Misselwitz, Helke

Biography:

Helke Misselwitz was born in Planitz in 1947. From 1978 to 1982, she studied directing at the Academy for Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg.

 

Her request to enter the DEFA Studio for Feature Films was refused, so she took other jobs while making short essayistic pieces for the DEFA Studio for Documentary Films. Misselwitz directed films at the DEFA Studio for Documentary Films from 1988 to 1991.

 

When director Heiner Carow accepted Misselwitz as a master student at the East German Academy of the Arts in 1985, she created a key documentary about women in the final years of the GDR, Winter Adé. This film received international critical acclaim and generated much discussion because of the frank way in which it portrayed the real lives of women in socialism. In 2009, Winter Adé was chosen as the title film of a retrospective at the Berlin Film Festival, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Wall.

 

In 1992, Misselwitz directed her first feature film, Herzsprung, followed by Engelchen. Since 1997, she has been a professor of directing at the Academy for Film and Television, recently re-named the Konrad Wolf Film University Babelsberg. 

 

Awards:

1992 Special mention in "debut film" category, San Sebastian International Film Festival for Herzsprung 

 

Filmography:

2004 Quartier der Illusionen (A Place for Illusions, TV, doc.)
2001 Fremde Oder (Foreign Oder, TV, doc.)
1996 Meine Liebe, deine Liebe (My Love, Your Love, doc.)
1996 Engelchen (Little Angel)
1992 Herzsprung
1990 Sperrmüll (Bulky Trash, doc.)
1989 Wer fürchtet sich vorm schwarzen Mann (Who’s Afraid of the Bogeyman, doc.)
1988 Winter Adé (doc.)
1985 Tango-Traum (Tango Dream, doc.)
1983 Aktfotografie - z.B. Gundula Schulze (Nude Photography–e.g., Gundula Schulze, doc.)

 

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