#1: Photo by Christine Kisorsy [2007]

#2-3: Photo by Allan Peebles

[Photos courtesy of Martin Kukula, 2012]

 

   


  MARTIN KUKULA

 

Born: 5 December 1957, Wiesbaden, Germany.

Died: 1 November 2013, Berlin, Germany.

Education: Hochschule der Künste Berlin [Visual Communication]; American Film Institute, Los Angeles. USA [post-graduate studies, 1988-89 (Luftbrücken-Stipendium/Airlift Memorial Fellowship)].

Career: Made clay animation films on Super 8mm. Interned with doph Carsten Krüger for prod company Berliner Filmladen [1978]. Worked as c.asst with ph David Slama, Jürgen Jürges, Jörg Jeshel, Charly Steinberger, James Chressanthis, a.o.

Ph music videos.

Worked with sculptor/photographer Thomas Demand on the art projects 'Tunnel' [1999], 'Clearing' [2003] and 'Oval Office' [2008].

Was a member of the BVK since 1985.

Was a member of the Jury [Kurzfilm/Short Film] of the Deutscher Kamerapreis [DKP], 2008.

Taught at the DFFB [Berlin], KHM Kunsthochschule für Medien [Köln] and HFF 'Konrad Wolf' [Potsdam-Babelsberg].

Awards: DKP Fernsehfilm [1992] for 'Kinderspiele'; DKP Spielfilm nom [1998] for 'Das Leben ist eine Baustelle'; DKP Spielfilm nom [2004] for 'Good Bye Lenin!'.


 

 FILMS

1985

Altmanns Regel [Manuel Siebenmann & Benno Wenz] c; short/15m

1986

Schmetterlinge/Butterflies [Wolfgang Becker] 16mm/b&w; short/57m; prod DFFB

1986

Die Erfindungen des Tobias Schraube [Sven Thomas, Benno Wenz & Anselm Weber] c; anim/13m

1986

Der Himmel über Berlin/Les ailes du désir/Wings of Desire [Wim Wenders] b&w-c; co-addph; ph: Henri Alekan; filmed 1986-87

1987

Judgment in Berlin/Judgement in Berlin [Leo Penn] b&w (archive) & c; co-2uc; ph: Gabor Pogány

1988

Killing Blue/Midnight Cop [Peter Patzak] c; 2uc; ph: Anton Peschke

1989

Dr. M/Club Extinction [Claude Chabrol] c; co-addph; ph: Jean Rabier; filmed 1989-90

1990

Copyright by Inge Morath [Sabine Eckhard] 16mm-35bu/c; doc/89m; addph: Christoph Hof

1990

Shining Through [David Seltzer] p/c; 2uc; ph: Jan de Bont; filmed 1990-91

1991

Tausend Kraniche mußt du falten [Thomas Bauermeister] 16mm/c; doc/91m; cph: Nicolas Joray & Johann Feindt

1993

Der Blaue/The Blue One [Lienhard Wawrzyn] c

1995

Das Leben ist eine Baustelle/Life is All You Get [Wolfgang Becker] c; 2uc: Constantin Kesting; addph: Jocus Scherz; filmed 1995-96

1997

Das Trio/The Trio [Hermine Huntgeburth] c; 2nd cam: Jörg Güntner

1998

Undertaker's Paradise/Ein todsicheres Geschäft [Matthias X. Oberg] c

2000

The Burning Wall [- Dissent and Opposition Behind the Berlin Wall]/Germany: Behind the Wall [Hava Kohav Beller] v+16mm/b&w (archive) & c; doc/115m; co-addph; ph: Judith Kaufmann, Christoph Lerch & Harald Klix; filmed 2000-02; released 2002

2000

Stundenhotel [10 seg by 10 directors; superv: Wolfgang Becker] s16-35bu/c; short/52m/10 seg; seg #3 'Der Handstand' (dir by Ruth Olshan; 7m) was also shown separately; prod KHM

 

[Left] with Wolfgang Becker - "Good Bye Lenin!"

