Matti Geschonneck

Matti Geschonneck

Darsteller, Regie, Regie-Assistenz, Drehbuch, Bauten, Sonstiges
*08.05.1952 Potsdam-Babelsberg

Biography

Matti Geschonneck was born in Potsdam-Babelsberg on May 8th 1952. The son of actors Erwin Geschonneck and Hannelore Wüst, began studying film direction at the Sergej-Gerassimov-Filminstitut (VGIK) in Moscow, but after two years was forced to leave the school by GDR officials because he had voiced his solidarity with the exiled singer-songwriter Wolf Biermann. In 1987, Geschonneck used a work visa to relocate to West-Germany, where he gathered practical film experience working as an assistant to directors like Thomas Langhoff und Eberhard Fechner.

In 1982, he made his screen debut as a director with the surreal drama "Moebius", which is based on a short story by American astronomer A.J. Deutsch. For a long time, it remained Geschonneck's only cinema release, since he focused on television instead. Over the course of 18 years, he helmed numerous, multi-award-winning TV productions, including the comedy "Matulla und Busch" (1995) starring his father Erwin, as well as the dramatic thrillers "Der Mörder und sein Kind" (1995) and "Die Mutter" (2002). Garnering Grimme and German Television Awards, "Die Nachrichten" ("The News", 2005) is the story of a popular news reporter, who is confronted with his past as an informer for the Stasi, East Germany's infamous secret police. Critics also praised his thriller "Todsünde", in which Hanns Zischler und Lisa Potthoff play two police detectives searching for a missing child.

2010 marks Matti Geschonneck's return as a movie director with the tragicomic working class comedy "Boxhagener Platz" ("Berlin, Boxhagener Platz"). It received a nomination for Best Female Supporting Actor (Meret Becker) at the German Film Awards, as well as nominations for Best Film and Best Cinematography (Martin Langer) at the Preis der deutschen Filmkritik.

Despite this success on the big screen, Matti Geschonneck exclusively worked in television during the following years. His prolific output of two to three TV films per year included the award-winning productions Liebesjahre" ("Years of Love", 2011, TV), "Tod einer Polizistin" (2012, TV) and "Das Zeugenhaus" (2014, TV).

After his drama "Ein großer Aufbruch" (2015, TV) won the German Television Awards for Best Female Actor (Ina Weisse) and Best Screenplay (Magnus Vattrodt), Matti Geschonneck directed the theatrical release "In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts" ("In Times of Fading Light", 2017). The adaptation of the acclaimed novel premiered in the special section of the 2017 Berlin IFF and opened in theatres in June that year.

Filmography

2016/2017 In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts
Director
 
2015/2016 Ein Kommissar kehrt zurück
Director
 
2015 Ein großer Aufbruch
Director
 
2014/2015 Der verlorene Bruder
Director
 
2014 Das Zeugenhaus
Director
 
2013/2014 Unter Kontrolle
Director
 
2012/2013 Totenengel - Van Leeuwens zweiter Fall
Director
 
2012 Tod einer Polizistin
Director
 
2012 Das Ende einer Nacht
Director
 
2011 Eine Frau verschwindet
Director
 
2010/2011 Liebesjahre
Director
 
2009 Boxhagener Platz
Director, Screenplay
 
2009 Tod in Istanbul
Director
 
2008/2009 Entführt
Director
 
2008 Hinter blinden Fenstern
Director
 
2007/2008 Todsünde
Director
 
2007 Duell in der Nacht
Director
 
2006/2007 Zeit zu leben
Director
 
2005/2006 Die Tote vom Deich
Director
 
2005/2006 Silberhochzeit
Director
 
2005 Liebe nach dem Tod
Director
 
2004/2005 Die Nachrichten
Director
 
2004 Mord am Meer
Director
 
2003/2004 Die Ärztin
Director
 
2003 Liebe Schwester
Director
 
2001/2002 Wer liebt, hat Recht
Cast, Director
 
2000/2001 Späte Rache
Director
 
2000/2001 Jenseits der Liebe
Director
 
2000 Ein mörderischer Plan
Director
 
1999 Ganz unten, ganz oben
Director
 
1998/1999 Mörderkind
Director
 
1998 Der Rosenmörder
Director
 
1996 Der Schrei der Liebe
Director
 
1996 Lauf oder stirb
Director
 
1995/1996 Der Pferdemörder
Director
 
1995 Angeschlagen
Director
 
1995 Matulla & Busch - Zwei Alte pokern hoch
Director
 
1995 Angst hat eine kalte Hand
Director
 
1995 Zwischentöne: Erwin Geschonneck
Director
 
1994/1995 Endstation
Screenplay
 
1994/1995 Der Mörder und sein Kind
Director
 
1994 Geschlossene Akten
Director, Screenplay
 
1994 Der gute Merbach
Director
 
1993/1994 Die Sache Baryschna
Director
 
1992/1993 Tod einer alten Frau
Director
 
1992/1993 Berlin - Beste Lage
Director, Screenplay
 
1991/1992 Moebius
Director, Screenplay
 
1989-1991 My Lovely Monster
Assistant director
 
1984/1985 Irren ist tödlich
Assistant director
 
1984/1985 Zuversichtliche Unternehmung
Miscellaneous
 
1980/1981 Desperado City
Property master
 
1978/1979 Ein Kapitel für sich
Assistant director
 
1974 Nach Abpfiff Mord
Cast
 
1973/1974 Zwischen vierzig und fünfzig
Cast
 
1973/1974 Der nackte Mann auf dem Sportplatz
Cast