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Andreas Veiel

Andres Veiel



Andres Veiel was born in 1959. He spent his secondary school years in his native Stuttgart, where in the 1970s he followed the Baader-Meinhof trials in Stuttgart- Stammheim, and saw plays by new radical theatre directors such as Claus Peyman who addressed topical issues, and charged theatre with a new political relevance. In 1982 Veiel moved to Berlin for his studies and embarked on a degree in psychology. From 1985 onwards he also took part in film seminars with Krzysztof Kieslowski, who encouraged him to pursue directing film. He started his first film A Winter Night’s Dream in 1991.
Andres Veiel’s main subject is Germany’s recent history, its social and political fabric, which he approaches through close encounters with individual people. Whether he tries to reconstruct the biographies of three classmates who committed suicide as in The Survivors, or becomes the acute observer of four acting students struggling through drama school as in Addicted to Acting, he is always as interested in his protagonists’ individuality as in the constraints that family, institutions and ideologies impose. In order to make these tangible he has developed a sensitive interview technique and the ability to capture the character of relevant locations. His desire to understand pervades his films, which offer a complex rather than a single argument. Moving, but never manipulative, they give us the space to draw our own conclusions.
Veiel’s continuous interest in the theatre has resulted in three plays and is apparent in almost all his films. It can be the subject of a film as in Balagan or Addicted to Acting, or a formal approach to a subject as in The Kick, where a particularly cruel, allegedly Neo-Nazi influenced murder that had previously been much exploited by the media is approached from a distance.
Veiel spends a long time on his projects, and they stay with him. He has recently returned to the subject of Black Box Germany and made his first foray into fiction, If Not Us, Who? - a film about the pre-history of the Baader-Meinhof Gang.


Winternachstraum (82´, Germany, 1992)
Balagan (90´, Germany, 1993)
Die Überlebenden/ The Survivors (90´, Germany, 1996)
Drei von Tausend - Wer schafft die Schauspielprüfung? (44´, Germany, 1999)
Black Box BRD/ Black Box Germany (101´, Germany, 2001)
Die Spielwütingen/ Addicted to Acting (108´, Germany, 2004)
Der Kick/ The Kick (82´, Germany, 2006)
24 h Berlin - Ein Tag im Leben (1440´, Germany, 2009) – segment director
If Not Us, Who?/ Wer wenn nicht wir (124´, Germany, 2011)

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The Kick

Der Kick (Orig.) / 2005 / Germany / 82 min

On the night of 13 July 2002, the Schönfeld brothers and their friend Sebastian Fink killed sixteen-year-old Marinus Schöberl, after first humiliating and beating him. Inspired by the film American History X (1998) they broke the helpless young man's neck by kicking him in the back of the neck...





“My work has two strands: the first one deals with direct political images of violence, aggression and protest, mostly in Israeli-Palestinian context. It’s critique of news media, researching the complex, both realistic and surrealistic aspects of these images. The second strand of videos is more abstract and universal, dealing with cognitive, environmental and existential issues,” says the director about his works.

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Charter 77

Charter 77

We commemorate the 40th anniversary of the founding of Charter 77 by presenting documentary profiles of the signatories to this important initiative of anti-communist resistance. Learn more about the context of this historical event by means of an authentic film experience.

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Merry and Cinematic Christmas from DAFilms!

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A bonus subscription to DAFilms.com is a present you will never get tired of thanks to its diversity. You can get it for your close ones or just for yourself.

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