Judith Kaufmann

Judith Kaufmann

Drehbuch, Kamera
*20.09.1962 Stuttgart

Biography

Born in Stuttgart on September 20, 1962, Judith Kaufmann spent most of her childhood in Berlin. She took an interest in photography at an early age and was accepted at the Staatliche Fachschule für Foto, Optik und Film (state college for photography, optics and film) in Berlin – better known as the SFOF – after graduating from secondary school. After working as camera assistant to cinematographer Konrad Kotowski on Thomas Brasch's film "Domino" in 1982, her focus shifted to camera work in film.

Kaufmann gained experience on numerous film and television productions, working as a camera assistant for about ten years – with Gernot Roll, Raoul Coutard, and Heinz Pehlke, among others – before first being hired as director of photography in 1991. She was responsible for the second camera on Wim Wenders' "In weiter Ferne, so nah" (Faraway, So Close!) (cinematographer: Jürgen Jürges) in 1992.

Judith Kaufmann has already received a number of awards for her work. In 2003 she was awarded the Bavarian Film Prize for "Elefantenherz" ("Elephant Heart") and the German Camera Prize for "Scherbentanz" ("Shattered Glass"). Her work in "Fremde Haut" ("Unveiled") was recognized with the Film Prize of the State of Hesse in 2005, and her overall achievements were honored with the Marburg Camera Prize in 2006.

The same year, Chris Kraus' acclaimed and multiple award-winning drama "Vier Minuten" ("Four Minutes") was released in Germany. For her work on the film, Kaufmann received her first nomination for the German Film Award. On the road movie "Vivere" (2007) and the much-discussed TV thriller "Wem Ehre gebührt" (2007) she again collaborated with "Fremde Haut"-director Angelina Maccarone. Kaufmann's penchant for films with political relevance was also evident in her next projects: "Feuerherz" ("Heart of Fire", 2008) deals with the fate of African child soldiers, "Ihr könnt Euch niemals sicher sein" (2008) is the story of a teenager who is suspected of having homicidal tendencies, and "Die Fremde" ("When We Leave", 2010) shows how a young Turkish woman living in Berlin is crushed by her conservative family's restrictive rules and oppressive traditions. Her innovative photography in "Die Fremde" garnered Kaufmann the Award of German Film Critics and the German Camera Award.

She then worked on Jo Baier's "Das Ende ist mein Anfang" ("The End is My Beginning", 2010), the movie adaptation of the memoirs of a Southeast-Asia correspondent working for German news magazine "Der Spiegel". Following Andres Veiel's "Wer wenn nicht wir" ("If Not Us, Who?", 2011), a film about Bernward Vesper and his fateful relationship to Gudrun Ensslin, Kaufmann once more was DoP in a Maccarone film: "Charlotte Rampling: The Look" (2012) is a portrait of the legendary British actress. 

Judith Kaufmann lives in Berlin.

Filmography

2017 Draußen in meinem Kopf
Director of photography
 
2016/2017 Amour Fou
Director of photography
 
2015-2017 Der gleiche Himmel
Director of photography
 
2015 Simon sagt auf Wiedersehen zu seiner Vorhaut
Director of photography
 
2014/2015 Elser
Director of photography
 
2014 Das Zeugenhaus
Director of photography
 
2013/2014 Zwischen Welten
Co-author, Director of photography
 
2012/2013 Traumland
Director of photography
 
2012/2013 Sein letztes Rennen
Director of photography
 
2012-2015 Freistatt
Director of photography
 
2012 Das Ende einer Nacht
Director of photography
 
2011/2012 Zwei Leben
Screenplay, Director of photography
 
2011 Charlotte Rampling: The Look
Director of photography
 
2010/2011 Wer wenn nicht wir
Director of photography
 
2009/2010 Das Ende ist mein Anfang
Director of photography
 
2009 Alles Liebe
Director of photography
 
2008-2010 Die Fremde
Director of photography
 
2008 Ihr könnt Euch niemals sicher sein
Director of photography
 
2007/2008 Feuerherz - Die Reise der jungen Awet
Director of photography
 
2007 Reise nach China
Director of photography
 
2007 Wem Ehre gebührt
Director of photography
 
2007 Vivere
Director of photography
 
2006 Ich wollte nicht töten
Director of photography
 
2005/2006 Vier Minuten
Director of photography
 
2005/2006 Nichts weiter als
Director of photography
 
2005-2007 Für den unbekannten Hund
2nd Camera unit
 
2004/2005 Fremde Haut
Screenplay, Director of photography
 
2004 Jena Paradies
Director of photography
 
2003/2004 Erbsen auf halb 6
Director of photography
 
2002/2003 Der schwarze Troll
Director of photography
 
2001/2002 Scherbentanz
Director of photography
 
2001/2002 Elefantenherz
Director of photography
 
2000/2001 Engel & Joe
Director of photography
 
2000 Jetzt oder nie: Zeit ist Geld
Director of photography
 
1999/2000 Vergiss Amerika
Director of photography
 
1999 Swetlana
Director of photography
 
1999 Mariemarie
Director of photography
 
1998/1999 Drachenland
Director of photography
 
1997/1998 Alles wird gut
Director of photography
 
1997 Hart am Limit
Director of photography
 
1997 Blutsbrüder
Camera operator
 
1996 Der Steuermann
Director of photography
 
1992/1993 In weiter Ferne, so nah!
2nd Camera unit
 
1992-1995 Nico - Icon
Director of photography
 
1991/1992 Nie wieder schlafen - Nie mehr zurück
Director of photography
 
1990/1991 Wildfeuer
Assistant camera
 
1990/1991 Unsichtbare Tage oder Die Legende von den weißen Krokodilen
Assistant camera
 
1989/1990 Butterbrot
Assistant camera
 
1989-1991 Reise ohne Wiederkehr
Assistant camera
 
1988/1989 Maria von den Sternen
Assistant camera
 
1988 Martha Jellneck
Assistant camera
 
1988 Aufrecht gehen. Rudi Dutschke - Spuren
Director of photography
 
1987/1988 Brennende Betten
Assistant camera
 
1987/1988 Adrian und die Römer
Assistant camera
 
1986/1987 War Zone - Todeszone
Assistant camera
 
1986/1987 Das weite Land
Assistant camera
 
1986/1987 DrehOrt Berlin
Assistant camera
 
1986 Das alte Ladakh
Assistant camera
 
1985/1986 Vermischte Nachrichten
Assistant camera
 
1985 Nicht nichts ohne Dich
Assistant camera
 
1984/1985 Der Angriff der Gegenwart auf die übrige Zeit
Assistant camera
 
1981/1982 Domino
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