“David Lynch has said that he no longer makes movies because the market is dead. That’s true. Nevertheless we fight for every film (...). We often make small, radical films where we are used to fighting our way uphill all the time. One can only hope again and again that the films will retain a value, that the films will remain.”
Photo: Patti Smith (l.) and Frieder Schlaich (r.) at the shooting of "Three Stones for Jean Genet"
Frieder Schlaich is a German producer, author and director. Together with Irene von Alberti, he has been running the Filmgalerie 451 since 1992, a DVD label, a film distribution and a film production company, which offers a platform to films and directors who dare to take a chance on content and form.
After studying visual communication at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg, Frieder Schlaich opened the video library Filmgalerie 451 in Stuttgart together with Irene von Alberti in 1987. In 1992 it became a film distribution and video label (today: DVD), under which Irene von Alberti and Frieder Schlaich also produce their own films. In 1995 Frieder Schlaich celebrated his first success as a director with PAUL BOWLES – HALFMOON, an episodic film based on three short stories by the American cult author Paul Bowles, which he realised together with Irene von Alberti. His first feature film OTOMO, starring Isaach de Bankolé and Eva Mattes, is based on the true story of an African asylum seeker and won the “Diversity in Spirit Award” in Vancouver and the “Golden Rosa Camuna” in Bergamo in 2000. Other films he realised as a director are: CAUSE I HAVE THE LOOKS and NAOMI’S JOURNEY, which together with OTOMO form a trilogy about migration and racism in Germany; and the documentary films THREE STONES FOR JEAN GENET with Patti Smith and CHANCE 2000, which documents Christoph Schlingensief’s legendary political and theatrical project from 1998. As a producer he has realised films by Christoph Schlingensief, Werner Schroeter, Heinz Emigholz, Cynthia Beatt, Elfi Mikesch and Omer Fast.