Matti Geschonneck

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Matti Geschonneck (left) at the Grimme Awards 2013

Matti Geschonneck (born May 8, 1952 in Potsdam ) is a German director .


Matti Geschonneck is the son of the actor Erwin Geschonneck (named after his role "Matti" in Mr. Puntila and his servant Matti ) and half-brother of the author Alexander Geschonneck . He grew up with his mother, the actress Hannelore Wüst , and his stepfather, the documentarist Gerhard Scheumann , in Berlin .

He studied directing for four years at the State Institute for Cinematography (WGIK) in Moscow . He was recalled from his studies and struck out as a SED member because he had not distanced himself from Wolf Biermann's expatriation. He has lived in Germany since 1978.

He initially worked as assistant director to Thomas Langhoff , Eberhard Fechner and Diethard Klante. In 1991 he shot his first feature film, Moebius , then several episodes of the crime series Tatort with Günter Lamprecht . 1995 came with the film Matulla and Busch based on a script by Ulrich Plenzdorf for the only collaboration with his father Erwin Geschonneck, who said goodbye to film with this comedy.

After years of exclusively television work, he made his second feature film in 2009. Boxhagener Platz , based on a novel by Torsten Schulz . It had its world premiere at the Berlinale 2010 as part of the Special series . Also at the Berlinale in 2017, his feature film In Times of Waning Light, based on the novel by Eugen Ruge and a script by Wolfgang Kohlhaase, was premiered. Matti Geschonneck is a member of the European Film Academy.

He is married to the German actress and director Ina Weisse .

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  1. 49th Grimme Prize 2013 - The End of a Night (ZDF). In: Retrieved April 15, 2019 .
  2. The winners of the 2015 Rockie Awards: Category Made for TV Movie ( Memento from June 10, 2015 on WebCite )