Harun Farocki

Harun Farocki

Additional Names: Harun Faroghi (Geburtsname); Rosa Merzedes (Pseudonym)
Darsteller, Regie, Drehbuch, Kamera, Schnitt, Sonstiges, Produzent
*09.01.1944 Neutitschein (Nový Jičín), Tschechien; †30.07.2014 in der Nähe von Berlin

Biography

Harun Farocki was born January 9, 1944 in Neutitischein (Czechoslovakia) as the son of the Indian Qudus Faroqui and his wife Lili Faroqui, née Draugelattis. After several stays abroad, he took residence in Berlin in 1962. Here, he obtained his university-entrance diploma and studied dramatics, sociology and journalism. In 1966, he enrolled at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb). In 1968, he was temporarily suspended for political reasons alongside 18 fellow students, including Hartmut Bitomsky, Wolfgang Petersen and Holger Meins.

Farocki, who started directing his own movies in 1966, caused quite a stir with early works such as "Die Worte des Vorsitzenden" (1967) und "Nicht löschbares Feuer" ("The Inextinguishable Fire", 1969). Critics praised "Nicht löschbares Feuer" as "intelligent and precise". Klaus Kreimeier called it the "most important agitprop movie of the anti-Vietnam War movement". Others, however, dismissed the film as a "Marxist agitprop piece". Ever since, Farocki has been working both behind and in front of the camera. His movies defy traditional genres. He switches between experimental films, documentaries and essay films, in which the director’s presence as well as his attitude always remains perceptible.

Since 1972, Farocki is also working as a writer. In 1973, he became an editor for the magazine "Filmkritik". When the publication was cancelled in 1984, Farocki claimed that the magazine had failed financially because it wrote about movies "without telling the audience what to think of the movies". Besides his work as a lecturer, Farocki also worked for radio and television. During the 1970s, he produced small pieces for the German version of "Sesame Street". Furthermore, he worked at the theater: Alongside Hanns Zischler, he co-directed Heiner Müller’s stage plays "Die Schlacht" and "Traktor" in Basel in 1976.

Subsequently, he directed features for film and television such as "Zwischen zwei Kriegen" (1978), "Etwas wird sichtbar" (1980-1982), "Wie man sieht" (1986), "Der Ausdruck der Hände" (1997), "Gefängnisbilder" (1999/2000), and "Erkennen und Verfolgen" ("War at a Distance", 2002/2003), with which he established himself as one of the most distinguished contemporary documentary filmmakers.

Starting with "Pilotinnen" (1995), Harun Farocki has also worked on every movie of Christian Petzold. In 1993, he became a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Since 2000, he also teaches at the Berlin University of the Arts. In 2003, "War at a Distance" was awarded the Special Prize of the Jury at the Film Festival Locarno.

In 2004, the documentary "Nicht ohne Risiko" follows the attempts of a company to find investors for a new project. Farocki went on to produce documentaries "Die Hochzeitsfabrik" (2005) and "Ich gehe jetzt rein" made by Aysun Bademsoy, and presented his video installation "Deep Play" at the 12th documenta in Kassel. "Zum Vergleich", a documentary about the different ways bricks are produced today in industrialized and developing countries, premiered at the 2009 Berlinale Forum and was awarded the ARTE-Dokumentarpreis at the 2009 Duisburger Filmwoche.

Harun Farocki died July 30 2014 near Berlin.

Filmography

2014/2015 Das Wetter in geschlossenen Räumen
Script editor
 
2013/2014 Phoenix
Co-author
 
2013 Sauerbruch Hutton Architekten
Director, Screenplay
 
2012 Ein neues Produkt
Director
 
2011/2012 Harun Farocki präsentiert: La Verifica Incerta
Director
 
2011/2012 Barbara
Co-author
 
2010/2011 Etwas Besseres als den Tod
Script editor
 
2008/2009 Zum Vergleich
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
2008 Ich gehe jetzt rein
Producer
 
2008 Jerichow
Script editor
 
2007 Memories - Jeonju Digital Project 2007
Director
 
2007 Aufschub
Director, Screenplay, Editing, Producer
 
2007 Übertragung
Director, Director of photography, Producer
 
2006/2007 Yella
Script editor
 
2005/2006 Am Rand der Städte
Producer
 
2005 Aufstellung
Director, Screenplay
 
2004/2005 Die Hochzeitsfabrik
Producer
 
2004/2005 Dokumentarisch arbeiten: Harun Farocki im Gespräch mit Christoph Hübner
Participation
 
2004/2005 Gespenster
Screenplay, Script editor
 
2004 Nicht ohne Risiko
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
2003 Auge/Maschine III
Director, Story
 
2002/2003 Erkennen und Verfolgen
Director, Screenplay, Commentary, Director of photography, Producer
 
