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Peter Sehr (born June 10, 1951 in Bad König , Hesse ; † May 8, 2013 in Munich ) was a German film director and an important representative of German auteur films .


Peter Sehr studied physics and chemistry at the ETH Zurich from 1970 to 1974 . In his diploma thesis he dealt with the use of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy in biological systems under the direction of Kurt Wüthrich ( Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2002) . After receiving his diploma, he traveled to South America for a year .

From 1975 to 1979 his doctorate he in Biophysics at Merton College of the University of Oxford . The subject of his doctoral thesis in the group of George Radda was the use of magnetic resonance , which is now used in magnetic resonance imaging. While at Oxford, he directed the University Film Society and made his first short films He May Have Cut His Throat , To Shoot a Bicycle and A Group of People .

In 1980, Sehr went to Paris and worked as a research fellow at the Institut Curie for a further two years in biophysics. In parallel to his research, he began to work as an assistant director .

In 1988, Sehr founded P'Artisan Filmproduktion GmbH with his wife Marie Noëlle in Munich . His first feature film Und nicht ein Tohuwabohu , a fictional documentary, was made in the same year. In 1991, the film The Serbian Girl followed , which was nominated for the Federal Film Prize as “Best Film” and received several awards at foreign festivals.

Sehr's feature film Kaspar Hauser - Verbrechen am Seelenleben eines Menschen (1993) was awarded three gold tapes at the Federal Film Prize (Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor) and won several international film awards. His next film, Obsession (1997), a Franco-German co-production, was shot in Berlin, France and at Niagara Falls . This film was also nominated for the German Federal Film Prize as “Best Film” and invited to the Sundance Festival. Love The Hard Way (2001) was shot in New York and co-produced by Sehr. The film received the Silver Leopard in Locarno in 2001 ; Sehr got the Bavarian Film Award for “Best Director” (2002).

In 2002, Sehr produced the film Birkenau and Rosenfeld by Marceline Loridan-Ivens in Auschwitz and Paris , for which she received the Peace Prize of German Film - Die Brücke at the Munich Film Festival . In 2008, Sehr and Marie Noëlle received the same award for directing the German-Spanish-French coproduction The Anarchist's Wife , which follows the path of a young woman (played by María Valverde ) during the Spanish Civil War , World War II and the Franco dictatorship traces.

In 1989, Sehr began teaching at the University of Television and Film in Munich and in 1998 at the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy in Ludwigsburg . Since autumn 2001, Sehr has been leading the German branch of the joint masterclass of young European producers at the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy and La fémis together with Jan Schütte . In addition, since 2001 he has been managing the Arri-Kino in Munich, which is a member of Europa Cinemas , together with his wife, the film distributor Christoph Ott and the director Dagmar Hirtz .

In 2002, together with Daniel Toscan du Plantier , Brigitte Sauzay and Margaret Ménégoz, the association Das Franco-German Filmtreffen was founded, the aim of which is to strengthen cooperation between the two film industries and the exchange of films between the two countries. Peter Sehr was most recently Vice President there.

In 2003, Sehr was one of the founding members of the German Film Academy . He was also a member of the Franco-German and European Film Academy , as well as Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres . He lived in Munich- Schwabing and Paris.

For years, Sehr wrote together with Hans Magnus Enzensberger on the script for a film about Georg Christoph Lichtenberg .

The very last feature film as a screenwriter and director was a film about Ludwig II of Bavaria . Ludwig II was shown in German cinemas in 2012.

Peter Sehr died on May 8, 2013 of complications from a glioblastoma .


Individual evidence

  1. Peter Sehr in the Munzinger archive , accessed on March 12, 2014 ( beginning of article freely accessible)
  2. "Kaspar Hauser" director Peter Sehr died ; May 11th, 2013.
  3. ^ Bernhard Wicki Film Prize awarded , June 27, 2008, accessed on October 24, 2013.
  4. No chance at the bitter end in FAZ of December 28, 2012, page 29.

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