Daniel Schmid

Daniel Schmid, originally Daniel Schmidt, ( born December 26, 1941 in Flims, Graubunden Canton, Switzerland; † August 5, 2006 ) was a Swiss film, theater and opera director.

Life and work

Daniel Schmid grew up with his parents Arthur Schmidt and Carla Schmidt Bivetti in the Hotel Schweizerhof in Flims on. After graduation he went in 1962 at the Free University of Berlin, studied history, journalism, political science and art history and worked while studying as a journalist and interpreter. This was followed by an assistant director Peter Lilienthal. From 1966 he studied at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin and delivered a number of works for television. Since then, he realized his own feature films.

At the beginning of the 1970s, Schmid worked several times together with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Rosa von Praunheim and Werner Schroeter. During this period he also appeared as an actor and became one of the most prolific filmmakers. Above all, the film adaptation of Fassbinder's stage play The city, the garbage and the death under the title Shadow of Angels in 1976 made ​​him known. In 1977 he returned to Switzerland.

He moved to the staging of introspective tivi between experimental films that merely responded an intellectual minority audience. With its satirical film Berezina, or The Last Days of Switzerland, he regained the attention of a wider public. Would have to be between, especially mentions the film mid-season of 1992, which was certainly not experimental, but simply the filming of some whimsical childhood memories in his parents' hotel; of a company, which has truly common with today's mass tourism is not much. In 1999 he received the International Film Festival of Locarno, the Leopard of Honour for his oeuvre.

Between 1984 and 2001 he also worked as an opera director. At the Zurich Opera House staged four operas at the Grand Théâtre three. His affection for the bel canto is also noticeable in his documentary, Il Bacio di Tosca. Daniel Schmid died of cancer at the age of 64 years.

Filmography (selection)


Film to Daniel Schmid

  • 2010: Le chat qui pense of Pascal Hoffmann and Benny Jaberg