “10 most important works worldwide”, was nominated at the Rose d'Or in the category “Best Sitcom” and received the “Special Jury Prize” at the Austrian film and television award Romy .

In 2013 his novel Knoi was published , which was received differently by the critics.

In 2014 David Schalko married the film editor Evi Romen , with whom he has two daughters.

In the same year he shot the eight-part Altes Geld for ORF. The series was first released on DVD in March 2015. The shooting was overshadowed by the death of the main actor Gert Voss . Old money is the second part of the "Greed Trilogy". While the reviews in the German feuilleton were consistently euphoric (“Old Money is the meanest, funniest, best series since Helmut Dietl,” wrote Die Welt , for example ), TV broadcasting on ORF turned into a quota run. In 2015, ITV Studios in Los Angeles acquired the remake rights to Old Money . Von Braunschlag is also working on a US adaptation for the ABC Network.

In 2015 Schalko's Singspiel Kimberly premiered at the Schauspiel Köln .

In Thomas Glavinic's novel The Jonas Complex, Schalko is one of the narrator's best friends - although he does not see it often.

In 2016 he made the television film Höhenstraße as a Viennese contribution to the ORF land crime series , which deals with the current issue of racism and immigration in a very polarizing way.

In 2017, the television film Toulouse was made for Hessischer Rundfunk, directed by Michael Sturminger . It is based on the play of the same name by Schalko, which premiered on October 2, 2018 in the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden . The Austrian premiere followed on April 11, 2019 in the Theater in der Josefstadt .

In April 2018, Schalko published the novel Heavy Bones . The fictional story takes place in the post-war period and is about four criminals from the Dachau and Mauthausen concentration camps who split up the underworld of Vienna after the war.

At the beginning of 2018 he shot " M - Eine Stadt sucht ein Mörder ", a remake of the Fritz Lang classic M (1931) for television, which celebrated its world premiere at the 2019 Berlinale .


Director | Screenplay | concept

Television broadcasts

Short films

  • 1998: The Letter (with Alf Poier | Director)
  • 2006: Heaven (episode of the television series 8 × 45 , 45 min | screenplay, director)
  • 2007: Dad's Dead (commercial, 40 min | screenplay, idea)

Feature films

Television films




Prose and poetry


  • 2003: Austrian Television Award ( Golden Romy ) | Most innovative program concept for show without a name
  • 2004: Austrian Television Award ( Golden Romy ) | Best production for Sunshine Airlines
  • 2005: Austrian Adult Education TV Prize for Dorfers Donnerstalk
  • 2006: Erich Neuberg Prize | Best director for Dorfers Donnerstalk
  • 2006: Thomas-Pluch screenplay award for Heaven
  • 2007: New York Film Festival | Bronze medal for Kupetzky
  • 2009: Austrian Television Award ( Golden Romy ) | Best documentary for Das Wunder von Wien: We are European champions
  • 2010: Erich Neuberg Prize | Best director of an ORF film for braggart
  • 2010: "Golden Olive" at TV Festival Bar | Best film, best actor, best script for braggart
  • 2010: Austrian Television Award ( Golden Romy ) | Best director for braggart
  • 2012: Cologne Conference | 10 most important works worldwide for Braunschlag
  • 2013: Indie Fest California | Awards of merit: Best leading role, television & humor for Braunschlag
  • 2013: Accolade Film Competition | Awards of Excellence: Television & Leading actor for Braunschlag
  • 2013: Austrian Television Award ( Golden Romy ) | Special jury award for Braunschlag
  • 2015: Cologne Conference | Best fictional contribution for old money
  • 2016: New York Television & Film Awards | Best Mini-Series for Old Money
  • 2016: Honorary Award of the Vienna Environmental Protection Department | Green producing for Höhenstrasse
  • 2016: 13th Sichuan TV Festival in Chengdu ( International Gold Panda Award) | Best camera for your old money
  • 2017: Wiesbaden Crime Festival | German television crime prize for Höhenstrasse

Web links

Commons : David Schalko  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d Wolfgang Kralicek, Klaus Nüchtern: Pathologist is a nice job. Interview with David Schalko, Falter 14/10, April 7, 2010, p. 24
  2. taz.de
  3. Die Presse : David Schalk (sic!): With the silver rocket into the sun , October 10, 2009
  4. David Schalko: Laughing with Petzner - Thank you for the lawsuit! , The Standard , February 18, 2010
  5. Der Standard : A Black Karl May Novel , September 24, 2009
  6. profile No. 3, volume 41, January 18, 2010, p. 15
  7. ^ Ralf Leonhard: Legal dispute in Austria - Petzner does not want to be a character in a novel , February 1, 2010, taz.de
  8. Report by the daily newspaper Die Presse on the Petzner vs. Czernin publishing house. ( Memento from February 23, 2010 in the Internet Archive )
  9. Kleine Zeitung: Petzner failed again with lawsuit against Schalko ( Memento from October 4, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  10. http://www.wdr5.de/sendung/buecher-das-wdr-5-literaturmagazin/s/d/13.03.2010-22.05.html
  11. David Schalko Knoi on perlentaucher.de, accessed on October 13, 2014
  12. David Schalko got married ( Memento from December 25, 2016 in the Internet Archive ). Article dated September 29, 2014, accessed December 25, 2016.
  13. Th. Glavinic: The Jonas Complex. Frankfurt a. M. 2016. p. 561.
  14. Program 2018/19 of the Hessian State Theater Wiesbaden (accessed on April 12, 2019)
  15. Christina Böck: Toulouse in the Josefstadt: Flirt of hostilities. Retrieved May 15, 2019 (Austrian German).
  16. Britta Schmeis: Krimi-Groteske: Das KZ, the nursery of Austria . In: Spiegel Online . May 17, 2018 ( spiegel.de [accessed April 23, 2019]).
  17. ^ Sebastian Fasthuber: Ganovenroman by David Schalko: Sympathy for the neck stitch . In: The daily newspaper: taz . June 19, 2018, ISSN  0931-9085 ( taz.de [accessed October 14, 2019]).
  18. World premiere for Schalko's ORF series event “M - A City Seeks a Murderer” at the Berlinale 2019. Accessed on March 18, 2019 .
  19. 'Welcome Austria' inventors start late night for Bavaria with good rates . Article dated December 2, 2016, accessed August 20, 2017.
  20. Bayerischer Rundfunk: New literary program: Gottschalk reads? February 7, 2019, accessed April 11, 2019 .
  21. "Old Money" and "Universe" awarded in China. November 8, 2015, accessed April 11, 2019 .