Two Lives / Zwei Leben (Feature Film)

Writer and Director. Starring Juliane Köhler, Liv Ullmann, Ken Duken, Sven Nordin, Julia Bache-Wiig

DOP: Judith Kaufmann. German-Norwegian Co-Production, 100 min, 2012.

TWO LIVES tells the story of Katrine who is living a happy life with her family in Norway and who suddenly is forced to get back into her former life of an east german spy in order to prevent that her secret is revealed. In a combination of thriller and family drama the film tells a story that is based on true events.

Fotos ©2012 TOM TRAMBOW


Juliane Köhler

Liv Ullmann

Sven Nordin

Ken Duken

Julia Bache Wiig

Rainer Bock

Thomas Lawinky

Klara Manzel

Vicky Krieps

Dennis Storhoi

Ursula Werner

Ellen Birgitte Winther

Ralf Dittrich

Christian Steyer

Jürgen Rißmann

Daniel Krauss

Holger Handke

Matthias Harrebye Brandt

Aurora Aloysius Jensen


Georg Maas

Georg Maas, Christoph Tölle, Stale Stein Berg, Judith Kaufmann

Zinnober Film, Dieter Zeppenfeld
Helgeland Film, Axel Helgeland
B & T Film, Rudi Teichmann

Judith Kaufmann

Hansjörg Weissbrich

Bader El Hindi

Ute Paffendorf

Susana Sanchez Nunez

Thomas Angell Endresen

Dirk Jacob

Martin Steyer

Christoph M. Kaiser und Julian Maas

Two Lives
Shortlisted Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (December 2013)
Best Feature Film (Bronze Lola): German Film Award 2014
Best Feature Film (Golden Beaver): 34th International Film Festival Biberach, Germany (Nov. 2012)
Best Young Director (NDR Award): 24th Int. Film Festival Emden, Germany (July 2013)
Best Screenplay 7th Five Lakes Film Festival, Starnberg, Germany (August 2013)
Best Screenplay The Dublin Film Critics Circle Award 2014 (Jameson Dublin Int. Film Festival)
Best Screenplay (Nomination): Preis der Deutschen Filmkritik, 2014
Best Actrice Juliane Köhler. 18th Festival of Young Directors, St. Jean de Luz, France (Oct. 2013)
Best Actrice (Nomination): Juliane Köhler, German Film Award 2014
Best Editing Hansjörg Weissbrich, German Film Award 2014

Audience Awards
– 24th International Festival of Historic Film, Pessac, France (November 2013)
– 18th Festival of Young Directors, St. Jean de Luz, France (October 2013)
– Audi Festival of German Films (Golden Gnome), Australia, (May 2013)
– Berlin and Beyond Festival, San Francisco, USA (January 2014)

Opening Film
– Festival of German Films, St. Petersburg, Russia (December 2013)
– Audi Festival of German Films in Australia (May 2013)
– International Filmwochenende Würzburg, Germany (March 2013)
– Festival of German Films, Lünen, Germany, (November 2012)
-International Film Festival Bergen, Norway (October 2012)

Closing Film
– Festival of German Films, Paris, (August 2013)
– 18th Stony Brook Filmfestival, New York (July 2013)

NewFoundLand / NeuFundLand (Feature Film)

Writer and Director. Starring Jochen Nickel, Anna Loos, Axel Prahl, Juliane Köhler

DOP: Sophie Maintigneux. Produced by Zinnober Film, 90 min, 2003.

Some time after the death of his wife, the West German widower Robert travels to the states of the former GDR to install coin-in-the-slot telescopes and to flee the past. In Saxony he gets to know Christiane, who looks surprisingly similar to his deceased wife. Robert is strongly attracted to her, but experiences that he will never be able to get involved with the new without letting go of the old.



Geneva Grand Prize 2003 for best Screenplay,

Audience Award (Best Film) Würzburg 2003


2003 – nominated for Bernhard-Wicki-Preis of Int. Filmfestival Emden-Aurich-Norderney.

