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Florian Gottschick 

is a German filmdirector, screenwriter and novelist, who was born and raised near Frankfurt/Main in Germany.  His passion for cinema and filmmaking led him to Berlin-Babelsberg in 2007, where he was accepted to the prestigious, as well as Europe’s oldest film school; Film University “Konrad Wolf”.

During his studies he developed short films such as the documentary portrait of a hospice guest Licht bricht sich (Breaking Light) and Herr Kio (Mr. Kio), following the famous transvestite Madame Kio.  His pre-diploma film Zwillinge (Twins) explores the complexity of an incestuous egomaniacal relationship shared by identical twins.  The film received international attention through numerous film festivals and a high demand for a DVD release.  Artisten (Artists) was nominated for the DEFA Newcomer Award.  Florian graduated in 2013 with a Diploma in Film Directing.

Nachthelle (Bright Night) is Florian's graduation film, after Artisten his second long feature, and was shown on over 70 international competitions and film festivals, as well picked up various awards and nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay, which he also wrote.  It was programmed and broadcasted on Television (ARD/rbb). Just like his third feature Fucking Berlin, which is based on a bestseller biography about the mathematic student Sonia Rossi, who financed her studies through prostitution.  It was broadcasted amongst “The best German films of all time” on the TV network Tele5.  In 2017 Florian directed the improvised feature Rest in Greece, a comedic thriller, which followed in the footsteps of Nachthelle and premiered the Filmfest Munich competition.

Besides Florian’s cinematic career, he frequently directs popular German television series, such as Doktor Ballouz (ZDF), Ein Fall für zwei (ZDF) and Großstadtrevier (ARD).  

Following the releases of both Nachthelle and Fucking Berlin on various VoD platforms, Florian premiered in the fall of 2021 his first Netflix Original project: the humorous chamber drama Du sie er & wir (The four of us).

His second novel is due to be published in spring 2023 by Random House/Penguin Verlag.  His debut novel Henry, which tells the story of 12 year old Henriette and an accidental kidnapping, got published by the same publishing house in august 2021.

Parallel to Florian’s above mentioned projects, he works with screenplay development for German television, works as a script consultant and is a permanent lecturer for two film universities. 

In his spare time Florian enjoys to play the french horn (but never bothered to learn how to read sheet music, but instead learns all the pieces by heart).  Florian is a native German speaker, as well as speaks and works in English, French and Spanish.  Florian is currently based between Berlin and Palma de Mallorca.