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Angela Schanelec

Angela Schanelec, Professor of Narrative Film

The actor, scriptwriter and director Angela Schanelec became professor of narrative film at the HFBK Hamburg in 2012.
Schanelec studied drama at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt am Main from 1982 to 1984. She concentrated on stage set work subsequent to her graduation (aside from playing a leading role in a film). From 1984 to 1991, she had engagements at the Schauspielhaus Köln, Cologne, at the Thalia Theater Hamburg, at the Schaubühne Berlin and at the Schauspielhaus Bochum.

From 1990 to 1995, Schanelec studied film directing at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (dffb). Her graduation thesis film Das Glück meiner Schwester, in which she played a lead role, won the 1996 Preis der deutschen Filmkritik Best Film award. Schanelec’s second film Plätze in Städten received its premiere at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival in the section entitled Un Certain Regard. In the following year, she was awarded the Kunstpreis Berlin (the Förderungspreis Film- und Medienkunst, a promotion prize for film and media art).

Her subsequent films - Mein langsames Leben (2001), Marseille (2004; the Preis der Filmkritik für das Beste Drehbuch or Film critics prize for the best script) and Nachmittag (2007) - made Schanelec a prominent member of the so-called Berliner Schule. Schanelec also wrote the scripts for all of her films.

With the founding of the Nachmittagfilm production company (2005) she is also a producer.