Hans Fels

Hans Fels

Director, Camera Operator


Hans Fels is a renowned German film director, producer, and screenwriter. He is known for his unique cinematic flair and for creating a unique cinematic language. He was born in 1948 in East Germany and grew up in the former East German city of Berlin.

Fels began his career as a film editor and director in the late 1960s. He then directed a number of short films and documentaries before directing his first feature film, The Night of the Swallows (1972). This film was a great success and established Fels as one of the most respected directors of the New German Cinema.

Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Fels worked on a number of feature films, including the critically acclaimed The Legend of Paul and Paula (1973) and The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979). He also directed a number of television films and mini-series, including the award-winning A Woman in Berlin (1986).

In the late 1990s, Fels directed a number of Hollywood productions, including the blockbuster Air Force One (1997) and the romantic comedy Notting Hill (1999). He also directed the critically acclaimed drama The Reader (2008), which earned him an Academy Award nomination.

Fels has continued to work in both German and international cinema, and his films have been awarded numerous awards, including the Berlin International Film Festival's Silver Bear for The Legend of Paul and Paula (1973) and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for The Reader (2008).

His filmmaking style has been praised for its visual storytelling, as well as its emotional depth and complexity. Fels' films often explore themes of love, loss, guilt, and redemption. He is regarded as one of the most influential and important directors of the New German Cinema movement.

Throughout his career, Fels has continued to innovate and push boundaries in his filmmaking. He has created a unique cinematic language and his films are admired for their beauty and emotional depth. Hans Fels is an important figure in German and international cinema, and his work continues to influence filmmakers today.