Stieler, Laila


Laila Stieler was born in 1965 in Neustadt, East Germany. From 1986 to 1990, she studied dramaturgy at the Academy for Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg. Since graduating, she has worked as a freelance scriptwriter and producer. Working with directors such as Andreas Dresen, Dagmar Hirtz, Tim Trageser and Maria Schrader, she has helped create many inter nationally recognized films. Her collaboration with Dresen goes back to the late 1980s, when they were both students at the Film Academy. Stieler co-wrote the script for Dresen’s feature film debut, Stilles Land, followed by Die Polizistin, Willenbrock and Wolke 9, winner of the Coup de Coeur Jury Prize at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.


Stieler’s first collaboration as a scriptwriter and producer with the internationally-acclaimed director Doris Dörrie resulted in Die Friseuse. She is currently working on a script about the East German singer-songwriter Gerhard Gundermann; this feature film, directed by Andreas Dresen, is announced for release in 2013.


Festivals & Awards:

2008 Coup de Coeur Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival, for Wolke 9
2001 Best Script, Adolf Grimme Award in Gold, for Die Polizistin
2000 Best Script, TV Award, German Academy for the Performing Arts, for Die Polizistin
2000 Best Script, Teleplay Award, Baden-Baden TV Film Festival, for Die Polizistin


Bibliography & More:

Interview, Writing about Daily Life. Amherst, MA: DEFA Film Library Newsletter. Feb. 2011.



2011 Die Lehrerin (The Teacher, TV)
2010 Die Friseuse (The Hairdresser)
2009 Wohin mit Vater? (Where to Put Dad? TV)
2009 Mein Mann, sein geliebte und ich (My Husband, His Lover and I, TV)
2008 Patchwork (TV)
2008 Wolke 9 (Cloud 9)
2007 Ein verlockendes Angebot (A Compelling Offer, TV)
2007 Liebesleben (Love Life)
2004 Willenbrock
2000 Schwiegermutter (Mother-In-Law, TV)
2000 Die Polizistin (The Policewoman, TV)
1997 Die Konkurrentin (The Competitor, TV)
1994 Mein unbekannter ehemann (My Unknown Husband)
1992 Stilles Land (Silent Country)
1990 So schnell es geht nach Istanbul (Shortcut to Istanbul)

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