Director of Film, One Fine Day Films, Berlin, Germany
Photo: Joachim Gern
Tom Tykwer is one of Germany’s most exciting filmmakers today. He achieved his international breakthrough in 1999 with Run Lola Run, an adrenaline-fuelled box-office hit which he wrote and directed. The film starring Franka Potente was a commercial and critical success, going on to become the most successful German film of that year.
His subsequent film, The Princess and the Warrior, also starred Franka Potente. Then his first English-language film, Heaven, featured Cate Blanchett and Giovanni Ribisi.
In 2006 Tykwer co- wrote and directed Perfume: The Story of a Murderer starring Ben Wishaw, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Rickman and Rachel Hurd-Wood, a sumptuous and provocative adaptation of the seminal book.
His next film was the sleek thriller The International with Clive Owen and Naomi Watts. Recently he completed the German language film 3 (Three).
Tykwer’s earlier films include Wintersleepers and his debut, Deadly Maria.
His latest movie, Cloud Atlas, is an epic story co-directed with Lana and Andy Wachowski and is scheduled for release in late autumn 2012.