Peter Schamoni

Peter Schamoni

Actor, Director, Writer, Producer


Peter Schamoni (1939 - 2021) was a German film director, screenwriter, and producer. His films are known for their exploration of German history and culture. He was born in Stuttgart and started his career in the theatre.

Schamoni gained recognition for his feature films, which he began directing in the late 1960s. His first feature, Die Ehe der Maria Braun (The Marriage of Maria Braun), was released in 1979 and won nine German Film Awards. It was the first part of his “Heimat Trilogy,” which examined the social and political history of post-war Germany.

Schamoni's other notable works include Der Fangschuss (The Fatal Shot, 1982), Der starke Ferdinand (Strong Ferdinand, 1983), and Der Alte Affe Angst (Old Fear, 2003). His films often depict the struggles of his characters to come to terms with their past and find a place in the modern world. He also explored the theme of German identity in his films, such as Der starke Ferdinand, which tells the story of a young German man trying to find his place in the world.

Schamoni also wrote and directed several documentaries, including Der Wiederstand kommt aus dem Wald (Resistance Comes from the Woods), which portrays the story of German deserters during World War II. His other documentaries include Der verlorene Sohn (The Lost Son), about the life of a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust, and Der Tag der Freiheit (The Day of Freedom), which explores the reunification of Germany.

In addition to his film work, Schamoni was an active member of the German film community. He founded the Berlinale Talent Campus in 2003 and was a founding member of the Akademie der Künste in Germany. He was also a professor of film at the University of Konstanz.

Throughout his career, Schamoni received numerous awards for his work. He was awarded the German Federal Film Award in 1996 and was also honored with the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2012.

Peter Schamoni was a major figure in German film and a major influence on filmmakers for decades. His films are a lasting testament to his artistry and his commitment to exploring German identity and history.