 

2001

Good Bye Lenin!/Goodbye Lenin! [Wolfgang Becker] 35mm+16mm+8mm-to-35mm/b&w (archive) & c; 2uc: Birgit Gudjonsdottir; addph: Frank Griebe

2005

Walk with Us [- The Collaborative Works of Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller] [Wiebke von Carolsfeld] c; doc/52m; cph: Stefan Ivanov & Michael Grippo; also shown on Bravo!-tv

2009

So Long No See [Véronique Goël] DigiBeta/c; exp short/16m

2011

Großmutter/Grandmother [Galip Iyitanir] c; short/10m

2012

Nikola Tesla [- Visionär der Moderne] [- Visionary of Modern Times] [Michael Krause] HD/c; doc/52m; cph: Florian Pawliczek

 

 TELEVISION

1988

Länder, Menschen, Abenteuer: Auf Bewährung in die Wüste [Bruno Schneider] 16mm/c; doc/90m; for Hessischer Rundfunk

1991

Abbado in Berlin: The First Year [Brian Large (concert); Bob Eisenhardt, Peter Gelb & Susan Frömke] mus doc + concert film/114m; cph: Don Lenzer, Dyanna Taylor, Ed Lachman, Daniel Vogel, a.o.; includes a performance of Mahler's Symphony #1; ep PBS-tv series 'Great Performances'

1991

Tatort [ep #248 'Blutwurstwalzer' dir by Wolfgang Becker] tvm-ep series/16mm

1992

Kinderspiele/Child's Play [Wolfgang Becker] tvm/16mm; also released theatrically (35bu)

199?

Under the Sun [ep 'Tribes of Europe' dir by Daniel Marks] doc anthropological series; for BBC2-tv

1993

Lauras Entscheidung [Uwe Janson] tvm/16mm

1993

Achterbahn [ep #14 'Die Emil-Bulls' dir by Gabriele Degener] 69-part series,1992-2002; 2nd season, 1993

1993

Karfunkel [ep #23 'Ur-Ur-Ur-Ur-Urgroßvater' dir by Nenad Djapic] 39-part series, 1991-95; 3rd season

1993

Achtundzwanzichtausend Wünsche [Dirk Schäfer] tvm/75m

1993

Die Stadtindianer/City Indians [various] 26-part series, 1994 & 1996; other ph: Thomas Merker, Nicolas Joray, a.o.

1994

Nur der Sieg zählt [Uwe Janson] tvm/16mm

1995

Die Russenhuren - Visum in den Tod/Visum in den Tod - Die Russenhuren/Der rote Engel [Uwe Janson] tvm/16mm

1995

Friedemann Brix - Eine Schwäche für Mord [various] 10-part series, 1996-97; other ph: Rudolf Körösi

1996

Gefährliche Freundin [Hermine Huntgeburth] tvm/s16

1996

Die Unschuld der Krähen [Horst Sczerba] tvm/16mm

1997

Und alles wegen Mama [Hermine Huntgeburth] tvm/16mm

1998

Halt mich fest! [Horst Sczerba] tvm/16mm

1998

HeliCops - Einsatz über Berlin [ep #8 'Teufelsberg' dir by Gabriele Heberling] pilot + 34-part series/35mm, 1998-2001; 1st season, 1998-99

2000

Babykram ist Männersache/Harte Jungs und weiche Mädchen/Das Findelkind [Uwe Janson] tvm/16mm

2000

Der Mann von nebenan [Dror Zahavi] tvm/s16

2000

Gnadenlose Bräute/Relentless Women [Manfred Stelzer] tvm

2001

Seitensprung ins Glück [Stefan Lukschy] tvm/16mm

2002

Mutter auf der Palme/Die Frau auf dem Baum [Dror Zahavi] tvm/16mm

2002

Pommery und Putenbrust [Manfred Stelzer] tvm

2003

Berlin - Eine Stadt sucht den Mörder/Taxi in den Tod [Urs Egger] tvm

2003

Die Rückkehr des Tanzlehrers/The Return of the Dancing Master [Urs Egger] 2-part tvm; 2uc: Birgit Gudjonsdottir

2004

Der Mörder meines Vaters/Im Schatten der Angst [Urs Egger] tvm/16mm

2004

Das Duo [ep #10 'Unter Strom' dir by Urs Egger] 24-part series/s16, 2002-12

2005

Tatort [ep #620 'Blutdiamanten' dir by Martin Eigler] tvm-ep series/s16

2005

Heute fängt mein Leben an/Hand aufs Herz [Christine Kabisch] tvm/16mm

2005

Das Duo [ep #11 'Auszeit/Stallorder' dir by Urs Egger] see 2004

2006

Tatort [ep #639 'Mann über Bord' dir by Lars Becker] tvm-ep series/16mm

2006

An die Grenze/Borderline [Urs Egger] tvm/s16

2006

Erlkönig [Urs Egger] tvm/16mm

2007

Polizeiruf 110 [ep #288 'Farbwechsel' dir by Hans-Erich Viet] series/16mm, 1971 (in the DDR/GDR)-present

