Simon, Rainer


Rainer Simon was born in 1941 in Hainchen, Germany.  He studied at the Academy for Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg from 1961-1965. Simon started his career at the East German DEFA film studios in 1965, working as an assistant director under Ralf Kirsten (Der verlorene Engel, 1970) and Konrad Wolf (Ich war neunzehn, 1967). Simon made his directing debut in 1968 with the children’s film Wie heiratet man einen König. His major films include: Till Eulenspiegel, based on a film script by Christa and Gerhard Wolf; Das LuftschiffDie Frau und der Fremde, which won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival; and Jadup und Boel, which was banned by officials and not released until 1988. Since shooting Die Besteigung des Chimborazo in Ecuador, Simon’s work has focused on the life and culture of the indigenous people of Ecuador.


From 1993-1996, Rainer Simon was a guest professor at the Academy for Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg, and he teaches workshops for young filmmakers in Latin America. Simon has presented his Latin American photographs in two touring exhibits: Life with Mother Earth (shown in Quito, Sofia, Potsdam, Berlin, and Dresden) and Fiesta in Sarayacu (shown in Potsdam, Dessau, and Dresden). Rainer Simon lives in Potsdam, Germany.


Rainer Simon was the featured guest of the 2008 Filmmaker’s Tour organized by the DEFA Film Library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 

Bibliography & More:

Simon, Rainer. Bedrohungen: Skizzen, Fragmente, Photographien. (transl. Threats: Sketches, Fragments, Photography). Ontario: Strauss. 1997. 


Simon, Rainer. Fernes Land. Die DDR, die DEFA und der Ruf des Chimborazo (transl. Strange Land: The GDR, DEFA and the Call of the Chimborazo). Berlin: Aufbau Taschenbuch Verlag. 2005.


Simon, Rainer. Regenbogenboa (transl. The Rainbow Boa). Berlin: Schwartzkopff Buchwerke. 2005.




2002 Der Ruf des Fayu Ujmu (The Call of Fayu Ujmu, doc.)
1999 Mit Fischen und Vögeln reden (Talking with Fish and Birds, doc.)
1994 Die Farben von Tigua (The Colors of Tigua TV, doc.)
1993 Fernes Land Pa-isch (Far Away Country Pa-ish)
1990 Der Fall Ö (The Oe Case)
1989 Die Besteigung des Chimborazo (The Ascent of Chimborazo)
1986  Wengler & Söhne  Eine Legende (Wengler & Sons: A Legend)
1984 Die Frau und der Fremde (The Woman and the Stranger)
1982 Das Luftschiff (The Airship)
1981/88 Jadup und Boel (Jadup and Boel)
1978 Zünd an, es kommt die Feuerwehr (Set a Fire, the Fire Brigade is Coming)
1974 Till Eulenspiegel
1974 Liebe mit 16 (Love at 16, script)
1972 Sechse kommen durch die Welt (Six Go around the World)
1970 Aus unserer Zeit: Gewöhnliche Leute (Our Time: Ordinary People)
1968 Wie heiratet man einen König (How to Marry a King)
1966 Der verlorene Engel (The Lost Angel, assistant director)
1964 Peterle und die Weihnachtsgans Auguste (Peterle and the Christmas Goose Auguste)

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