Richter, Erika


Erika Richter was born on January 6, 1938 in Aachen and grew up in Chemnitz. She studied drama theory at the Deutsche Hochschule für Filmkunst from 1956 to 1960. After finishing special training at the Moscow film academy, VGIK, from 1961 to 1962, she was an editor for filmwissenschaftliche mitteilungen.


From 1975 to 1991, she worked as a dramaturg on fourteen feature films at the DEFA Studio for Feature Film. Richter collaborated with directors including Heiner Carow (Coming Out), Evelyn Schmidt (The Bicycle), Rainer Simon (Jadup and Boel) and Lothar Warneke (Apprehension). In 1992, after the death of her husband, film historian and painter Rolf Richter (1932-1992), she took over publishing the magazine Film und Fernsehen. From 2003 to 2005, she co-edited the DEFA Foundation’s apropos: Film book series.


Erika Richter met regularly to conduct conversations with director Lothar Warneke from November 2001 to March 2004. The resulting book, Die Schönheit dieser Welt (The Beauty of This World. Berlin: DEFA-Stiftung, 2005), is an extensive and insightful conversation about the director’s life and films, and the power of art.


Erika Richer also worked as a curator for many groundbreaking film series, including retrospectives of films by Fred Kelemen. From 1991 to 2004, she was a member of the selection committee for Forum des Jungen Films program at the Berlin International Film Festival.


In 2017, Richter in collaboration with the DEFA Foundation published Liebe zum Kino, a collection of her most important texts writting during her over half a century career in German and international film. For her important contributions to German film, she was awarded the Camera at the 2003 Berlin International Film Festival. Erika Richter passed away on August 24, 2020.

Festivals & Awards:

2012 Award for Best Film Programming, DEFA-Stiftung Berlin
2003 Camera, Berlin International Film Festival

Bibliography & More:

Liebe zum Kino. Berlin: DEFA-Stiftung, 2017.


Gleichgewichtsübungen. Berlin: DEFA-Stiftung, 2012.


Die Schönheit dieser Welt. Berlin: DEFA –Stiftung, 2005.


Realistischer Film in Ägypten. Berlin: Henschelverlag, 1974.


1991 Die Lügnerin (The Liar)
1991 Das Land hinter dem Regenbogen (The Land beyond the Rainbow)
1990 Heute sterben immer nur die anderen (Nowadays Only the Others Die)
1990 Biologie! (Biology!)
1989 Rückwärtslaufen kann ich auch (I Can Run Backwards as Well)
1989 Coming Out
1988 Die Schauspielerin (The Actress)
1984 Weiße Wolke Carolin (White Cloud Carolin)
1983 Fariaho
1982 Die Schüsse der Arche Noah (Shots from Noah’s Ark)
1982 Das Fahrrad (The Bicycle)
1981 Die Beunruhigung (Apprehension)
1981/89 Jadup und Boel (Jadup and Boel)
1979 Seitensprung (Infidelity)

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