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Helma Sanders-Brahms is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Co-Producer, Editor, Set Decoration and Makeup Artist Allemande born on 20 november 1940 at Lower Saxony (German)

Helma Sanders-Brahms

Helma Sanders-Brahms
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Nationality German
Birth 20 november 1940 at Lower Saxony (German)
Death 27 may 2014 (at 73 years) at Berlin (German)
Awards Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres‎

Helma Sanders-Brahms (20 November 1940 – 27 May 2014) was a German film director, screenwriter, producer and actress.

Biography

Sanders-Brahms studied acting in Hannover from 1960-62, and German, English, and pedagogy in Cologne from 1962-65. Her early career involved work as a television announcer and model. During a trip to Italy in 1967, she interned with film directors Pier Paolo Pasolini and Sergio Corbucci, a decisive experience in her choice to pursue film-making.
Beginning in 1969, she made her own films, writing her own screenplays and producing many of her films herself. Her film-making comprised both fiction and documentary films, and many of her films contain a strong autobiographical component.

Her early films engage critically with the themes of labour, migration, and the situation of women in West Germany. Under the Pavement Lies the Strand was a central film for the German women’s movement and for the student movement, as well as for the director's own emergence as an explicitly feminist film-maker. The controversial made for television movie Shirin’s Wedding depicted the tragic death of a Turkish migrant to Germany, addressing the subject of forced marriage.
From her reading of classic German literature, she developed a special sympathy for the work of Heinrich Von Kleist. At least three of her films are either based on, or explicitly refer to, that author.

Sanders-Brahms gained international recognition with Germany, Pale Mother, which addresses German women’s experiences during and after the Nazi period. Her final theatrical film Geliebte Clara ("Beloved Clara") concerned the love triangle between Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann, and Johannes Brahms, who was a distant relative of Sanders-Brahms. She then made one last work, a TV documentary So wie ein Wunder, about the musician Werner Heymann shown on German television in 2012.

Her films count among the most significant of the New German Cinema, and have been awarded many prizes at festivals worldwide. In 1982, she was a member of the jury at the 32nd Berlin International Film Festival. She was made an Officier of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and a member of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin.

Sanders-Brahms died in Berlin on 27 May 2014 after a long illness.

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Filmography of Helma Sanders-Brahms (10 films)

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Actress

The Future of Emily, 1h48
Directed by Helma Sanders-Brahms
Genres Drama
Themes Films about television
Actors Hildegard Knef, Brigitte Fossey, Helma Sanders-Brahms, Ivan Desny, Mathieu Carrière, Camille Raymond
Rating65% 3.299073.299073.299073.299073.29907
Isabelle Kahn is a successful film actress whose young daughter, Emily, is frequently cared for by her parents in Normandy while she's away working. After a production ends in Berlin, she returns to visit her daughter. However, the rejoicing is short-lived. Her smitten costar follows, and his presence sets off an intense clash between the self-centered thespian and her mother.
Under the Pavement Lies the Strand, 1h46
Directed by Helma Sanders-Brahms
Genres Drama
Themes Pregnancy films, Films about sexuality
Actors Heinz Hoenig, Helma Sanders-Brahms
Roles Narrator (voice)
Rating71% 3.5838353.5838353.5838353.5838353.583835
The film deals with the aftermath of the 1968 student rebellions in Germany as experienced by two fervent participants. Though the country experienced sweeping reforms in the years following, two radicals-turned-successful Berlin stage actors and lovers are grappling with their growing insignificance and the demands of adulthood. After a night of intense debate about the past and their future, the couple begins garnering support to fight a new abortion bill. However, their rekindled zeal is soon complicated by an unexpected pregnancy.

