Uwe Belz

Uwe Belz

Regie, Drehbuch, Schnitt
*05.10.1937 Berlin; †17.12.2002 Berlin

Biography

Uwe Belz, born October 5, 1937, in Berlin, was a passionate musician as a teenager and taught himself to play the trumpet, the double bass, and the guitar. After finishing high school, he graduated from an apprenticeship as an optician and subsequently attended Fachschule für Fotografie und Optik in Berlin-Weißensee and was trained to become a photographer. After his graduation, Belz worked as an assistant camera operator and finally as cinematographer for Deutscher Fernsehfunk (DFF). During the early 1960s, he made his first filmmaking experiences as assistant director for commercial and corporate films until he found a long-term position at DEFA’s studio for popular scientific films in 1963. When corporate films became more and more important from the mid-1960s on, Belz received several assignments from DEFA in this department.

From 1963 to 1968, he also studied directing at Deutsche Hochschule für Filmkunst in Potsdam-Babelsberg. Belz subsequently became a member of DEFA’s artistic work group "document" alongside fellow members like Jürgen Böttcher, Volker Koepp, Winfried Junge, and Karlheinz Mund. Besides propagandistic joint projects like "Wer die Erde liebt" (1973) about the tenth World Festival of Youth and Students in East Berlin, Belz finished several films that dealt with every day conditions of life and work, for instance, "Min Herzing" (1975), a portrait of a fishwife in Rostock, or "Begegnungen im Schnee" (1979) about residents of the northern part of the GDR who had to suffer through the natural disaster in the winter of 1979.

Highly praised by critics, Belz became an enormously keen to experiment filmmaker who used voice-over commentary in an original way and worked with humorous inserts or striking intertitles.

Thematically, Belz’s films are broad in scope. He made portrait films, for instance, "Bei Manfred Krug" (1975) about Manfred Krug or "702 sec. mit Frank Schöbel" (1972) about pop singer Frank Schöbel and dealt with German history in an unconventional way in films like "Liebesbriefe" about Karl Marx. Furthermore, Belz made documentary films about the living conditions in countries like Vietnam, China, Laos, and Siberia. In the films, he managed to single out highly different fates of individuals to give an insight into the people’s different areas of life.

After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the liquidation of DEFA, Uwe Belz worked as a freelance director and screenplay writer from 1991 on. Besides, he temporarily worked as a guest lecturer for directing and film editing at Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen "Konrad Wolf" in Potsdam-Babelsberg.

Uwe Belz, who was married and was the father of two daughters, died on December 17, 2002, in Berlin.

Filmography

2000 "Wenn ich singe". Manfred Krug - Der Sänger
Director
 
1992 Unterwegs auf ewigem Eis
Director
 
1990 Feuer und Wasser oder die mit dem Chromhelm
Director
 
1989 Starke Männer
Director, Screenplay
 
1989 Wu-Shu
Director, Screenplay
 
1988 DEFA KINOBOX [Jg. 1988 / Nr. 61]
Director, Screenplay
 
1988 Schwingungen. Szenische Reportage
Director
 
1988 Robot Karlik
Director
 
1987/1988 Show her - Schau hin
Director, Screenplay
 
1986 DEFA KINOBOX [Jg. 1986 / Nr. 51]
Director, Screenplay
 
1986 DEFA KINOBOX [Jg. 1986 / Nr. 50]
Director, Screenplay
 
1985 Ein Jahrhundertkerl - Heine in Paris
Director, Screenplay
 
1984/1985 DEFA KINOBOX [Jg. 1984 / Nr. 36]
Director, Screenplay
 
1984/1985 DEFA KINOBOX [Jg. 1984 / Nr. 36]
Director, Screenplay
 
1984-1986 Gabi - Vermittlung Platz 12
Director, Screenplay
 
1984 Der Nächste bitte
Director, Screenplay
 
1984 De Goliath und sin Crew
Director, Screenplay
 
1982/1983 Sero
Director, Screenplay
 
1982/1983 Gruppenbild mit Bär
Director, Screenplay
 
1982/1983 Liebesbriefe
Director, Screenplay
 
1982 General ade - ein Gespräch mit Gert Bastian
Director, Screenplay
 
1981/1982 Volkslieder
Director, Screenplay
 
1981 Gesichter eines Landes
Director, Screenplay
 
1981 Z.B. Sechzehnjährige oder es gibt keinen Traum vom Fliegen
Director, Screenplay
 
1981 Sabaidie heißt Guten Tag
Director, Screenplay
 
1981 Am Mekong
Director, Screenplay
 
1981 Smutje Baubi
Director, Screenplay
 
1980/1981 Zwischen Taiga und Tundra - Jakutische Dimensionen
Director, Screenplay
 
