Jonas Rothlaender works as a director and writer.
Born 1982 in Lübeck, Germany. During his school time he wrote short stories which were published in different anthologies. After his graduation in 2003 he shot multiple shorts on his own and worked as an assistant director for other productions.
From 2007 - 2015 he was studying directing at the German Film- and Television Academy Berlin (dffb). During that time he shot several short films, which premiered on several festivals. His short film THE SHIRT was selected for Next-Generation-Short-Film-Reel and toured Festivals worldwide, beginning 2011 in Cannes.
During his time at the dffb he received a sholarship by Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes.
For several years he instructed classes for film, acting and creative writing as part of an education programme for young trainees of companies like Airbus and Hapag Lloyd.
His first feature-length documentary FAMILIAR CIRCLES premiered during Max-Ophüls-Preis in 2015. It came to cinemas in Germany and as a Video-on-Demand in the beginning of 2016.
His feature film debut FADO, an international co-production premiered 2016 in Rotterdam and at Max-Ophüls-Preis, where he won the price for best directing. After that FADO toured around many international festivals, where it won several awards.
In the beginning of September 2016 FADO celebrated its theatrical release in german cinemas, where it was extremely well received by critics and the audience.
From September - December 2016 Jonas Rothlaender was selected for the artist-in-residence programme by the
Goethe Institute, the Villa Kamogawa in Kyoto.
100 min. | fiction | StickUp Filmproduktion
in co-production with dffb, Primeira Idade, Atara Film & RBB
2015 FAMILIE HABEN / FAMILIAR CIRCLES
130 min. | documentary | dffb in co-production with Jonas Rothlaender
2014 AUF ANFANG / RETURNING
30 min. | fiction | dffb
2011 JAGDGRÜNDE / HUNTING GROUNDS
30 min. | fiction | dffb in co-production with RBB
2010 DAS HEMD / THE SHIRT
6 min. | fiction | dffb in co-production with arte
2010 KAPERFAHRT / WALK THE PLANK
16 min. | fiction | dffb
2007 SOUNDS OF SILENCE
15 min. | fiction | Produzentengemeinschaft Hartmann & Rothlaender