Andres Veiel was born in Stuttgart in 1959 and began studying psychology in what was then West Berlin in 1982. After graduation, he trained as a director and dramaturg at the international cultural centre Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin. Since 1988 he has been writing screenplays and making films, as well as penning plays and directing theatre productions. Today Veiel is an acclaimed director of documentaries and one of Germany’s most successful contemporary filmmakers. He’s best known for his feature length production Black Box BRD (aka Black Box Germany), named Best Documentary at the European Film Awards in 2001 and the German Film Awards in 2002. Veiel’s documentary Addicted to Acting won the Panorama Audience Award at the 2004 Berlin International Film Festival and the German Film Critics Award in 2005. In 2006 his play The Kick was invited to Berlin’s Theatertreffen, a festival highlighting the year’s best German-language theatre productions. The same year, Veiel created a film adaptation called Der Kick. 2011 marked the release of If Not Us, Who?, his feature film about the early history of the Red Army Faction. Veiel returned to the stage in 2013, directing his own piece of documentary theatre: The Raspberry Empire.
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