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Jan Bonny

Jan Bonny, born in 1979, is a film director and screenwriter and lives in Cologne. From 2001 to 2006 the Düsseldorf native studied at the Kunsthochschule für Medien in Cologne, followed by further studies at Binger Filmlab Amsterdam and Torino Filmlab. His family drama Counterparts premiered in Cannes (Quinzaine) in 2008, and is shown at the Berlin Film Festival and at numerous other festivals. Bonny is a filmmaker who tries to constantly surprise himself. Thanks to his collaborations with artist Alex Wissel he usually succeeds in doing so. Together, they worked on the film Single in 2015, about a Düsseldorf nightclub founded by Wissel, which blends documentary with dramatic formats. Since 2016, they’ve been collaborating on sketches for the web series Rheingold. Bonny has received awards and nominations for his cinema and television productions (including Der Tod macht Engel aus uns Allen, 2013; Über Barbarossaplatz, 2015) at the European Film Awards, Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Grimme, etc. Festival selection: IFF Pusan; Munich Film Festival; Ficco Mexico City; IFF Shanghai; Festival de Cine Seville.

Collaborative work with Alex Wissel, Single (2015) and Rheingold (2016, still in progress), is shown at: Haus der Kunst Munich; mumok Vienna; Julia Stoschek Collection; Kölnischer Kunstverein; Acud, Berlin. Bonny also makes numerous commercials and music videos, with Sonja Heiss, with Saatchi & Saatchi, DDB, JvM, LOWE, et al. Jan Bonny is a member of the European Film Academy.

Past productions

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