Fred Breinersdorfer

Fred Breinersdorfer

Additional Names: Prof. Dr. Fred Breinersdorfer (Weiterer Name)
Regie, Drehbuch, Produzent
*1946 Mannheim

Biography

Fred Breinersdorfer was born in Mannheim on December 6, 1946. After studying law and sociology in Mainz and Tübingen, he worked as a lawyer in Stuttgart for seventeen years. In 1980, he published his first crime novel featuring the character of attorney-at-law Abel as protagonist. He went on the publish numerous more Abel stories as well as other fiction novel, and also founded his own media companies Factor and Delphi-Medien.

The script for the 1984 TV thriller "Zweierlei Blut" marked Fred Breinersdorfer's debut as a screenwriter, and from 1988 on, he adapted his own Abel novels for the successful TV series "Anwalt Abel". His script for the 1990 TV drama "Der Hammermörder", based on a real-life case Breinersdorfer previously covered in a book, became a critical success that garnered him a Grimme Award.

Throughout the 1990s, Breinersdorfer continued to write for television, and among his memorable works are the scripts for "Angst" (1994), "Zaubergirl" (1995), "Der Kindermord" (1997) and "Duell der Richter" (1999).

In 2001, he and director Marc Rothemund got rave reviews for the TV production "Die Hoffnung stirbt zuletzt" ("Hope Dies Last"), which won him another Grimme Award. In 2004, Rothemund and Breinersdorfer founded their production company Broth Film, through which they produced the feature film Sophie Scholl – Die letzten Tage" ("Sophie Scholl – The Final Days, 2004). The film, which chronicles the last days of German WWII resistance fighter Sophie Scholl who was murdered by the Nazi regime, was a critical and commercial success, went on to win numerous national and international awards, and was nominated as Best Foreign Language Film at the 2006 Academy Awards.

Together with his daughter Léonie-Claire Breinersdorfer, he next developed characters for a new branch of the popular "Tatort" TV series. In 2007, Breinersdorfer made his directorial debut with the short "Sommersonntag" ("Summer Sunday"), which won the Murnau Kurzfilmpreis. The same year, he directed the feature-length drama "Zwischen heute und morgen" (2007), and in 2009, he helmed the documentary "Andula - Besuch in einem anderen Leben" (2009), which he also co-wrote and produced.

Following the acclaimed TV production "Der verlorene Sohn" – again co-written by Léonie-Claire Breinersdorfer –, Breinersdorfer co-produced the theatrical releases  "Hilde" (2009), "Der Mann, der über Autos sprang" ("The Man Who Jumped Cars, 2010) and und "Wo es weh tut" (2010). After he and his daughter adapted the Henning Mankell novel "Der Chinese" for TV, Breinersdorfer wrote screenplays for the "Tatort" entries "Borowski und der freie Fall" (2012) and "Ein neues Leben" (2012).

Fred and Léonie Breinersdorfer again collaborated on the script for the feature film "Elser" (13 Minutes", 2015), which chronicles the failed attempt of Georg Elser to assassinate Adolf Hitler and received seven nominations at the German Film Awards. Breinersdorfer next wrote the screenplay for Hans Steinbichler's "Das Tagebuch der Anne Frank" (The Diary of Anne Frank, 2016), a dramatic adaptation of Anne Frank's diary that received mostly positive reviews upon its theatrical release.

In addition to his work as a writer, Breinersdorfer is an active member of several organizations, including VG Wort, PEN as well as the Deutsche Filmakademie. At the latter, he initiated the project "Filmmakers in Prison" in cooperation with Amnesty International and the Berlin IFF.

Fred Breinersdorfer lives in Berlin.

Filmography

2015/2016 Das Tagebuch der Anne Frank
Screenplay
 
2015/2016 Dimitrios Schulze
Screenplay
 
2014/2015 Elser
Screenplay, Producer
 
2012 Ein neues Leben
Screenplay
 
2010/2011 As Time Goes By
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
2010/2011 Der Chinese
Screenplay
 
2009/2010 Der Mann, der über Autos sprang
Co-Producer
 
2009-2011 Wo es weh tut
Co-Producer
 
2009 Andula - Besuch in einem anderen Leben
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
2008/2009 Der verlorene Sohn
Screenplay
 
2008/2009 Hilde
Screenplay
 
2007 Sommersonntag
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
2007 Zwischen heute und morgen
Director, Screenplay, Co-Producer
 
2006/2007 Die Anwältin
Screenplay
 
2006/2007 Der Tote vom Straßenrand
Screenplay
 
2006 Aus der Traum...
Screenplay
 
2005 Die Spielerin
Screenplay
 
2004-2006 Der schwedische Freund
Screenplay
 
2004 Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage
Screenplay, Producer
 
2004 Grüße aus Kaschmir
Screenplay
 
2003/2004 Die Spieler
Screenplay
 
2003/2004 Teufelskreis
Screenplay
 
2003 Der Schächter
Screenplay
 
2003 Sonne und Sturm
Screenplay
 
2003 Rotkäppchen
Screenplay
 
2001 Gewaltfieber
Screenplay
 
2001 Die Hoffnung stirbt zuletzt
Screenplay
 
2000 Quartett in Leipzig
Screenplay
 
2000 Tödliches Verlangen
Screenplay
 
2000 Das Geheimnis der Zeugin
Screenplay
 
2000 Der Voyeur und das Mädchen
Director
 
1999 Einsatz in Leipzig
Screenplay
 
1999 Mordfieber
Screenplay
 
1998 Jagdfieber
Screenplay
 
1997 Die Spur des Mädchenräubers
Screenplay
 
1996/1997 Der Kindermord
Screenplay
 
1996/1997 Jagd nach CM 24
Screenplay
 
1996 Das schmutzige Dutzend
Screenplay
 
1996 Schneefieber
Screenplay
 
1995 Ein Richter in Angst
Screenplay
 
1993/1994 Angst
Screenplay
 
1992 Das tödliche Auge
Screenplay
 
1989/1990 Der Hammermörder
Screenplay, based on