2002/2003 Wolfsburg
Script editor
 
2002-2005 Wer ist Helene Schwarz?
Participation
 
2001 Starbuck Holger Meins
Participation
 
2001 Toter Mann
Script editor
 
2001 Auge/Maschine
Director, Screenplay, Editing, Producer
 
2001 Die Schöpfer der Einkaufswelten
Director
 
2001 Auge/Maschine II
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
2000 Die innere Sicherheit
Screenplay
 
1999/2000 Gefängnisbilder
Voice, Director, Screenplay, Commentary, Producer
 
1999/2000 Deutsche Polizisten
Producer
 
1998 Die kritische Masse
Participation
 
1998 Worte und Spiele
Director, Screenplay
 
1997/1998 Die Beischlafdiebin
Co-author
 
1997 Der Ausdruck der Hände
Participation, Voice, Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1997 Stilleben
Director, Screenplay, Editing, Producer
 
1997 Nach dem Spiel
Producer
 
1997 Dokumentarfilmzeit: Arbeit mit Bildern
Participation
 
1996 Der Auftritt
Director, Screenplay, 2nd Camera unit, Producer
 
1996 Die Sache mit der Realität. Eine Collage über den Dokumentarfilm.
Participation
 
1995/1996 Cuba Libre
Script editor
 
1995 Schnittstelle
Participation, Voice, Director, Screenplay, Commentary, Producer
 
1995 Arbeiter verlassen die Fabrik
Voice, Director, Screenplay, Commentary, Producer
 
1994/1995 Pilotinnen
Script editor
 
1994 Die führende Rolle
Voice, Director, Screenplay
 
1993 Ein Tag im Leben des Endverbrauchers
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1992 Videogramme einer Revolution
Director, Screenplay, Commentary, Producer
 
1992 Das warme Geld
Script editor
 
1991 Was ist los?
Director, Screenplay, Interviews, Editing, Producer
 
1990 Leben - BRD
Director, Screenplay, Editing, Producer
 
1989 Image und Umsatz oder: Wie kann man einen Schuh darstellen
Director, Screenplay
 
1989 Umbra Vitae
Director
 
1988 Kinostadt Paris
Director, Screenplay
 
1988 Georg K. Glaser - Schriftsteller und Schmied
Director, Screenplay, Editing, Producer
 
1988 Bilder der Welt und Inschrift des Krieges
Director, Screenplay, Editing, Producer
 
1987 Ziele: Die Schulung
Director, Screenplay
 
1987 Bilderkrieg
Director
 
1986 Wie man sieht
Director, Screenplay, Commentary, Interviews, Editing, Producer
 
1986 Schlagworte-Schlagbilder
Director, Screenplay
 
1985 Betrogen
Director, Screenplay
 
1984 Das doppelte Gesicht: Peter Lorre
Director, Producer
 
1983 Jean-Marie Straub und Danièle Huillet bei der Arbeit an einem Film nach Franz Kafkas Romanfragment "Amerika"
Director, Screenplay, Commentary, Editing, Producer
 
1983 Ein Bild
Director, Screenplay, Editing, Producer
 
1983 Klassenverhältnisse
Cast
 
1980-1982 Etwas wird sichtbar
Cast, Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1979/1980 Henry Angst
Cast
 
1979 17.6.79 Zur Ansicht: Peter Weiss
Director, Editing, Producer
 
1979 Der Geschmack des Lebens
Director, Director of photography, Producer
 
1979 Time to love
Director
 
1978 Zwischen zwei Kriegen
Cast, Voice, Director, Screenplay, based on, Editing, Producer
 
1978 Häuser
Director
 
1977/1978 Industrie-Fotografie
Director
 
1976 Die Schlacht. Szenen aus Deutschland
Director
 
1976 Es stirbt allerdings ein Jeder
Participation
 
1975 Erzählen
Cast, Director, Screenplay, Editing, Producer
 
1974/1975 Kampf um ein Kind
Cast
 
1974 Die Arbeit mit Bildern
Director, Screenplay
 
1974 Moderatoren
Director
 
1974 Plakatmaler
Director, Producer
 
1973 Brunner ist dran. Frei nach Baudelaire
Director
 
1972 Make Up
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1971 Eine Sache, die sich versteht. 15 mal
Director
 
1970 Zum Begriff des 'kritischen Kommunismus' bei Antonio Labriola (1843-1904)
Cast
 
1969/1970 Die Teilung aller Tage
Director, Screenplay
 
1969 Nicht löschbares Feuer
Participation, Director, Screenplay, Editing, Producer
 
1969 Wie nimmt man einem Polizisten den Helm ab
Director
 
1969 Nixon kommt nach Berlin
Director
 
1968/1969 Die Rote Fahne
Director
 
1968/1969 Erziehung zum Untertan
Miscellaneous
 
1968 Ihre Zeitungen
Participation, Director, Screenplay, Editing
 
1968 White Christmas
Director, Screenplay
 
1968 Drei Schüsse auf Rudi
Director, Producer
 
1968 Ohne Titel oder: Wanderkino für Ingenieurstudenten
Director, Screenplay
 
1967/1968 Brecht die Macht der Manipulateure
Miscellaneous, Consultant
 
1967 Die Worte des Vorsitzenden
Cast, Director, Screenplay
 
1967 Der Wahlhelfer
Director, Screenplay
 
1967 Farocki dreht
Participation
 
1966 Jeder ein Berliner Kindl
Director, Screenplay, Director of photography, Editing