Benjamin Geissler




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or the last rose of Noto

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writer, director, director of photography, editor and producer

Languages: German, Italian, English.

My goal is to create high quality products that provide rich authenticity, where at different levels the observation of reality goes together with a poetic film language. Products for an international audience – young and old.

Benjamin Geissler was born 1964 in Ohrbeck near Osnabrück, Germany, presently he lives in Hamburg. 
For 28 years he has worked as an author, director, DoP, cutter, editor and producer in the film industry. 

Professional Experience
His first work experiences arise in contact with nature and handicraft: 1978 – 1985 Geissler leads a lumberjack company. 1987 he worked for a year in small scale artisanal enterprises in Italy. 1989 second assistant director for Karl Fruchtmann "trotzdem", RB.  

1990 Geissler debut as director with documentary film Bussmanns in the Wood , 90' min. (16mm),(long-term observation) ZDF – "Das kleine Fernsehspiel" –  Idea, Direction, Editing. 
Festivals, Special Screenings: Osnabrück, Tage des unabhängigen Films 1990, COMUNE DI BOLOGNA, Assessorato alla Cultura – Cineteca – Commissione Cinema 1993.

In the 90s Geissler also worked as a Supervisor in the dubbing of over 140 feature films as: Broadway Bound by Neil Simon, Simple Men by Hal Hartley, Bad Lieutenant by Abel Ferrara, ¡Dispara! by Carlos Saura, Le vie del signore sono finite by Massimo Troisi, Puerto Escondido by Gabriele Salvatores, Il segreto del bosco vecchio by Ermanno Olmi. 

1994 he funded the own production company, Benjamin Geissler Filmproduktion specializing in long-term research projects in theatrical format.
There arise:
Vincenzo Floridia, or the last rose of Noto, (D/I 1995, documentary 69'30" min., Beta SP), RAITRE / Niedersächsische Filmförderung – Production, Idea, Direction, Camera, Editing.
Festivals: Tage des unabhängigen Films, Osnabrück, D 1996 • Inventur 3 – Filmschau Niedersachsen, Göttingen, D 1996 • Festival – Der neue Heimatfilm, Freistadt, A 1996

Time Warp, (D 1999, documentary 96'30" min., 35mm), ZDF / Filmförderung Hamburg / Niedersächsische Filmförderung – Production, Idea, Direction, Camera, Editing.
Festivals / awards: Int. Dok-Film Festival Leipzig, D 1999 • Max Ophüls Preis, Perspektiven des deutschsprachigen Films, Saarbrücken, D 2000 • Tage des unabhängigen Films, Osnabrück, D 2000 • Inventur 7 – Filmschau Niedersachsen, Hannover, D 2000 • Int. Dok-Film Festival, München, D 2000 • Int. Cracow Film Festival, PL 2000 • SaarLorLux Film- und Videofestival, Saarbrücken, D 2000 • proposed to DEUTSCHER FILMPREIS 2000 • Festival - Der neue Heimatfilm, Freistadt, A 2000 • 4th Int. Etnic TV Festival AT HOME, Kraków, PL, 2000 • The Int. Festival of Documentaries on Regions. Zabrze, PL 2000 • AWARD of the Festival Director (Slovakian Filminstitute, Bratislava) - XI. Etnofilm Festival, Čadca, SK 2000 • Nominated for PRIX EUROPA – IRIS, Multicultural Television Programme of the Year 2000.