2007

Das jüngste Gericht [Urs Egger] 2-part tvm; addph: Wedigo von Schultzendorff

2007

Guter Junge/A Good Boy [Torsten C. Fischer] tvm/s16

2008

Tatort [ep #719 'Rabenherz' dir by Torsten C. Fischer] tvm-ep series/16mm

2008

Ein Mann, ein Fjord! [Angelo Colagrossi] tvm/16mm

2008

Böses Erwachen [Urs Egger] tvm; 2uc: Markus Selikovsky

2009

Kennedys Hirn/Kennedy's Brain [Urs Egger] 2-part tvm/16mm

2009

Fasten à la Carte [Hans-Erich Viet] tvm/16mm-to-BetaSP

2009

Wolfsfährte [Urs Egger] tvm/s16; 2uc: Michael Ole Nielsen; uwph: Stefan Lindenau

2010

Tatort [ep #785 'Borowski und der vierte Mann' dir by Claudia Garde] tvm-ep series/16mm

2010

Bella vita [Thomas Berger] tvm/16mm

2010

Restrisiko [Urs Egger] 2-part tvm/RED; 2uc: Moritz Anton

 

"Das andere Kind" - photo by The Shields Gazette

 

2011

Charlotte Link - Das andere Kind/The Other Child [Urs Egger] 2-part tvm/HD (ARRI ALEXA)

2011

Familie Windscheidt - Der ganz normale Wahnsinn/Die Windscheidts [Isabel Kleefeld] pilot/HD (ARRI ALEXA)

2012

Krokodil [Urs Egger] tvm/HD

2012

München Mord [ep #1 'Wir sind die Neuen' dir by Urs Egger] series/HD (ARRI ALEXA Plus), 2014-present; 2uc: Armin Golisano; 3uc: Heiko Knauer

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

1981

Aus dem Zeitalter des Übermuts: Dichtung und Wahrheit [Klaus Wyborny; exp film] actor; ph: K. Wyborny

1982

Wilde Clique/Berliner am Sonntag [Hannelore Conradsen & Dieter Köster] actor; ph: D. Köster

1983

Pankow '95 [Gábor Altorjay] c.asst; ph: Jörg Jeshel

1984

André Heller sieht sein Feuerwerk/André Heller Watches His Fireworks [Hans-Jürgen Syberberg; doc] co-c.asst; ph: Carl-Friedrich Koschnick, David Slama, Thomas Mauch, Jörg Jeshel, a.o.; filmed 7 July

1984

[Die Ärzte -] Richy Guitar [Michael Laux] asst; ph: Hans-Günther Bücking & Siegmar Brüggenthies

1985

Der Fehler des Piloten [Hartmut Griesmayr; tvm] c.asst; ph: Charly Steinberger

1985

Tatort [ep #200 'Zahn um Zahn' dir by Hajo Gies] co-c.asst; ph: Jürgen Jürges; also in theatres as 'Schimanski - Zahn um Zahn/Scene of the Crime: A Tooth for a Tooth' (1985)

1985

Laputa [Helma Sanders-Brahms] c.asst; ph: Eberhard Geick

1986

millirem [Manuel Kilberth; short] c.asst; ph: Peter Arnold

1986

Auf der Suche nach der Sonne [Werner Schroeter; tv-doc] c.asst; ph: Wolfgang Pilgrim

1989

The Two Jakes [Jack Nicholson] intern; ph: Vilmos Zsigmond

1990

Dana Lech [Frank Guido Blasberg] co-lighting; ph: Stepan Benda; prod DFFB

1995

Der Sandmann [Stan Douglas] ph film (16mm/b&w; continuous loop) for art installation

2001

The Paradise Institute [Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller] ph film (13m) for art installation; Viewers approach a simple plywood pavilion and enter a lush, dimly lit interior complete with red carpet and two rows of velvet-covered seats. Once seated, they peer over the balcony onto a miniature replica of a grand old movie theatre created with hyper-perspective. Viewers then put on the headphones provided and the projection begins

2003

Berlin Files [Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller] ph film (13m) for art installation; The audience sits in the middle of a 12 sided dark room surrounded by 12 speakers with a film projected onto one wall from scenes shot in Berlin and Canada. The film creates an abstract narrative into which the audience may enter at any point