Director

Beloved Clara, 1h47
Directed by Helma Sanders-Brahms
Origin German
Genres Drama, Biography, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Films about classical music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Martina Gedeck, Nikolai Kinski, Pascal Greggory, Malik Zidi, Jacques Breuer, Béla Fesztbaum
Rating56% 2.8155052.8155052.8155052.8155052.815505
After a performance of Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor in Hamburg, where the couple get to know the young composer Johannes Brahms, Clara and Robert Schumann take up residence in their new home in Düsseldorf, where Robert begins his new job as musical director. The demands of composition of his new symphony, the Rhenish Symphony, leads to tension between him and Clara.
My Heart Is Mine Alone, 1h45
Directed by Helma Sanders-Brahms
Genres Drama
Themes Films about writers, Films about religion, Political films, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Lena Stolze
Rating60% 3.015153.015153.015153.015153.01515
The story of the real-life love affair between Jewish poetess Else Lasker-Schüler and Nazi poet Gottfried Benn is told largely through their poetry throughout the film. Lasker-Schüler is forced to leave the country because of the very ideology Benn espouses, and while she drifts from country to country en route to Jerusalem, he eventually realizes his mistake when the Nazis condemn his artistic school.
The Future of Emily, 1h48
Directed by Helma Sanders-Brahms
Genres Drama
Themes Films about television
Actors Hildegard Knef, Brigitte Fossey, Helma Sanders-Brahms, Ivan Desny, Mathieu Carrière, Camille Raymond
Rating65% 3.299073.299073.299073.299073.29907
Isabelle Kahn is a successful film actress whose young daughter, Emily, is frequently cared for by her parents in Normandy while she's away working. After a production ends in Berlin, she returns to visit her daughter. However, the rejoicing is short-lived. Her smitten costar follows, and his presence sets off an intense clash between the self-centered thespian and her mother.
No Mercy No Future, 1h48
Directed by Helma Sanders-Brahms, Jutta Brückner
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about religion, Films about psychiatry, Political films, Films set in psychiatric hospitals
Rating60% 3.0188353.0188353.0188353.0188353.018835
Veronika Christoph, the troubled daughter of uncaring bourgeoisie parents, has been institutionalized due to her schizophrenia. Without proper psychiatric treatment for her unearthly visions, she prowls the streets along the Berlin Wall at night in search of God, yet settles for the company of strange, exiled men.
Germany Pale Mother, 1h57
Directed by Helma Sanders-Brahms
Origin German
Genres Drama
Themes Political films
Actors Eva Mattes, Gisela Stein
Rating71% 3.589593.589593.589593.589593.58959
The film is narrated by Anna, a German woman who tells the story of her parents before, during and after World War II. Her mother, Lene, meets her father, Hans, and they fall in love and marry. As the war breaks out, Hans is conscripted into the army and Lene suffers through air raids in Berlin. Her relationship with Hans becomes increasingly strained during his infrequent returns home on leave. She gives birth to Anna, and undergoes great hardship to keep her safe, crossing a forest in winter to escape to her family in the country, and later living a life of poverty in the ruins of postwar Berlin. As life returns to normal after the war, she and Hans are unable to rekindle their love, and Lene spirals into depression, exacerbated by the affliction of a crippling facial paralysis. The film ends with the suicidal Lene facing a hopeless future.
Under the Pavement Lies the Strand, 1h46
Directed by Helma Sanders-Brahms
Genres Drama
Themes Pregnancy films, Films about sexuality
Actors Heinz Hoenig, Helma Sanders-Brahms
Rating71% 3.5838353.5838353.5838353.5838353.583835
The film deals with the aftermath of the 1968 student rebellions in Germany as experienced by two fervent participants. Though the country experienced sweeping reforms in the years following, two radicals-turned-successful Berlin stage actors and lovers are grappling with their growing insignificance and the demands of adulthood. After a night of intense debate about the past and their future, the couple begins garnering support to fight a new abortion bill. However, their rekindled zeal is soon complicated by an unexpected pregnancy.
Earthquake in Chile, 1h26
Directed by Helma Sanders-Brahms
Genres Drama
Themes Pregnancy films, Films about religion, Films about sexuality, Films about capital punishment, Disaster films, Films about earthquakes
Actors Raquel Rodrigo, Marisa Porcel, Fernando Sánchez Polack, Ángel Álvarez, Wolf Ackva, Marianne Wischmann
Rating59% 2.9852952.9852952.9852952.9852952.985295
Handsome Jeronimo Rugera is hired to tutor the rich heiress, Josephe Asteron. They fall in love, yet the church forbids their relationship, and Josephe is hidden in a convent. When the church discovers she is pregnant, Josephe is sentenced to death by decapitation. Jeronimo tracks her down, yet is jailed before he can rescue her. When fate intervenes in the form of a massive earthquake, the two lovers have no idea what is in store for them. Sanders-Brahms uses a voice-over of the first and final sentences of the book, placing them in the beginning and end of the film.

Scriptwriter

Beloved Clara, 1h47
Directed by Helma Sanders-Brahms
Origin German
Genres Drama, Biography, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Films about classical music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Martina Gedeck, Nikolai Kinski, Pascal Greggory, Malik Zidi, Jacques Breuer, Béla Fesztbaum
Rating56% 2.8155052.8155052.8155052.8155052.815505
After a performance of Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor in Hamburg, where the couple get to know the young composer Johannes Brahms, Clara and Robert Schumann take up residence in their new home in Düsseldorf, where Robert begins his new job as musical director. The demands of composition of his new symphony, the Rhenish Symphony, leads to tension between him and Clara.
My Heart Is Mine Alone, 1h45
Directed by Helma Sanders-Brahms
Genres Drama
Themes Films about writers, Films about religion, Political films, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Lena Stolze
Roles Writer
Rating60% 3.015153.015153.015153.015153.01515
The story of the real-life love affair between Jewish poetess Else Lasker-Schüler and Nazi poet Gottfried Benn is told largely through their poetry throughout the film. Lasker-Schüler is forced to leave the country because of the very ideology Benn espouses, and while she drifts from country to country en route to Jerusalem, he eventually realizes his mistake when the Nazis condemn his artistic school.