Benjamin Heisenberg




Born in Tübingen. Studied sculpture from 1993 to 1999 at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich; from 1995 to 1997 he was assistant to Prof. Dr. Grasskamp, chair of art history. Studied directing from 1997 to 2005 at the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF). Founded the film magazine “Revolver” with Christoph Hochhäusler and Sebastian Kutzli, and has worked as editor and co-publisher since 1998. Benjamin Heisenberg has worked as a freelance film director, author and visual artist since 1999.

His films include: MILCHWALD (THIS VERY MOMENT, 2003, script co-author with Christoph Hochhäusler); DIE GELEGENHEIT (THE OPPORTUNITY, 2004, short film, script and direction, awards include: Grand Prix du Jury at Angers European First Film Festival, Starter Film Award of the city of Munich); SCHLAFER (SLEEPER, 2005, script and direction, awards include: First Steps Award, Max-Ophüls-Preis, Prix Special du Jury at Angers European First Film Festival and Best Movie at Festival Tous Ecrans, Geneva and Festival du Cinéma Politique, Barcelona; and RÄUBER (THE ROBBER, 2010, script and direction, awards include: Bavarian Film Award in category Best Young Director, and Austrian Film Award for Best Director).

In addition to his film work, Benjamin Heisenberg continues to work as a visual artist. One of his several exhibitions and videos is the film ER (HE, collaboration with Clemens Krauss), exhibited in Berlin, Vienna and Nuremberg and participant in the Videonale in Bonn. His awards for visual art include the Leonhard and Ida Wolf Memorial Award, Munich in 1999; a fine art grant from the city of Munich (Förderpreis für Bildende Kunst der Stadt München) in 2001; and together with his brother Emanuel Heisenberg, first prize in the art-in-architecture contest for the NS-Dokumentationszentrum in Munich.