Czok, Alexandra

Biography:

Alexandra Czok was born in Leipzig, East Germany, in 1970. After German unification, she worked as a photographer for Fandango publishing house in Hannover. From 1994 to 1997, she studied cultural history at the Universität Hildesheim and worked as an assistant director of photography. In 1997, she began studying cinematography at the Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen Konrad Wolf Potsdam-Bebelsberg. Since graduating in 2003, she has worked as a director of photography for documentary and feature film productions, television series and TV journalistic projects.

 

In 2009, she wrote and directed Solo für Sanije, about Sanije Torka, whose story had been adapted by scriptwriter Wolfgang Kohlhaase for the East German feature film classic Solo Sunny (1979, dir. Konrad Wolf).

 

In 2004, Czok started working with documentary director Peter Voigt and, in 2005, she wrote and directed Der Bevorzugte, a biographical film about Voigt’s life and work. She was on the 2006 production team for Voigt’s Bertolt Brecht – Bild und Modell, sharing the cinematography with Christian Lehmann and Olaf Merker. She also collaborated with the director on his documentary Ikonen—an exploration of the art works with which Brecht surrounded himself in his Chauseestrasse apartment—and on Brechts Regal. Unfortunately, this film—which focuses on Brecht’s book collection, particularly on his handwritten marginal notes—was never finished, as Voigt passed away while working on it, in 2015.

 

In 2009, Czok started working as cinematographer for the German public television channel MDR. Since 2011, she has taught cinematography at Leipzig Fernseh Akademie Mitteldeutschland.

 

In 2016, Alexandra Czok moved back to Leipzig where she has lived with her son Luis since then.

Filmography:

2015 Ansichtssachen (Matter of Opinion, doc)
2012 Keine Angst vor Toten (Never Fear Dead People, TV, doc)
2011 Jung, weiblich und gewalttätig (Young, Female and Violent, TV, doc)
2011 Ein Marathon zu Pferd (A Marathon on Horseback, TV, doc)
2010 Drei wollen siegen (Flame of Hope, TV, doc)
2010 Ikonen (Icons, doc)
2009 Georg wird Marionettenspieler (Georg Becomes a Puppeteer, TV, doc)
2009 Solo für Sanije (Solo for Sanije, doc, director, script)
2006 Bertolt Brecht – Bild und Modell (Bertolt Brecht: Image and Model, doc)
2005 Schönes Wochenende (Nice Weekend, TV, feature film)
2005 Der Bevorzugte (The Favorite, doc, director, script)
2003 Nachbarinnen (Women Neighbors, TV, feature film)

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