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Tom Tykwer

Tom Tykwer
Tom Tykwer
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German screenwriter, director, producer and film music composer.
Peter Pan was the first movie he has seen in his life and it was the wish to create the parallel world of magic triggered by this film that has inspired his work to this day.

Tom Tykwer was born in 1965 in Wuppertal, Germany. He was fascinated with cinema since he was a child. As a boy, he used to help selling cinema tickets, and as a result, he did not miss any new production. He made his first film when he was just 11. After finishing high school, he repeatedly applied to film schools in Europe, but unfortunately without success. He got himself a job in a Berlin cinema as a film projector operator. This enabled him to meet people from the industry, which helped him direct his first feature movie Because in 1990. The film was favourably received by the audience during the Hof Film Festival, and four years later, Tykwer decided to establish his own production company, the X Filme Creative Pool. Tykwer won international renown thanks to Run Lola Run, starring Franka Potente. Soon after, The Princess and the Warrior, filmed in Tykwer’s home town, and Heaven, the screenplay of which was written by Krzysztof Kieślowski and Krzysztof Piesiewicz, were created. Both productions delighted both European and American audiences. Tykwer’s position was consolidated by True, starring Natalie Portman, and the big Hollywood production that the director considers as his greatest success – Perfume. The Story of a Murderer, based on Patrick Süskind’s novel.

Tom Tykwer is one of the co-founders of the One Fine Day e.V. non-profit organisation, established in 2008, and promoting and supporting art education in Nairobi (Kenya). One Fine Day Films, an alternative to a film studio connected to the project, focuses on film education and production in East Africa and introduces young African talents to the process of film production. The foundation’s pilot project, Soul Boy (2010), premiered in January of 2010 during the Göteborg International Film Festival.

Tykwer’s latest production is an adaptation of David Mitchell’s novel Cloud Atlas, awarded with the British Book Awards Literary Fiction Award, among others. The book is a collection of short stories that deal with the theme of man’s struggle against alienation and terror that limit a person's freedom. The film was produced by the Wachowski brothers, creators of the cult Matrix trilogy and movies such as V for Vendetta and Speed Racer. The film features stars such as: Tom Hanks, Jim Sturgess, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant, Keith David, Ben Whishaw and Jim Broadbent.
Tykwer has always admired versatile directors who are able to compose music for their movies. He claims, however, that it was the lack of funds that forced him to write music for his own film, Winter Sleepers. At the time, he invited Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil to collaborate with him. Together with them, under the aegis of Pale 3, he later composed scores for movies such as: Run Lola Run, The Princess and the Warrior, Heaven, True, 3, a song for the great blockbuster The Matrix Revolutions and for the Cloud Atlas, which will be released this autumn.

Tykwer’s movies were nominated for awards during film festivals in Venice and the German Berlinale, as well as the European Film Academy Awards many times.

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