Edgar Reitz

Edgar Reitz

Actor, Director, Screenplay, Writer, Director of photography


Edgar Reitz is a German filmmaker who is best known for his work on the Heimat film series. He was born in Morbach, Germany in 1932 and grew up in rural Rhineland. Reitz studied philosophy, history, and literature at the University of Mainz, and then went on to study at the University of Television and Film Munich. His early works were short films, such as "The Village Schoolmaster" (1957) and "The Big Prize" (1959).

In the 1960s, Reitz continued to make shorts, but also began to work on feature films. His first feature film was "The Long Way Home" (1964). This film was an exploration of the German people and their relationship with the past. It was well-received and was awarded the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Reitz followed this success with other films such as "My Father's House" (1965) and "Struggle for Survival" (1969).

In 1984, Reitz released his most famous work, the Heimat trilogy. This series follows the lives of a family in rural Germany from 1919 to 2000. The trilogy was a critical success, and was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Reitz continued to explore the theme of German identity in his later works, such as "Home from Home" (2010) and "Die andere Heimat" (2013).

Throughout his career, Reitz has earned numerous awards and accolades. In 2002, he was awarded the German Film Award for lifetime achievement. In 2006, he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. In 2011, he was awarded the Order of Merit of Rhineland-Palatinate.

Edgar Reitz has been a major force in German cinema for over 50 years. His films have explored the complex relationship between the German people and their past, and have earned him international recognition and acclaim. He is a master storyteller and his works remain influential and relevant to this day.


Nov. 1, 1932