Kümmel Goes East
Hermann Kümmel built a school house in Nicaragua. That was in the ‘80s. Today the born Hessian is working in Rzeszów, east Poland. He’s building the NEW WORLD shopping centre. On Kümmel’s side stands Polish manager Viola Wojnowski, who negotiates with trade partners and financiers. But she doesn’t want to continue living in Poland - she’s having her dream house built in the German capital. The shopping centre project is controversial amongst inhabitants of the local prefab estate where it is to be built. But contracts have been finalised and construction vehicles are rolling in. Director Paul Hadwiger and his team followed the creation of the shopping centre over five years...
1974 born in Regensburg. Studies in Sociologies and Philosophies in Vienna, Regensburg und Berlin. Photography and since 1997 short-films. Work as electrician for commercial and fiction. 1999-2005 Film school „Konrad Wolf“/Potsdam- Babelsberg, Diploma 2005. DAAD- Stipend for documentary project „Kümmel baut“ in Poland. Living in Berlin as director and DOP.
Director/DoP for documentary (selected projects)
*Kümmel baut! (in Production) 90min, documentary, Maxim-Film Berlin, supported by Filmbüro Bremen und BKM, script/director,
*Transkigs, documentation, 35 min, 2007, Senat für Bildung und Wissenschaft Berlin director/DOP
*Kommt Europa in die Hölle? 45 min, documentation, Oval- Film, ARTE, 2004, DOP
*O du Fröhliche 52min, 2003
Sehsüchte Festival 2004, DokumentART- Festival Neubrandenburg 2004, director/1 episode
*Men need hobbies 45min, 2004, Nomination for Silver Wolf Award International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam 2004, DOP
Since 2003 more than 40 scene-studies for actors/risingstar film&video production