Director Jan Schütte speaks about his work
April 22, 2010
Film director Jan Schütte speaks about his work. Schütte studied literature, art history and philosophy and began making movies in 1982. His first feature length film Dragon's Chow (1987) premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where it garnered Schütte the Premio Cinecritica (critics award); it later screened at more than fifty film festivals worldwide, and won awards such as the Prix François Truffaut, Prix Unesco, and the German Film Prize. With Winkelmann's Travels (which premiered at the 1990 Venice Film Festival) and Bye Bye America (which premiered at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival) Schütte went on to develop his unique vision. His next film Fat World (Locarno 1998) was released by Polygram in 1998, his biopic of Bertold Brecht, The Farewell, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000. Supertex (San Sebastian 2003) was based on a novel by Dutch writer Leon de Winter.Schütte's most recent movie Love Comes Lately (Toronto 2007) was based on three short stories by Nobel laureate Isaak B. Singer and been released in more then 20 countries. He has also directed critically acclaimed documentaries and cinematic essays such as Lost in America (1988), To Patagonia (1991), A Voyage to the Innermost of Vienna (1995). Since 1994 Schütte has taught directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg and was a visiting professor at Harvard University in 2006 and at Dartmouth College in 2000 and 2008. He is a member of the European Film Academy and the Academy of Arts in Berlin/Germany. In 2002 Schütte, together with Martin Scorsese, Abbas Kiarostami and Tilda Swinton, was a member of the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival and in 2008 he was on the International Dramatic Jury at the Sundance Film Festival. Schütte and his wife Christina Szápáry have four children and live in Berlin.