Finding Pictures, (D 2002, documentary 107' min., 35mm), Filmförderung Hamburg, kulturelle Filmförderung des Bundes (BKM), Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, kulturelle Filmförderung Mecklenburg – Vorpommern in Co-Operation with arte / mdr – Production, Screenplay , Direction, Camera, Editing, Effects.
Festivals / Special Screenings / awards, World Premiere New York, Center for Jewish History, USA 19.11.2002 • proposed to DEUTSCHER FILMPREIS 2003 • Montreal Jewish Film Festival, CA 2003 • Opening Film – Int. Cracow Film Festival, PL 2003 • Semaine de la Critique – Locarno Film Festival, CH 2003 • AFO GRAND PRIX 2003 - AFO Int. Film Festival, CZ 2003 • Special Event -Leipzig, Int. Dok-Film Festival, D 2003 • Special Event – MOLODIST Kyiv Int. Film Festival, UA 2003 • Uniwersytet Maria Curie-Skłdowska, Lublin, PL 2003 • Harvard University, Cambridge, USA 2003 • Beth Tzedec Synagogue, Toronto, CA 2003 • Akademie der Künste, Berlin, 2003 • 32nd Belgrade Int. Film Festival FEST, YU 2004 • PHOENIX AWARD – Warsaw Int. Jewish Film Festival, PL 2004 • Filmkunstfest Schwerin, D 2004 • 9. Int. Literatur Festival Leukerbad, CH 2004 • AUDIENCE AWARD – Festival „Der neue Heimatfilm” Freistadt, A 2004 • Jewish Eye World Jewish Film Festival, Tel Aviv, IL 2004 • Part of the Exposition “Bruno Schulz – La République des Rêves” at the Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme, Paris, F 10/2004 – 1/2005 • Month of the Arts “Polish-Jewish writers and double identity” - Paideia – The European Institute for Jewish Studies, Stockholm, S 2005 • Bruno Schulz Festival, Dublin, IE 2008 • River Film Fest – The World of Josef K., Pisek, CZ 2009.

Lost Pictures ∞ Lost Memory?, (D 2009, experimental documentary, 98' min., Digital). Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein (postproduction) – Production, Screenplay , Direction, Camera, Editing, Effects.
Festivals: Filmfest Hamburg 2009 • Encontros Cinematográficos, Teatro Municipal da Guarda, Portugtal, 2010.

In addition to the TV exploitation these works have been performed on in cinemas, museums, individual events, as well as universities.

From 2003 the Benjamin Geissler Filmproduktion enlarged their activities, including the development and production of feature length fiction and documentary projects for coproductions for the European and International market, as well as Service. The result is among others the Feature film project MESSINA, Original idea, Screenplay. Filmförderung Hamburg, selected for the Co-production Forum at the European Cinema & Audiovisual Days, Turin 2007.

, (D/I 2016, Theatrical Documentary, 139'15" min, color and b/w, DCP Full HD). in coproduction with MARVIN BROS Film Production s.r.l. realized in collaboration with Regione Siciliana - Sicilia Film Commission – Production, Screenplay , Direction, Camera, Editing, Effects.


2009 – 2010 Geissler worked among others on the Production, Editing, sound mix, texts, print layout and website of the audiobook 
Si conta e si racconta
by Nadia Malverti – a collection of 20 traditional Italian fairytales on 3 CDs with booklet. Dramatic readings and radio plays in Italian.


2010 – 2011 After years of systematic efforts under scientific and restoration principles Benjamin Geissler delivered in his work: Fundstücke – und die virtuelle Rekonstruktion der Bilderkammer mit den Wandmalereien des Bruno Schulz the 4 walls of the mural room in High Definition scale. Umweltbibliothek Grosshennersdorf, funding by BKM, German Ministry of Culture. The basis for the construction of the mobile installation The Picture Chamber of Bruno Schulz – The final work of a genius. Umweltbibliothek Grosshennersdorf, funding by Kulturstiftung des Bundes and Stiftung EVZ.

2011 Editor and Publisher of the Exhibition Catalogue The Picture Chamber of Bruno Schulz (German/English) with articles by Yuri Andrukhovych, Merima Bruncevic, Benjamin Geissler, Irina Liebmann, Agneta Pleijel and Bruno Schulz.


2011 Distribution and Fundraising, as well as the coordination of the accompanying programs of 
The Picture Chamber of Bruno Schulz , at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin as well as organizer.

