Oskar Roehler

Oskar Roehler

Darsteller, Regie, Drehbuch, Schnitt, Produzent
*21.01.1959 Starnberg

Biography

Oskar Roehler, born January 21, 1959, in Starnberg, as the son of writer Gisela Elsner (who later emigrated to the GDR) and Luchterhand editor Klaus Roehler. Oskar Roehler grew up with his father in Berlin. From the beginning of the 1980s on, Roehler worked as a writer und published "Abschnappuniversum", a collection of stories, in 1984. He wrote screenplays for Christoph Schlingensief ("Terror 2000", 1992) and for Niklaus Schilling ("Deutschfieber, 1992), among others. In 1995, Roehler made his debut as a director with the one-hour long low budget production "Gentleman".

In 1997, Roehler won the award as "Best new director" at the Munich film festival for his second film "Silvester Countdown" ("In With The New", 1996). Three years later, he made his final breakthrough with "Die Unberührbare" ("No Place To Go", 2000), a film about the life of his mother. Roehler won the German film award for "Best picture" as well as several awards from international festivals (including Miami, Karlovy Vary, and Rotterdam); furthermore, Hannelore Elsner won the German film award and several festival awards for her performance in the leading role. Roehler's next films were "Suck my Dick" (2001), which received mixed reviews, and the highly-praised "Der alte Affe Angst" ("Angst", 2003) in which he deals with his father's dying.

After "Agnes und seine Brüder" ("Agnes and His Brothers", 2004), a film that received mainly positive reviews and won the Bavarian film award for "Best screen play", Roehler turned to the highly anticipated film version of a novel: For "Elementarteilchen" ("Elementary Particles", 2006), the film version of Michel Houellebecq's novel of the same name about sexual confusion, that was produced by Bernd Eichinger, Roehler put together a cast of German film stars. Moritz Bleibtreu even won the actor's award at the 2006 Berlinale. Although the film received controversial reviews, the film became a large success at the box office.

After a three-year break as a director, Oskar Roehler presented his eleventh film at the beginning of 2009: "Lulu & Jimi", a drama about the love affair of a young German woman and an African-American man in the German province of the 1960s. His next film "Jud Süß – Film ohne Gewissen" ("Jew Suss - Rise and Fall") about the production of the infamous nazi propaganda film and the story of its leading actor premiered at the Berlin Film Festival 2010 and was controversially discussed by audiences and critics alike.

In February 2013 Roehler's adaptation of his own autobiographical novel "Herkunft" opened in cinemas: "Quellen des Lebens" ("Roots of Life") tells the story of a German family from the postwar period to the Time of Flower Power. In his next film "Tod den Hippies, es lebe der Punk" (2015), a young misfit flees from the province to the wild Berlin of the 1980s.

Filmography

2017/2018 HERRliche Zeiten
Director
 
2014/2015 Tod den Hippies!! Es lebe der Punk
Director
 
2013/2014 Verbotene Filme
Participation
 
2012/2013 Der Berührbare - Der Filmregisseur Oskar Roehler
Participation
 
2011/2012 Quellen des Lebens
Director, Screenplay
 
2009/2010 Jud Süß - Film ohne Gewissen
Director, Co-author
 
2007/2008 Christoph Schlingensief - Die Piloten
Participation
 
2007-2009 Lulu & Jimi
Director, Screenplay, Co-Producer
 
2007 Münchner (Filmfest-) Geschichten
Participation
 
2005/2006 Elementarteilchen
Director, Screenplay
 
2004 Agnes und seine Brüder
Director, Screenplay
 
2002/2003 Der alte Affe Angst
Director, Screenplay
 
2001/2002 Fahr zur Hölle, Schwester
Director
 
2000/2001 Suck My Dick
Director, Screenplay
 
1999/2000 Die Unberührbare
Director, Screenplay
 
1998/1999 Latin Lover - Wilde Leidenschaft auf Mallorca
Director, Screenplay
 
1998/1999 Gierig
Director, Screenplay
 
1997 Silvester Countdown
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1996/1997 Die 120 Tage von Bottrop
Screenplay
 
1995 Gentleman
Director, Screenplay, Editing, Producer
 
1994/1995 United Trash
Screenplay
 
1994/1995 Ex
Screenplay
 
1992 Terror 2000 - Intensivstation Deutschland
Cast, Screenplay
 
1991/1992 Deutschfieber. Der 2. Teil des Willi-Busch-Report
Screenplay