Jan Speckenbach studied Art History and Philosophy in Munich, Karlsruhe and Paris. In 2000 he moved to Berlin, where he worked in particular at various theaters as a video artist. In 2004 he made his documentary film Zeitspuren about the Berliner Volksbühne. In addition, he began studying Film Directing at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB). His short film Gestern in Eden was shown in Cannes in 2008, Spatzen won a number of awards a year later and was qualified for the Short Film Oscar. His feature debut Die Vermissten premiered at the Berlinale in 2012, and his second feature, Freiheit, premiered at the Locarno Competition in 2017. In theater, he has worked with Frank Castorf, Claus Peymann, Martin Wuttke, Armin Petras, Sebastian Baumgarten, Milan Peschel, Jan Bosse and Amélie Niermeyer, among others.