Ziegler Film was established on April 27th 1973 in Berlin by Regina Ziegler and is today one of Germany’s most prolific independent movie and TV production companies with branches in Berlin, Cologne, Munich and Baden-Baden. Since its creation, Ziegler Film has produced a great variety of movies, TV Features, documentaries and TV Series. Under the shared leadership of Regina and Tanja Ziegler, the company strives to stay independent, to expand and to fascinate the audience with creativity as well as quality, constantly looking for new formats, while respecting the demands and interests of certain target audiences as well as of the general audience.
Many of the over 500 films produced so far have received international acclaim, such as the Federal Film Award and the Prize of the Association of German Film Critics, which Regina Ziegler received for I THOUGHT I WAS DEAD (Director: Wolf Gremm). For HEINRICH (Director: Helma Sander-Brahms) she was honored with the highest German award of the German film, the Golden Shell. The first German horizontal mini-series WEISSENSEE produced by her received twice the German Television Prize and the Grimme Prize; in spring of 2018, the fourth season was aired. Other outstanding television productions were: THE GREAT RUNAWAY (Director: Marianne Lüdcke), Grimme Prize in Gold; THE MAN WITH THE BASSOON (Director: Miguel Alexandre), German Television Award, BAMBI Audience Award, Romy; GLADBECK (54 HOURS) (Director: Kilian Riedhof ), Seoul International Drama Award. The Museum of Modern Art in New York paid tribute to Ziegler Film in 2006 with an in-depth retrospective. In 2016, Regina Ziegler received not only the Honorary Lola for outstanding services to the German film, but also in Austria the Platinum Romy for her life’s work.
Tanja Ziegler joined Ziegler Film in 2000 and has produced a variety of documentaries, TV and feature films. In 2003 she received the prestigious Adolf-Grimme-Award for the documentary THE RAPOPORTS - OUR THREE LIVES.
Genre: TV Series
Director: Friedemann Fromm
Screenplay: Annette Hess
Cast: Florian Lukas, Uwe Kockisch, Ruth Reinecke, Jörg Hartmann, Hannah Herzsprung
Romeo and Juliet, along with the story of Cain and Abel, provide the background motifs for this dramatic family series, which depicts two very different families in East Berlin during the 1980s and in the days before the Berlin Wall came down, when the country was still divided.
THE MAN WITH THE BASSOON 2011
Genre: TV Mini-Series
Director: Miguel Alexandre
Screenplay: Harald Göckeritz, Miguel Alexandre
Cast: Christian Berkel, David Rott, Ulrich Noethen, Valerie Niehaus, Melika Foroutan
The encounter with a street musician in 19th century Germany leads young Heinrich Bockelmann, grandfather of the country’s greatest contemporary entertainer, Udo Jürgens, to Moscow. Heinrich becomes an influential banker in Russia, but World War I abruptly ends his career. His son Rudi and his family settle in Austria where they experience the Nazis´ terror at first hand. Rudi’s sensitive son Udo would rather play the piano than to excel in the Hitler Youth. Music helps him to deal with the events of the war and, despite all the resistance he encounters, to set out to an unparalleled career.
MY BLIND DATE WITH LIFE 2016
Director: Marc Rothemund
Screenplay: Ruth Toma, Oliver Ziegenbalg
Cast: Kostja Ullmann, Anna Maria Mühe, Jacob Matschenz
This true, gripping and emotional story of a blind man who pretended for over 15 years that he was able to see shows how he overcomes his fate and all obstacles to lead a successful and self-reliant life. This feature film is based on the autobiography of Saliya Kahawatte, theatrical script by Oliver Ziegenbalg and Ruth Toma. In post-production - Upcoming release