Breathlessnee / Atemnot (Feature Film)

Regie • Buch zusammen mit Thomas von Bennigsen • Spielfilm mit Matthias Haase, Christiana Krüger und Adolf Laimböck

Der Zimmermann Gerd erkrankt an allergischem Asthma. Als er erfährt, dass seine Atemnot durch winzig kleine Spinnentiere im Hausstaub ausgelöst wird, beginnt er, sein idyllisches Landhaus zu einer gigantischen Überlebensmaschine umzubauen…
Redaktion: Eckart Stein und Anne Even / ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel


The Buddha Walla (Documentary)

Written and directed by Georg Maas and Dieter Zeppenfeld

DOP: Georg Maas. Produced by Zinnober Film, 90 min, 2010.

A vivid portrait of buddhist meditation teacher Christopher Titmuss. Being from english origin, he lived as a monk in Thailand for many years and leads meditation retreats all over the world. His attitude of buddhism is clear, political, full of humour – and definitely includes social engagement. The film follows him to Israel, Thailand, India, Australia, the US and Germany.


Christopher Titmuss and the teachings of the Buddha

Georg Maas und Dieter Zeppenfeld

Kali Franciska von Koch
Dieter Zeppenfeld

Georg Maas

zusätzliche Kamera
Dieter Zeppenfeld
Tom Riddle
Damon Zumbroegel

Dieter Zeppenfeld

Dieter Zeppenfeld
Georg Maas
Markus Belde

Translator in Thailand
Suddhinand Jantakul

Translator in Palestine
Rawda Basir

Uli Maas

Anna Lytton

Tom Riddle

Colour correction
Clemens Seiz

Sound design

German translation/Subtitles
Anna Lytton

Dieter Zeppenfeld

With special thanks to:
Gail Seneca and Hal Nathan

Special thanks also to:
Ariane Gutmann
Chad Bennet
Dr. Jain’s Guest House, Sarnath, India
Ein dor
Foundation for Burma
Haus der Stille, Germany
Itamar Newmann
Kabir Saxena
Karen Bennet
Karin Klinger
Kye Allwood
Le Moulin Meditation Centre, France
Lord Abbot, Thai Monastery, Bodh Gaya
Lord Abbot, Thai Monastery, Sarnath
Lynn Klinger
Meichee Patomwon
Michael Hellback
Nicole Stern
Nshorna Titmuss
Participants of the Dharma Facilitators Programme
Participants of retreats
Paul Koppler
Peggy Titmuss
Pauenhof Buddhist Centre, Dusseldorf, Germany
Pragya Vihar School, India
Radha Nicholson
Rowda Basir
Stephen Fulder
Shelly Sharon
Sister Mary
Sonya Kumar
Spirit Rock Meditation Centre, California
Stacy Zumbroegel
Thai Monastry Bodh Gaya, India
Thai Monastery Sarnath, India
Tineke Osterloh
Tovana, Israel
Venerable Ajahn Po
Waldhaus Buddhist Centre, Germany
Wat Sai Ngam, Thailand
Wat Chai Na, Thailand
Wat Thao Kot, Thailand
Wat Suanmoke, Thailand

The Real World of Peter Gabriel (Documentary)

Written and directed by Georg Maas and Dieter Zeppenfeld

DOP: Markus Belde. Produced by Zinnober Film, 52 min, 2009.

In the beginning of the 80s, rock star Peter Gabriel composed his first political song „Biko“. The film tells the story of the journey Peter Gabriel took from this starting point to his large political and social engagement. Gabriel’s work combines philosphy, technology and art. He tries to dissolve the line between „us and them“ and to develop a positive vision of „globalisation“.


»Dieter Zeppenfeld und Georg Maas (haben sich) für eine von jeder kontroversen Überlegung freie Darstellung entschieden…«
Kritik lesen:

»Ein Film über den Musiker Peter Gabriel erzählt noch mal die alten Geschichten…«
(Hans Hoff, Süddeutsche Zeitung, 6.8.2009)
Kritik lesen:

Banff World Television Award and Global Television Festival Rose d’Or.

