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Alain Gsponer

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Alain Gsponer

Alain’s passion for film became apparent early on: born in Zurich in 1976, he attended the School for Audiovisual Design in Bern as a teenager and was a guest auditor for film students at the University of Zurich.

At the age of 21, he moved to Germany to study directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, where he produced „Heidi“, an animated film which he wrote, directed and edited. After that, he made the short feature film „X für U“, for which he won national and international awards.

In 2002, Alain’s first cinema production „Kiki & Tiger“, which was shown at the Berlinale, won the Interfilm and Audience Award of the Max Ophüls Festival and was also used as his graduation film. 

 

In the following years, Alain directed many big German and Swiss productions.  In 2009 his debut film „Rose“, a tribute to single mothers, won the German Television Award, while his following project „Das wahre Leben“ won four Grimme Awards in addition to the Bambi for leading actress Katja Riemann and the German Film Award for Hannah Herzsprung.

Other commercially successful and multiple award-winning film projects followed, such as „Lila, Lila“ with Daniel Brühl and Henry Hübchen, „Das kleine Gespenst“ with Alain cracking the 1 million viewer mark for the first time in 2013, or „Heidi“, which won the German and Bavarian Film Awards and is to this day the most successful Swiss film of all time with over 1.2 million viewers in Germany and sales in over 100 countries.

Between his feature film productions, Alain enjoys directing selected advertising film projects, which have already won the LIA Award and a Lion in Cannes.

Alain lives with his family in Berlin.