Filming Die Architekten © DEFA-Stiftung, Christa Köfer
Peter Kahane was born on May 30, 1949 in Prague. His father worked as a journalist and a foreign correspondent and his mother was an artist. He first studied at the Humboldt University in Berlin, where, in 1971, he attained certification to teach both French and Russian.
After completing a year of service in the National People’s Army from 1974 to 1975, Kahane began studying at the Academy for Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg. After completing his studies in 1979, Kahane worked as an assistant to directors such as Heiner Carow and Egon Schlegel.
Kahane’s debut film Weiberwirtschaft appeared in 1984. The ensuing years were some of the most productive and critically successful in Kahane’s career, marked by one of his best known films, Ete und Ali. Very well received by East German teenagers, Ete und Ali is a coming-of-age story featuring two friends who have just completed mandatory military service. Kahane’s subsequent film, Vorspiel, was similar in its focus on daily life and was equally well received. Both were honored with prizes at the Max Ophüls Film Festival.
Die Architekten, Kahane’s most critical and politically engaged film, was begun in 1989 – the year the Berlin Wall fell – and released the following year. It was awarded the Special Prize at the National Feature Film Festival of the GDR, as well as the Prize of the Catholic Film Commission.
After the fall of the Berlin Wall and German unification, Kahane took a short break to assess the film scene, before releasing Cosimas Lexikon in 1992, and then waited seven more years to make his next feature Bis zum Horizont und weiter in 1999, which was received with enthusiasm. Since the mid-1990s, Kahane has also been directing and writing screen plays for TV movies.
Festivals & Awards:
|1990||Special Prize, National Feature Film Festival of the GDR for Die Architekten|
|1990||Prize of the Catholic Film Commission for Die Architekten|
|1978||FIPRESCI Award, International Film Festival in Leipzig for Trompete- Glocke- letzte Briefe (Trumpet, Bell, Last Letter, 1978)|
|1995-2012||Stubbe – Von Fall zu Fall (Stubbe – Case by Case, TV series)|
|2008||Meine schöne Nachbarin (My Beautiful Neighbor)|
|2008||Die rote Zora (Red Zora)|
|2006||Eine Liebe in Königsberg (A Love in Königsberg, TV)|
|2006||Ein Toter führt Regie (TV)|
|2005||Eine Mutter für Anna (A Mother for Anna, TV)|
|2005||Mein große Liebe (My Great Love, TV)|
|2004||Das blaue Wunder (The Blue Wonder, TV)|
|2003||Ein Vater für Klette (A Father for Klette, TV)|
|2000||Teuflischer Engel (Devilish Angel, TV)|
|1999||Bis zum Horizont und weiter (To the Horizon and Beyond)|
|1992||Cosimas Lexikon (Cosima"s Lexicon)|
|1990||Die Architekten (The Architects)|
|1987||Vorspiel (Ready for Life)|
|1984||Ete und Ali (Ete and Ali)|
|1983||Weiberwirtschaft (Women’s Work)|
|1982||Die Schüsse der Arche Noah (Shots from Noah’s Ark, assistant director)|
|1980||Pugowitza (Pugovitsa, assistant director)|