Ulrike Koch

Ulrike Koch

Director, Writer


Ulrike Koch is a German director and screenwriter whose films have been recognized for their compelling stories and creative visual style. She is best known for her feature films “The Wicker Man” and “The White Ribbon”.

Koch was born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1963. She studied film at the University of Television and Film in Munich and began her career as a television director for the German TV network ZDF. She made her feature film debut in 1992 with the family drama “The Wicker Man”, which won several awards including a Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Koch’s second feature film, “The White Ribbon”, was released in 2009 and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language film. The film tells the story of a mysterious series of events that take place in a small German village prior to World War I. It won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and was widely praised by critics for its visual style and storytelling.

Koch has continued to work in both television and feature films since “The White Ribbon”. Her other films include “The Wall” (2011), “Before the Fall” (2013), and “The Book of Shadows” (2015). She also collaborated with her husband, writer/director Robert Schwentke, on the science fiction film “The Time Traveler’s Wife” (2009), which was adapted from Audrey Niffenegger’s novel of the same name.

Koch’s films often explore themes such as love, loss, and the consequences of violence. She has been praised for her unique visual style, which often incorporates a mixture of realism and surrealism. She is also known for her ability to evoke emotion in her audience through her characters and stories.

Koch continues to be one of the most respected and acclaimed filmmakers from Germany. Her films have been shown in festivals around the world and have been praised for their originality and emotional power. She is an inspiration to aspiring filmmakers, and her influence on contemporary cinema is undeniable.

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