Jürgen Böttcher

Jürgen Böttcher

Additional Names: Hans Jürgen Traugott Böttcher (Geburtsname); Strawalde (Pseudonym)
Darsteller, Regie, Drehbuch, Schnitt, Musik
*08.07.1931 Frankenberg (Sachsen)

Biography

Juergen Boettcher , also known under his pseudonym "Strawalde", was born in 1931 and grew up in a small village in the Oberlausitz. His childhood being overshadowed by the terror of the Nazi regime, he had a great desire for social change, and joined the Communist Party at the age of 17. He studied Painting at the Art Academy in Dresden. However, as a result of rising ideological turbulence, which led to his being blacklisted from the Association of Fine Arts, he was legally prohibited to continue his work as a painter. He then registered to study Film Direction at the "Konrad Wolf" Academy for Film & Television in Potsdam in 1955. It wasn"t until the 1980s however that his original work as a painter was finally recognized. With more than 30 films, he has attained cult status among cineasts and has become a moral and aesthetic authority for his East German film colleagues at DEFA, the state-owned film studios of the former GDR.

In 1991, he was awarded the Silver Ribbon for his film work, and is also honored with a portrait in the German Parliament. His films include: "Ofenbauer" (short, 1962) - winner of the Silver Dove Award, "Jahrgang 45" (1965), "Martha" (1978), "Die Frau am Klavichord" (short, 1981), "Rangierer" (short, 1984), "In Georgien" (1987), "Die Mauer" (1990), "A Place in Berlin" ("Konzert im Freien", 2001), and many more. Today, he lives and works again as a freelance painter in Berlin.

Source: German films Service & Marketing GmbH

Filmography

2000/2001 Konzert im Freien
Cast, Voice, Director, Screenplay
 
1992/1993 Der DEFA-Komplex: 1. Cinéma vérité made in GDR
Participation
 
1990 Josefine
Editing
 
1990 Die Mauer
Director, Screenplay
 
1990 La Villette
Participation
 
1990 Berlin - Info
Director
 
1987/1988 In Georgien
Voice, Director, Screenplay
 
1985/1986 Die Küche
Director, Screenplay
 
1984 Kurzer Besuch bei Hermann Glöckner
Director, Screenplay, Commentary
 
1984 Rangierer
Director, Screenplay, Commentary
 
1984 Der Lokalpatriot
Editing
 
1983/1984 Der schönste Traum
Director, Screenplay
 
1983 Drei Lieder
Director, Screenplay
 
1981 Die Frau am Klavichord
Director, Screenplay, Editing, Music consultant
 
1981 Potters Stier
Director, Screenplay, Editing, Music consultant
 
1981 Venus nach Giorgione
Director, Screenplay, Editing, Music consultant
 
1978/1979 Martha
Director, Screenplay
 
1977 Murieta
Director, Screenplay
 
1977 Im Lohmgrund
Director, Screenplay, Commentary
 
1976/1977 Ein Weimarfilm
Director, Screenplay, Commentary
 
1976 Großkochberg - Garten der öffentlichen Landschaft
Director, Screenplay, Commentary
 
1974 Die Mamais
Director, Screenplay, Commentary
 
1974 Weggefährten. Begegnungen im 25. Jahr der DDR
Director
 
1973/1974 Erinnere dich mit Liebe und Haß
Director, Screenplay
 
1973 Wer die Erde liebt
Director
 
1972 Wäscherinnen
Director, Screenplay
 
1972 Zum Beispiel Rewatex
Director, Screenplay
 
1972 Ausfegen
Director, Screenplay
 
1971 Song International
Director, Screenplay, Commentary
 
1970 Der Oktober kam ...
Director
 
1970 Dialog mit Lenin
Director, Screenplay
 
1969 Arbeiterfamilie
Director, Screenplay, Commentary
 
1968 Ein Vertrauensmann
Director, Screenplay
 
1967/1968 Tierparkfilm
Director, Screenplay
 
1967 Wir waren in Karl-Marx-Stadt
Director, Screenplay
 
1967 Der Sekretär
Director, Screenplay
 
1967 Fest der Freundschaft
Director, Screenplay
 
1966 Jahrgang 45
Director, Screenplay
 
1965 Kindertheater
Director, Screenplay
 
1965 Karl-Marx-Stadt. Gegenwärtiger Bericht und Erinnerung an Chemnitz
Director, Screenplay, Commentary
 
1964 Barfuß und ohne Hut
Director, Screenplay
 
1964 Drei Tage im Mai
Director
 
1963/1964 Charlie und Co
Director, Screenplay, Commentary
 
1963 Stars
Director, Screenplay
 
1962/1963 Silvester
Director, Screenplay
 
1962 Ofenbauer
Director, Screenplay
 
1962 Drei von uns
Director, Screenplay
 
1962 Im Pergamon-Museum
Director, Screenplay
 
1961 Drei von vielen
Director, Screenplay
 
1960 Notwendige Lehrjahre
Director, Screenplay, Commentary
 
1958/1959 Dresden, wenige Jahre danach
Director, Screenplay, Editing
 
1957 Der Junge mit der Lampe
Director, Screenplay, Editing