Zschoche, Herrmann


Herrmann Zschoche was born in Dresden in 1934. He worked as an assistant and director of photography for the East German television news program, Aktuelle Kamera. Zschoche studied directing at the German Film Academy in Potsdam-Babelsberg from 1954-1959, and became an assistant director to Frank Beyer (Star-Crossed Lovers, 1962).


From 1960 to 1991, Zschoche was a director at the DEFA Studio for Feature Film. His first successes were primarily children’s films, based on books by East German authors, followed by films about young people that struck a chord among the general public. Prominent themes in Zschoche’s work are the emancipation of women and the critical confrontation between young people and the older generation. His film, Bürgschaft für ein Jahr, about a divorced mother with three children, won Katrin Saß the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 1982 Berlin Film Festival.


Karla, a film on which he collaborated with author Ulrich Plenzdorf, was banned in 1965, along with a dozen other DEFA films. Officials labeled the film as nihilistic, skeptical, and hostile. Only in 1990, after the fall of the Wall, was Karla shown in cinemas.


From 1990 until he retired in 1998, Zschoche mainly directed films for major German television stations. In 2002, he published Sieben Sommersprossen und andere Erinnerungen (Seven Freckles and Other Memories), about his experience at the East German film studios. Herrmann Zschoche was DEFA Film Library's Artist-In-Residence in 2016. In 2019, he was honored with the Golden Camera by the Berlin International Film Festival.


Festivals & Awards:

2019 Golden Camera, Berlin International Film Festival
2017 Eolomea, Berlin International Film Festival
2016 Artist-In-Residence, DEFA Film Library at UMass Amherst, USA
2016 Honorary "Schlingel" Award, International Children's and Youth's Festival, Chemnitz, Germany
2016 Carla, Retrospective, Germany 1966, Museum of Modern Art, New York
2016 Carla, Retrospective, Germany 1966, Berlin International Film Festival
2014 Hölderlin Ring, Hölderlin Society in Nürtingen, Germany, for Half of Life
2007 Eolomea, Oslo 70mm-Festival, Norway
1992 Eolomea, Berlin International Film Festival
1990 FIPRESCI Prize & Interfilm Award - Honorable Mention, Forum, Berlin International Film Festival, for Carla
1982 Nominated for Golden Bear, Berlin International Film Festival, for On Probation
1982 Nominated for Gold Hugo, Chicago International Film Festival, for On Probation
1982 OCIC Prize, Berlin International Film Festival, for Bürgschaft für ein Jahr
1982 Best Contemporary DEFA Film of the Year 1981, Critics' Prize of the GDR Association of Film and Television Professionals for Bürgschaft für ein Jahr
1982 Best Director, National Feature Film Festival, Karl-Marx-Stadt for Bürgschaft für ein Jahr


1996-97 Kurklinik Rosenau (Spa Clinic Rosenau, TV series)
1994 Natalie – Endstation Babystrich (Natalie – End Station Baby, TV)
1994 Die Schamlosen (Shameless Ones, TV)
1993 Geschichten aus der Heimat (Stories from the Homeland, TV)
1991 Drei Damen am Grill (Three Ladies at the Grill, TV series)
1989 Das Mädchen aus dem Fahrstuhl (The Girl from the Elevator)
1989 Grüne Hochzeit (Just Married)
1987 Die Alleinseglerin (The Solo Sailor)
1984 Hälfte des Lebens (Half of Life)
1983 Insel der Schwäne (Swan Island)
1981 Bürgschaft für ein Jahr (On Probation)
1980 Und nächstes Jahr am Balaton (And Next Year By Lake Balaton)
1979 Glück im Hinterhaus (Rear House Bliss)
1978 Sieben Sommersprossen (Seven Freckles)
1977 Feuer unter Deck (Fire Below Deck)
1974 Liebe mit 16 (Love at 16)
1972 Eolomea
1969 Weite Straßen – stille Liebe (Long Roads – Secret Love)
1968 Leben zu zweit (Life for Two)
1965/90 Karla (Carla)
1963 Lütt Matten und die weiße Muschel (Little Matten and the White Shell)
1961 Das Märchenschloss (The Fairy Tale Castle)

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