Maren Ade

Maren Ade

Darstellerin, Regie, Drehbuch, Produzent
*12.12.1976 Karlsruhe

Biography

Maren Ade was born in Karlsruhe on December 12 1976. After already making short films as a teenager, she enrolled at the film academy HFF Munich in 1998 and successfully graduated in 2004. Her final student project – and her first feature-length film – "Der Wald vor lauter Bäumen" ("The Forest for the Trees") premiered at the 2003 Hofer Filmtage. The psychologically intense drama about a hapless high school teacher, played by Eva Löbau, got universally positive reviews and went on to garner several accolades, including the Special Jury Award of the Sundance Film Festival and the award for Best Feature Film of the Cine Jove Valencia Film Festival. Moreover, the film received a nomination for Best Feature Film at the 2005 German Film Awards.

In 2007, Maren Ade and Janine Jackowski co-founded the production company Komplizen Film. One of the company's first productions was "Alle Anderen" ("Everyone Else"), Ade's sophomore feature as writer-director. The both subtle and relentless drama premiered in the competition of the 2009 Berlin IFF, which awarded the film the Silver Bears for Best Director and Best Female Actor (Birgit Minichmayr). Hailed by critics, "Alle Anderen" got three nominations at the German Film Awards, and enjoyed a very positive reception abroad. 

During the following years, Maren Ade also successfully established herself as a producer, and through Komplizen Film, she was instrumental for the creation of several remarkable feature releases. Amongst others, she produced and co-produced acclaimed films by Ulrich Köhler ("Schlafkrankheit" / international title: "Sleeping Sickness"), Barbara Albert ("Die Lebenden" / "The Dead and the Living"), Benjamin Heisenberg ("Über-Ich und Du"/ "Superegos"), Miguel Gomes ("Tabu – Eine Geschichte von Liebe und Schuld") and Sonja Heiss ("Hotel Very Welcome", "Hedi Schneider steckt fest" / "Hedi Schneider Is Stuck").

In summer 2014, principal photography for Maren Ade's third feature film as producer, writer and director began in Aachen and Bucharest: "Toni Erdmann" portrays the complicated relationship of an aging, hippie bohemian (Peter Simonischek) and his estranged daughter (Sandra Hüller), an ambitious corporate consultant. Already before its release, Maren Ade's film made positive headlines: The Cannes IFF 2016 invited "Toni Erdmann" to its prestigious competition, where the film was praised by audience and critics alike. Contrary to expectations, it didn't win a Golden or Silver Palm, but it was awarded the Prize of the International Film Critics Association.

Filmography

2016/2017 Eine fantastische Frau
Co-Producer
 
2016 Scarred Hearts - Vernarbte Herzen
Co-Producer
 
2015-2017 Western
Producer
 
2014/2015 1001 Nacht, Teil 2: Der Verzweifelte
Producer
 
2014/2015 1001 Nacht, Teil 1: Der Ruhelose
Producer
 
2014/2015 1001 Nacht, Teil 3: Der Entzückte
Producer
 
2014/2015 1001 Nacht
Producer
 
2014-2016 Toni Erdmann
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
2014 Love Island
Co-Producer
 
2013-2015 Hedi Schneider steckt fest
Producer
 
2013 Redemption
Cast, Co-Producer
 
2012/2013 Tanta Agua - Nichts als Regen
Co-Producer
 
2012-2014 Über-Ich und Du
Producer
 
2011/2012 Tabu - Eine Geschichte von Liebe und Schuld
Co-Producer
 
2011/2012 Die Lebenden
Co-Producer
 
2010/2011 Schlafkrankheit
Producer
 
2007-2009 Alle Anderen
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
2005-2007 Hotel Very Welcome
Producer
 
2003 Melanie Pröschle und der Ernst des Lebens
Director, Screenplay
 
2003 Der Wald vor lauter Bäumen
Director, Screenplay
 
2001 Mein Beitrag zur deutschen Leitkultur - El condor no pasa
Director, Screenplay
 
2001 Vegas
Director, Screenplay
 
2000 Ebene 9
Director, Screenplay