2012 – 2013 5 exhibitions of The Bilderkammer des Bruno Schulz:
1. Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany, Apr. – May 2013, Funding by BKM, 
    Sponsored by: Viktor Vekselberg and Andrew Intrater
2. Institut Pierre Werner, Centre Culturel de Rencontre Abbaye de Neumünster (CCRN) – Agora,
     Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, Oct. – Dec. 2012
3. E-Werk Freiburg, Freiburg/ Br., Germany Sept. – Oct. 2012 
    Sponsored by: Viktor Vekselberg and Andrew Intrater
4. Falckenberg Collection of the Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany Jun. – Sept. 2012 
5. Gerhart Hauptmann Theater, Zittau, Germany Jan. 2012

Further exhibitions in Germany and abroad are planned.


Musee d'art et d'histoire du Judaisme, Paris, F: "Bruno Schulz -La Republique des rêves" 13.10.2004 – 23.1.2005.
Judiska Museet i Stockholm, S: "Franz Kafka och Bruno Schulz – granslandets mastare", 4.10.2010 – 13.3.2011.
České Centrum / Instytut Polski, Prag CZ: KAFKA & SCHULZ / MASTERS OF THE BORDERLANDS – KAFKA & SCHULZ / MISTŘI POHRANIČÍ, 11.7.2012 – 30.8.2012 and 6.9.– 19.10.2012


Scholarly lectures:
Humboldt-Universität, Berlin, D: Panel Discussion: "Art today — Law and Legal Philosophy — Control, Access and Ownership — Apropos Bruno Schulz and Franz Kafka" with Merima Bruncevic, School of Business, Economics and Law, Gothenburg University; Prof. Dr. Thomas Hoeren, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Universität Münster; Host: Benjamin Geissler, Hamburg – 3.5.2013
INALCO (CREE - CERLOM) et PARIS-SORBONNE (CRECOB – CIRCE), F: Colloque international interuniversitaire "Schulz lu et interprete en Europe Centrale: entre modernisme et modernite. Poetique, reception, regards croises" – 21. - 23.3.2013
Universita Degli Studi Di Palermo, I: "Mafia e mancato sviluppo" Congress Lecture: La relazione tra film, mass media e psicologia del fenomeno mafioso / The relationship between film, media and psychology mafia phenomena by Benjamin Geissler. 20.-23.5.2010.
Interdisciplinary Series of Events, Hamburg, D: "Lost Pictures ∞ Lost Memory?" on the occasion of the world premiere of the film of the same name at the Filmfest Hamburg, idea and realization: Benjamin Geissler with readings / music: ANARCHY IN THE UKR: with Juri Andruchowytsch, Ljubko Deresch & Serhij Zhadan – Sobaki v Kosmosi; Conferences: THE INCANTATION OF THE CIRCE Giordano Bruno, Italian Cultural Institute Hamburg; THE MAFIA PSYCHE, with Prof. Girolamo Lo Verso, Police University Hamburg, District Court / Local Court; and Haute cuisine: CULINARY ART with the Sicilian master chef Corrado Assenza. 15.9.-2.10.2009.
Academy of Arts, Berlin, D: "Finding Pictures" and Panel with: Benjamin Geissler, Jerzy Jarzębski (Prof. Polish Literature, Bruno Schulz-Biograpfer, Krakow, Poland), Krzysztof Czyzewski (President Borderland Foundation, Sejny, Poland), Frank Golczewski (Professor for East-Europaen Studies, Hamburg), Siegfried Zielinski (Member of the Academy of Arts, Prof. at the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne). 25.1.2004.
Humboldt-Universität, Berlin, D: Capturing the... truth? Changing Strategies in Documentary Cinema Panel Session "The Filmmaker as Detective", 10.2.2003
Harvard University, Cambridge, USA: "Disputed Memory: Bruno Schulz and the Art from the Holocaust", 18.11.2003.
Uniwersytet Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej, Lublin, PL: "Tożsamości utracone – tożsamości nabyte: Bruno Schulz i inni" / "Lost Identities – The Acquired Identity: Bruno Schulz and others", 12.- 14.11.2003.
Heinrich-Heine-Institut, Düsseldorf, D: "Mythologizing of reality – Bruno Schulz", 27.-29.11.2002.
Zachęta / Klub Księgarza, Warsaw, PL: "The Perception of Bruno Schulz's work in the Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe.", 18.-19.10.2002.