Oliver Schmitz Biography, Age, Movies, Awards, Nominations & News

Oliver Schmitz (born on 30 November 1960 in Cape Town) is a South African film director and Screenwriter. Following his direction on the movie, “Life Above All”, he walked into fame.


Oliver Schmitz biography
Oliver Schmitz attends the “Life, Above All” Photocall

His date of birth is on November 30th, 1960 and his place of birth is in Cape Town. Oliver Schmitz is 59 years old (2019).


  1. Life Above All – 2010
  2. Paris, I Love You – 2006
  3. Shepherds and Butchers – 2006
  4. Mapantsula – 1987
  5. Hijack Stories – 2000
  6. Deadly Harvest – 2008
  7. Schandfleck – Der Usedom-Krimi – 2015
  8. Das Beste Stück – 2002
  9. Royal News – 2004 
  10. Willkommen im Club – 2013
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  • Black Reel Awards 2012 Nominated
  • Black Reel Outstanding Foreign Film
  • Dubai International Film Festival2010 Won
  • Durban International Film Festival 2010 Won Best South African Film
  • Muhr Asia Africa Special Jury Prize Feature Oliver Schmitz Nominated
  • Muhr Asia Africa Award Best Film – Feature Oliver Schmitz
  • Image Awards 2012 Nominated Image Award Outstanding Foreign Motion Picture
  • Leo Awards 2011 Won Leo Best Screenwriting in a Feature Length DramaDennis Foon
  • National Board of Review, USA 2010 Won NBR Award Top Five Foreign Films
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“Producer Christoph Hahnheiser and director Oliver Schmitz, who had previously worked together on his 2001 Un Certain Regard film Hijack Stories, ended the collaboration on Russendisko “by mutual agreement.”

“Schmitz, who was in Cannes last year with another South African-set drama Life, Above All, has been replaced by the film’s screenwriter Oliver Ziegenbalg who will be making his directorial debut with Russendisko. 

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“Ziegenbalg’s previous screenwriting credits included the Til Schweiger comedy 1 ½ Ritter and Sony Pictures’ 2010 box-office hit Friendship! which also featured Russendisko’s lead actors Matthias Schweighöfer and Friedrich Mücke.’



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