Kahane, Peter


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)
2007 Tamara (doc.)
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)

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