David Wnendt

Writer/Director

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Film, TV & Theatre

Born in Germany, David Wnendt made his mark at Sundance 2014 with WETLANDS, an adaptation of Charlotte Roche's bestselling novel. His next feature LOOK WHO’S BACK, which he adapted from the best-selling satirical novel by Timur Vermes, brought in over $20m at the German box office and had an international release on Netflix. 

Wnendt's powerful debut film - the acclaimed COMBAT GIRLS - tells the story of a young neo-Nazi gang member whose convictions slowly evolve when she meets a young Afghan refugee. The film earned Wnendt the Bavarian Film Award for Best Young Director, the Young German Cinema Award and the Prix Genève-Europe for Best Screenplay. 

In 2016, Variety magazine named Wnendt as one of their ten Europeans to Watch. Along with other of Germany's leading filmmakers, Wnendt runs the film and television production company Seven Elephants. 

THE SUNLIT NIGHT starring Jenny Slate and Zach Galifianakis is his English language debut. The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January 2019. 

Film

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THE SUNLIT NIGHT

2019

Big Beach

Based on the novel by Rebecca Dinerstein, The Sunlit Night tells the story of a painter who travels between Brooklyn and the fjords of Lofoten, Norway

LOOK WHO'S BACK

2015

Constantin/Mythos Films

Feature adaptation of Timur Vermes’ bestselling novel that imagines the return of Adolf Hitler to modern-day Germany. Nominated for six awards in 2016, including for Best European Comedy at the European Film Awards, and Best Director at the German Film Awards

WETLANDS (FEUCHTGEBIETE)

2013

Rommelfilm e.K

Written with Claus Falkenberg, WETLANDS is an adaptation of the novel by Charlotte Roche. The film competed in the World Dramatic Competition category at Sundance in 2014

COMBAT GIRLS (KRIEGERIN)

2011

Martens Film- und Fernsehproduktion

Original feature. Winner of Best Screenplay and Bronze for Best Full-length Feature Film at the German Film Awards, as well as the Young Talent Award for Best Direction at the Metropolis Awards

Television

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KLEINE LICHTER

2008

HFF/Konrad Wolf/Potsdam-Babelsberg

Short Films

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CALIFORNIA DREAMS

2006

HFF/Konrad Wolf/Potsdam-Babelsberg

CALIFORNIA DREAMS won the SEA Short Film Award at the 2006 Interfilm Berlin International Film Festival

HANNAS HOBBY

2005

HFF/Konrad Wolf/Potsdam-Babelsberg