Volker Schlöndorff is one of the most prominent and globally successful German filmmakers. He has a passion for creating film adaptations of German and international literary classics. He takes on works that are not considered filmable with enthusiasm, making them accessible and comprehensible to a broad public. His repertoire also includes works that are critical of society. All of his films have depth and, at the same time, are entertaining.
Volker Schlöndorff was awarded an Oscar for his screen adaptation of Günter Grass's novel The Tin Drum and a César for his current film, Diplomacy.
In 1964 Schlörndorff created his first own film, Young Törless. It was followed by many others – the lively, wicked mix of genres in A Degree of Murder and a variety of other genres such as the regional drama The Sudden Wealth of the Poor People of Kombach, the Western-like adaptation with Man on Horseback or the stories of emancipation in A Free Woman or The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum together with Margarethe von Trotta.