Pathfinders / PfadFinder (Documentary)

Written and directed by Georg Maas.

DOP: Matl Findel and Georg Maas. Produced by Zinnober Film, 100 min, 1998.

What starts off as a trip by two globetrotters in South Africa soon turns into a story of love, death and incredible events.”Pathfinders” is a documentary road movie, a vivid journey through distant and inner landscapes: the confrontation of two people, who made their plans during the 70s, with fate. The film was shot in South Africa, Bali, Australia and Germany.


scenario:Thomas v. Bennigsen – Georg Maas

camera: Matl Findel – Georg Maas

editing: Frank Behnke

sound design: Marilyn Janssen – Frank Behnke

mastering and effects: Dorothee Plass

producer: Dieter Zeppenfeld

director: Georg Maas

production company: ZINNOBER Film – und Fernsehproduktion

german and english version available

DVD to buy:

Escaped / Abgehauen (Documentary)

Written and directed by Georg Maas. Produced by Zinnober Film, 30 min, 1998.

A documentary about 14 year-old kids who ran away from their parents and who live homeless on the streets of Cologne, Germany. They let us know why they left their families and what their persepctives are for the future to come.

The Other Universe Of Klaus Beyer / Das andere Universum des Klaus Beyer (Documentary)

Written and directed by Georg Maas and Frank Behnke. Produced by Georg Maas, 30 min, 1994.

The first film about the Berlin based underground artist Klaus Beyer. He has been working in a factory since 25 years and throughout time he has been making the most stunning Super 8 Films you can think of. Klaus is making his films all on his own: acting, shooting, editing. He wants to make one film about each song of the Beatles and he performs and sings their songs himself. Art brut at its best.


Torture and its Consequences / Über den Abgrund zwischen den Schritten (Documentary)

Writer, Director and Producer, 30 min, 1993.

A film about Torture And It´s Consequences. Three men who survived severe torture in their home countries describe the incredible hell they have gone through. The film then puts his focus on the difficult situation these people face once they manage to escape to Germany. They do not know if they will get asylum or if they will be sent back “home”.

What can I do? (Music video)

Writer and Director. Produced by Stephan Guntli, 3 min, 1993

Music – video for the East Berlin rock band “Die Skeptiker”. The video is based on the editing techniques of „10 ¾ Inch“, but the monophone structure has been opened up towards a polyphone universe of multiple visual layers.

10 ¾ Inch / 10 ¾ Zoll (video-installation)

Writer, Director, DOP, Editor. Produced by DFFB and Delcom, 4 min, 1986.

Video-installation on a video wall of 96 monitors, based on the rhythm of the video “10 ¾ Inch”, shown on the Photokina 1986 in cologne, and, on a smaller wall of monitors in Munich in the same year.

Lead A Normal Life / Ein normales Leben (Short film)

Writer, Director. Produced by DFFB, 14 min, 1987.

Short film about a man (Frank Behnke) who can´t find the way out of his home in the morning. He wants to go to work, but all the doors he opens to get out lead him back inside. He has to come up with a stunning idea to finally leave home, but then things get even worse…

The film is inspired by the song “Lead A Normal Life” by Peter Gabriel.


10 ¾ Inch / 10 ¾ Zoll (Short film)

Writer, Director, DOP, Editor. Produced by DFFB, 4 min, 1986.

An experimental video based on pictures and sounds of construction work. Documentary video material (all shot in close up´s) has been organized rhytmically by computers based on a composition made by a musician. Art Brut video music of a day at work. A classic of german video art of the 80s.

Here Comes The Sun / Die Sonne kommt (Short film)

Writer, Director, DOP, SFX, Editor. Produced by DFFB, 20 min, 1988.

“Here Comes The Sun” is an experimentalfilm about a lonely worker on his way home after work. The film has no dialogue and only shows scenes from daily life, creating a claustrophobic atmosphere with the use of optical effects from the times of silent movies. The film introduces Berlin based underground artist Klaus Beyer in his first leading part in a film that has not been directed by himself.


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