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About Oliver Schmitz

Oliver Schmitz is a German/South African director who lives in Berlin Germany and works both in film and television as a director, writer, and producer.

Critic Rainer Tittelbach has called Schmitz "King of Comedy" for his various contributions to the comedy genre in Germany and the legendary Roger Ebert awarded him a Golden Thumb for his Oscar-shortlisted movie "Life Above All". Such is the broad range of his work.

In 2023 Schmitz restored his iconic Anti-Apartheid film MAPANTSULA, and it was showcased in Berlinale Classics at the Berlin Film Festival the same year, with works of David Cronenberg, Charlie Chaplin, and Stanley Kramer. He has made five movies for cinema, four of which have screened in official selection in Cannes - one being the Parisian omnibus film PARIS JE T’AIME (PLACE DES FETES) with fellow directors – the Coen brothers, Gus van Sant, Tom Tykwer and Alexander Payne amongst others. The other movies are all South African subjects, the previous of which, LIFE ABOVE ALL (GELIEBTES LEBEN/ LE SECRET DE CHANDA), made it onto the Oscars shortlist for best Foreign Film (2010) and won the jury prize at the Dubai International Film festival (2010), also winning the Francois Chalais award at Cannes, and the Audience award and Golden Alhambra nomination at the 2011 Granada Film festival.

SHEPHERDS AND BUTCHERS (2016) with Steve Coogan and Andrea Riseborough, premiered at the Berlinale 2016, where it won an audience award and Best Directing at the South African Film and Television Awards.

He also has an active television career, directing, amongst others, the award-winning comedy series TÜRKISCH FÜR ANFÄNGER(on Netflix) and DOCTOR’S DIARY, winning respectively, Best Series, at the German Television Awards, the German Comedy Award and the prestigious Grimme Prize twice. He directed the first episodes of the ZDF primetime comedy series DAS PUBERTIER(on Amazon Prime) and the pilot for popular RTL series, ST.MAIK( nominated for the German Comedy Prize).

He has worked with amongst others, Brendan Fraser, Andrea Riseborough, Steve Coogan, Elias Mbarek, Florian David Fitz and has projects in development with Vanessa Redgrave, Emily Beecham, Lashana Lynch and Tim Roth.

Known for

Fictional movies as director

YearTitleGenreDirectorProducerComment
2023Mord mit AussichtTV Series, ARD [de], WDR [de]MultipleClaussen+Putz Filmproduktion GmbH (formerly Claussen+Wöbke+Putz)
2022Die Heiland - Wir sind AnwaltTV Series, ARD [de]MultipleOlga Film GmbH
2021Marie Brand und der entsorgte MannTV-Movie (Series), ZDF [de]Oliver SchmitzWarner Bros. ITVP Deutschland GmbH
2021Die Heiland - Wir sind AnwaltTV Series, ARD [de]MultipleOlga Film GmbH
2020Klara Sonntag - Kleine Fische, große FischeTV-Movie (Series), ARD [de], Degeto [de]Oliver SchmitzGaumont GmbH [de]
2019ProfessionalsTV Series, ViaplayOliver SchmitzSaint Moon Hill Productions [za]
2018Jenny - echt gerecht!TV Series, RTL [de]MultipleITV Studios Germany Fiction GmbH (formerly Talpa Germany Fiction GmbH)
2018AmokspielTV Movie, SAT.1Oliver SchmitzTV60Filmproduktion GmbH
2017Von Fall zu Fall - Stubbe - Tod auf der InselTV-Movie (Series), ZDF [de]Oliver SchmitzPolyphon Film GmbH
2017Der Usedom-Krimi - GeisterschiffTV-Movie (Series), ARD [de], Degeto [de], NDR [de]Oliver SchmitzPolyphon Film GmbH
2017Das PubertierTV Series, ZDF [de]Oliver SchmitzUFA Fiction
2016Sankt MaikTV Series, RTL [de]Oliver SchmitzUFA Fiction
2016Liebling, lass die Hühner freiTV-Movie (Series), Degeto [de], WDR [de]Oliver SchmitzUFA Fiction
2016Familie mit HindernissenTV-Movie (Series), MDR [de], ORF [at]Oliver SchmitzAriane Krampe Filmproduktion
2016Lucie Marshall (Webserie)SeriesOliver SchmitzMaz & Movie GmbH [de]
2015Schandfleck - Der Usedom-KrimiTV-Movie (Series), ARD [de], Degeto [de], NDR [de]Oliver SchmitzRazor Film Produktion GmbH [de]
2015Shepherds and Butchers
Panorama, Berlinale
Feature FilmOliver SchmitzDistant Horizon [us]Panorama, Berlinale
2014Allein unter ÄrztenTV-Movie (Series), SAT.1Oliver SchmitzHager Moss Film GmbH
2014Reiff für die Insel - Katharina und der SchäferTV-Movie (Series), ARD [de]Oliver SchmitzNordfilm GmbH [de]
2014Frühling - Frühling in WeißTV-Movie (Series), ZDF [de]Oliver SchmitzUFA Fiction

Non-fictional movies as director

YearTitleGenreDirectorProducerComment
1996Jo'burg StoriesDocumentary, arteOliver SchmitzCatalyst Films [za]

Film awards

YearFilmAwardCategory 
2014Willkommen im ClubJupiter AwardBester TV-Spielfilm nationalNominated
2009Doctor’s Diary - Männer sind die beste MedizinAdolf-Grimme-PreisUnterhaltung (stellv. für Regie)Winner
2006Türkisch für AnfängerAdolf Grimme PreisUnterhaltungWinner
1998Jo'burg StoriesFestival Vues D'Afrique deMontréalPrix du DocumentaireWinner
1989MapantsulaEvangelischer FilmpreisKinofilmWinner
1989MapantsulaAustralian Human Rights AwardspielfilmWinner

Awards

YearAward
2023Rights Award Artfluence Diff Human Rights Award / Durban International Film Festival · MAPANTSULA 4K Restoration
2016Best Director, South African Film and Television Awards - Shepherds and Butchers
2016Panorama Publikumspreis - Shepherds and Butchers
2011Shortlist, Best Foreign film, Academy Awards - Life, Above All
2011Roger Ebert Award - Life Above All/Geliebtes Leben
2010Best Director, Best Script, South African Film and Television Awards - Life, Above All
2010Top Five Foreign Films - National Board of Review - Life Above All/Geliebtes Leben
2010Francois Chalais Preis Cannes - Life Above All/Geliebtes Leben
2010Muhr Asia Africa- Special Jury Prize - Life Above All/Geliebtes Leben
2008Best Series Deutscher Fernsehpreis - Doctor's Diary
2008German Comedy Prize - Doctor's Diary
2006Best Show Best Show - Deutscher Fernsehpreis - Türkisch für Anfänger
2002Bronze Tanit Bronze Tanit - Carthage Film Festival Cinema Africano - Hijack Stories

Basic data

NationalityGerman, South African
LanguagesDutchEnglishGermanZulu
Experience abroadAustralia and Oceania: New Zealand
Central Europe: Austria, Germany, Poland
North Africa: Morocco
South Africa: South Africa
Southern Europe: Italy
Western Europe: France, United Kingdom
Special skillsEditor, Writer, Director, Producer, Distributer
EducationBA FINE ARTS, University of Cape Town
(majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies)

Online (certified) studies in:
Psychology, Climatology, Primatology, Neurobiology of the brain and of sleep.
Preferred place of workGermany, South Africa, English-speaking countries
Immediate working areaBerlin
1st residence (federal state or country)Germany - Berlin
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