Stieler, Laila


Laila Stieler was born in 1965 in Neustadt/Orla, East Germany, and went to school in Berlin. After graduating from secondary school, she worked at Elektrokohle Lichtenberg. From 1986 to 1990, she studied dramaturgy at the Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen in Potsdam-Babelsberg (now Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF). Since graduating, she has worked as a freelance scriptwriter, dramaturg and producer for cinema and television. Working with directors such as Andreas Dresen, Doris Dörrie, Dagmar Hirtz, Tim Trageser and Maria Schrader, she has helped create many awarded films.


Noticeable is Stieler’s long-time collaboration with director Andreas Dresen that goes back to the late 1980s, when they were both students at the film academy. Stieler co-wrote the script for Dresen’s debut feature film, Stilles Land, a comedy set shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall and which took the 1993 International Film Festival in Berlin by storm, receiving both the Hesse Film Award and the German Critics’ Award. It was followed by many other collaborations including Die Polizistin, the winner of the Coup de Coeur Jury Prize at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, Wolke 9, about love and sexual intimacy in old age, and 

Gundermann, a feature film about the East German singer-songwriter. She also wrote the screenplay for Dresen’s drama Rabiye Kurnaz gegen George W. Bush, based on true events, about Rabiye Kurnaz, whose son Murat was imprisoned as an alleged terrorist in the U.S. prison camp Guantanamo. The film premiered in competition at the 2022 Berlinale International Film Festival, where Stieler won a Silver Bear for Best Screenplay. Her next screenplay, In Liebe, eure Hilde (dir. Andreas Dresen), a biographical film about Hilde Coppi, a member of the Red Orchestra, is currently in post-production.


Laila Stieler received much praise for her six-part television series Tina Mobil (dir. Richard Huber), about a Berlin woman with three kids who starts a mobile bakery after she loses her job. The script for this humorous series was awarded by the Deutsche Fernsehakademie.


As producer, Stieler worked successfully on numerous TV films, including Ein verlockendes Angebot and Neufeld, mitkommen!. And from 1996 to 2020, Laila Stieler has taught Creative Producing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg and the Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen in Munich.


Currently, Stieler is working on a film adaption of the autobiography Der Tastenficker: An was ich mich erinnern kann (2017) written by Flake, the keyboarder of the East German band Feeling B and later Rammstein. The film script will focus on the contradictory time in the late 1980s when the anarchic young punk band conquers East German stages while the country is in its final days. (Written in Nov. 2023)


Festivals & Awards:

2022 German Television Academy, Best Script, for Tina Mobil, Berlin
2022 Adolf Grimme Prize in Gold for Best Script (Feature Films), for Tina Mobil, Marl
2022 Berlin International Film Festival, Silver Bear for Best Script, for Rabiye Kurnaz gegen George W. Bush, Berlin
2019 German Film Award for Best Script, for Gundermann, Berlin
2008 Coup de Coeur Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival, for Wolke 9
2005 International Literature Film Prize for Best International film Adaptation, for Willenbrock, Frankfurt
2001 Best Script, Adolf Grimme Award in Gold, for Die Polizistin
2000 Best Script, TV Award, German Academy for the Performing Arts, for Die Polizistin
2000 Best Script, Teleplay Award, Baden-Baden TV Film Festival, for Die Polizistin


Bibliography & More:

Interview, Writing about Daily Life. Amherst, MA: DEFA Film Library Newsletter. Feb. 2011.







2024 In Liebe, eure Hilde (From Hilde, With Love, S)
2022 Kalt (Cold, TV, D)
2022 Rabiye Kurnaz gegen George W. Bush (Rabiye Kurnaz vs. George W. Bush, S)
2021 Tina Mobil (Tina Mobile, TV Series, S)
2018 Gundermann (S)
2017 Eine Braut kommt selten allein (A Bride Comes Rarely by Herself, S)
2016 Die Opfer – Vergesst mich nicht (Victims: Don't Forget About Me!, TV, S)
2015 Brief an mein Leben (A Letter to My Life, TV, D)
2015 Neufeld, mitkommen! (Neufeld, Follow!, TV, P)
2013 Willkommen auf dem Land (Welcome to the Countryside, TV, S, P)
2011 Die Lehrerin (The Teacher, TV, S)
2010 Die Friseuse (The Hairdresser, S)
2009 Wohin mit Vater? (Where to Put Dad? TV, S)
2009 Mein Mann, sein geliebte und ich (My Husband, His Lover and I, TV, S)
2008 Patchwork (TV, S)
2008 Wolke 9 (Cloud 9, S)
2007 Ein verlockendes Angebot (A Compelling Offer, TV, S, P)
2007 Liebesleben (Love Life, S, D)
2004 Willenbrock (S)
2000 Schwiegermutter (Mother-In-Law, TV, S)
2000 Die Polizistin (The Policewoman, TV, S)
1997 Die Konkurrentin (The Competitor, TV, S)
1994 Mein unbekannter Ehemann (My Unknown Husband, S)
1992 Stilles Land (Silent Country, S)
1990 So schnell es geht nach Istanbul (Shortcut to Istanbul, S)

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