Wolfgang Kohlhaase

Wolfgang Kohlhaase

Darsteller, Regie, Drehbuch, Musik
*13.03.1931 Berlin

Biography

Wolfgang Kohlhaase was born in Berlin on March 13th 1931. Following his school graduation, he started out as a journalist working for several East-German newspapers before moving on to the DEFA. From 1952 on, he worked as a freelance author and scriptwriter.

His breakthrough came with a series of neo-realist films directed by Gerhard Klein: Labelled "Berlin-Films", they dealt with the lives of young people growing up in the divided city. The other collaborations of Kohlhaase and Klein included the historical drama "Der Fall Gleiwitz" and "Berlin um die Ecke" – which due to state interference was completed in 1987, almost 20 years after production started.

In 1967, the anti-fascist war drama "Ich war neunzehn" marked the beginning of the long-lasting creative partnership between Kohlhaase and director Konrad Wolf. Till Wolf's death in 1982, they collaborated on films as diverse as "Der nackte Mann auf dem Sportplatz" and "Solo Sunny".

Kohlhaase, who's also been writing radio plays since the 1960's, adapted Hermann Kant's autobiographical novel "Der Aufenthalt" for a motion picture directed by Frank Beyer, who also helmed the Kohlhaase-scripted "Der Bruch" and with whom the author continued to work after the fall of the Berlin wall.

In the 1990s, Kohlhaase predominately worked for television, including high-profile projects like "Der Hauptmann von Köpenick". At the end of the decade, her returned to the screen with script for Volker Schlöndorff's acclaimed "Die Stille nach dem Schuss", which tells the story of a female Red Army Fraction terrorist hiding in the GDR.

One of Kohlhaase's successes in the 2000s was the script for Andreas Dresen's arthouse hit "Sommer vorm Balkon" ("Summer in Berlin"), which was celebrated by audiences and critics alike.

Filmography

2016/2017 In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts
Screenplay
 
2013-2015 Als wir träumten
Screenplay
 
2011 Hotel Deutschland 2
Participation
 
2011 Nagel zum Sarg
based on
 
2010/2011 I Phone You
Screenplay
 
2009/2010 Spur der Bären - 60 Jahre Berlinale
Participation
 
2008/2009 Haus und Kind
Screenplay
 
2007/2008 Auge in Auge - Eine deutsche Filmgeschichte
Participation
 
2007-2009 Whisky mit Wodka
Screenplay
 
2006-2008 Nur ein Sommer
Script editor
 
2006 Leben in Geschichten - Wolfgang Kohlhaase
Participation
 
2004/2005 Sommer vorm Balkon
Screenplay
 
2001/2002 Baby
Screenplay
 
1999/2000 Die Stille nach dem Schuß
Screenplay
 
1998 Victor Klemperer - Mein Leben ist so sündhaft lang
Director, Screenplay, Interviews
 
1997 Der Hauptmann von Köpenick
Screenplay
 
1994/1995 Die Nacht der Regisseure
Participation
 
1992/1993 Inge, April und Mai
Director, Screenplay
 
1991 Begräbnis einer Gräfin
Screenplay
 
1988/1989 Der Bruch
Screenplay, Lyrics
 
1986-1989 Das Spinnennetz
Co-author
 
1985 Die Zeit die bleibt. Ein Film über Konrad Wolf
Creative supervisor, Screenplay
 
1984 Die Grünstein-Variante
Screenplay, based on
 
1982/1983 Der Aufenthalt
Screenplay
 
1978-1980 Solo Sunny
Co-Director, Screenplay, Scenario
 
1977/1978 Der Übergang
Screenplay
 
1977/1978 Zünd an, es kommt die Feuerwehr
Scenario
 
1976/1977 Mama, ich lebe
Scenario
 
1976 Lasset die Kindlein...
Scenario
 
1975/1976 Das Licht auf dem Galgen
Scenario
 
1973/1974 Der nackte Mann auf dem Sportplatz
Screenplay, Scenario
 
1972 Turek erzählt
Scenario
 
1971/1972 Leichensache Zernik
Screenplay
 
1970 Leichensache Zernik
Screenplay
 
1967/1968 Ich war neunzehn
Screenplay
 
1965/1990 Berlin um die Ecke
Screenplay
 
1963 Sonntagsfahrer
Screenplay
 
1962 Josef und alle seine Brüder
Screenplay
 
1960/1961 Der Fall Gleiwitz
Screenplay
 
1959/1960 Der schweigende Stern
Screenplay
 
1956/1957 Berlin - Ecke Schönhauser
Screenplay
 
1955/1956 Eine Berliner Romanze
Screenplay
 
1954 Eine Bären Geschichte
Scenario
 
1953/1954 Alarm im Zirkus
Screenplay
 
1953/1954 Der Bart ist ab
Scenario
 
1953 Die Streichholzballade
Scenario
 
1953 Die DEFA-Rakete - Folge 1
Screenplay
 
1953 Bitte nicht stören
Scenario
 
1952/1953 Die Störenfriede
Screenplay