The German actress Jasmin Schwiers, star of Leander Haußmann’s “NVA”", and the German director Sven Taddicken, whose film “Emma’s Bliss” was a great audience success, are members of the jury that will present the NDR Award for Best Feature Film at the 51st Nordic Film Days Lübeck. 17 contemporary films from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Lithuania are competing for the prize, which will be awarded on 7th November within the framework of the Nordic Film Days Lübeck/Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein “Film Prize Night” at Theater Lübeck. The NDR jury also includes the producer Katharina Tenfeld, the actor Felix Kramer and the NDR editor Daniela Mussgiller.
Sven Taddicken, born in 1974 in Hamburg, studied directing at Film Academy Baden-Wuerttemberg in Ludwigsburg. Taddicken already received several film prizes for his first full-length feature film “My Brother the Vampire” (2001), about a mentally handicapped young man, including the audience award at Filmfestival Max-Ophüls-Preis. In 2004, Taddicken received a scholarship by Akademie der Künste Berlin, and has since been a member of Deutsche Filmakademie. His second feature film “Emma’s Bliss” (2006) became a huge Arthouse cinema success and won awards including the Audience Award and the Award for Best Screenplay at the Hamptons International Film Festival. Early December sees the release of Taddicken’s fervently anticipated pirate film “Pirates of the Baltic Sea” about the North Sea buccaneers Klaus Störtebeker and Gödeke Michels, played by Ronald Zehrfeld and Matthias Schweighöfer.
Jasmin Schwiers, born in 1982 in Eupen, Belgium, began her acting career in 1994 with a guest appearance in the TV series “Die Wache”, and gained particular popularity with the comedy series “Ritas Welt”, in which she acted the title role’s daughter from 1999 to 2001. Schwiers gave her cinema debut in 1999 with the comedy “It’s All Bob”. Roles in very different films ensued, including Joseph Vilsmaier’s “Leo & Claire” (2001), Robert Schwentke’s “Tattoo” (2001) and “Endlich Sex!” (2004). Jasmin Schwiers acted her first starring cinema role in Leander Haußmann’s “NVA” in 2005, and was awarded the Lilli-Palmer-Gedächtnis-Kamera in the same year. In 2007 Schwiers starred in Marcus O. Rosenmüller’s “Der fremde Gast” and in “Run for Your Life!”, here aside the young actor Max Riemelt.
Felix Kramer, born in 1973 in Berlin, initially completed a training as a prop carpenter before training to become an actor at the Ernst Busch acting school. After graduating, he worked at Staatstheater Stuttgart from 2003 to 2005. Since the 2005/2006 season he is employed by Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, where he acted in “Medea”, “Sorrows of Young Werther”, “The Caucasian Chalk Circle” and “Macbeth”, amongst others. Television productions starring Felix Kramer include the crime series “Bella Block” and “Tatort”. In the cinema, he played the role of Kurt the orthopaedist in Stefan Ruzowitzky’s “Anatomy 2” in 2003.
Katharina Tenfeld, born in Lübeck, worked as a press photographer in Hamburg for three years after finishing school. She then absolved a commercial training with the film production company “Schmidtz Katze Filmkollektiv”. Since 2007, Tenfeld is a financial manager there, supporting the team as production accountant during productions. “Schmidtz Katze Filmkollektiv” was represented at Nordic Film Lübeck as a co-producer of Nordic co-productions in the years 2006, 2007 and 2008. Shooting is about to begin for Katharina Tenfeld’s upcoming Nordic co-production “Simon and the Oaks”, an adaptation of the bestselling novel “Simon” by the Swedish author Marianne Fredriksson.
Daniela Mussgiller has been accompanying TV, cinema and debut films as an editor at NDR since 2001. Recent films produced under her supervision include the cinema films “Beautiful Women” (2003), “Die blaue Grenze” (2005) and “Buddenbrooks” (2007), as well as the TV productions “Alpenglühen” (2003/2004), “Meine Mutter, tanzend” (2007), “Das Geheimnis meiner Schwester” (2007), “Die Geschworene” (2007) and most recently “Kuckuckszeit” (2007). Daniela Mussgiller is also responsible for all debut activities at NDR and is in charge of the coordination of work by young talents at ARD.