1980/1981 An der Lena - eine Stadt, ein Dorf in Jakutien
Director, Screenplay
 
1980/1981 Vera kam mit den Frühlingsblüten
Director
 
1980 Posten neun Neumann, Schranken geschlossen
Director, Screenplay
 
1980 Curt Bois oder Mit Heinerle fing alles an
Director
 
1979 Tage vor der Hochzeit
Director
 
1979 IN 6
Director, Screenplay
 
1979 Ein Viertel Schäferstündchen
Director, Screenplay
 
1978/1979 Begegnungen im Schnee
Director
 
1978/1979 Dresden - eine Stadt und ihre Kunst
Director, Screenplay
 
1977/1978 Berlin
Director, Screenplay
 
1977 Liebeserklärung an Berlin
Director
 
1977 Defa Disco Film - Berlin
Director, Screenplay
 
1976/1977 Rock mit Skorpio
Director, Screenplay, Editing
 
1976 In 6
Director, Screenplay
 
1976 KM - 100 Jahre nach Highgate
Director, Screenplay
 
1975/1976 Bei Günther Fischer
Director, Screenplay
 
1975/1976 Damals in Sosa
Director, Screenplay
 
1975 Bei Laky
Director, Screenplay
 
1975 Bei Manfred Krug
Director
 
1975 Zu Gast bei Bisser Kirow
Director, Screenplay
 
1975 IN IV
Director, Screenplay
 
1975 Ho Chi Minh - Oder eine Stadt für Onkel Ho
Director, Screenplay
 
1975 IN 5
Director, Screenplay
 
1974/1975 IN - Internationales Jugendmagazin 3/74
Director, Screenplay
 
1974 An eine Genossin
Director, Screenplay
 
1974 Weggefährten. Begegnungen im 25. Jahr der DDR
Director
 
1974 DDR-Magazin [Jg. 1974 / Nr. 02]
Director
 
1974 Essay über ein Fischweib oder Min Herzing
Director, Screenplay, Script editor
 
1973/1974 IN - Internationales Jugendmagazin 2/73
Director, Screenplay
 
1973/1974 Der liebe Gott in Prag
Director, Screenplay
 
1973 Pablo Neruda
Director, Screenplay
 
1973 Wer die Erde liebt
Director
 
1973 Manfred Krug
Director
 
1973 IN - Internationales Jugendmagazin 1/73
Director, Screenplay
 
1973 Giovanni Boccaccio
Director, Screenplay
 
1972/1973 Musik in Scheiben
Director, Screenplay
 
1972 Treffpunkt Kino [Jg. 1972 / Folge 10]
Screenplay
 
1972 Treffpunkt Kino [Jg. 1972 / Folge 09]
Director, Screenplay
 
1972 Treffpunkt Kino [Jg. 1972 / Folge 08]
Screenplay
 
1972 792 sec. mit Frank Schöbel
Director
 
1972 Treffpunkt Kino [Jg. 1972 / Folge 07]
Screenplay
 
1972 DDR-Magazin [Jg. 1972 / Nr. 25]
Director
 
1971/1972 Toscana Rossa
Director, Screenplay
 
1971 Treffpunkt Kino [Jg. 1971 / Folge 09]
Director, Screenplay
 
1971 Treffpunkt Kino [Jg. 1971 / Folge 07]
Director, Screenplay
 
1971 Treffpunkt Kino [Jg. 1971 / Folge 06]
Director, Screenplay
 
1971 Treffpunkt Kino [Jg. 1971 / Folge 05]
Director, Screenplay
 
1971 Treffpunkt Kino [Jg. 1971 / Folge 02]
Director, Screenplay
 
1971 Treffpunkt Kino [Jg. 1971 / Folge 08]
Director, Screenplay
 
1971 Treffpunkt Kino [Jg. 1971 / Folge 04]
Director, Screenplay
 
1971 Treffpunkt Kino [Jg. 1971 / Folge 03]
Director, Screenplay
 
1970 Spaß im Schloß
Director, Screenplay
 
1970 Klemke
Director, Screenplay
 
1970 Wir
Director, Screenplay
 
1969 Wir sind verantwortlich
Director, Screenplay
 
1969 DDR 20
Director, Screenplay
 
1968/1969 Was uns interessiert - Pionierjournal: Flugsport
Director, Screenplay
 
1968/1969 Urlaub?
Director, Screenplay
 
1968 Mensch - Sicherheit - Gesundheit
Screenplay
 
1967 Was uns interessiert - Pionierjournal: Wintersport
Director, Screenplay
 
1966 Bauleute heute
Director, Screenplay
 
1966 Trabant 601
Director
 
1966 Der neue Wartburg 1000
Director, Scenario
 
1966 Wartburg 1000
Director, Scenario
 
1966 Leuna, Werkteil II
Director, Screenplay
 
1965/1966 Es liegt an uns
Director, Screenplay
 
1965 Pionierjournal - Sport
Director, Screenplay
 
1965 Trabant 601
Director, Scenario
 

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