Ziegler Film, noted for its theatrical features, documentaries, and television films, is a major production company in Germany. Founded in Berlin as an independent company in 1973 by Regina Ziegler before she was thirty, Ziegler Film has remained a spirited and socially engaged organization throughout its rich quarter-century of production. Regina Ziegler, born in Germany, 1944, graduated from the study of law to production assistant at the adventurous television station SFB (Sender freies Berlin, subsequently reorganized and renamed Rundfunk Berlin Brandenburg), where for ten years she learned the mechanics of production. Sparked by her own enthusiasm, vision, and ambition, she established Ziegler Film to help realize commercial films by the radical new generation of young German filmmakers, including Wolf Gremm, Helma Sanders-Brahms, Ulrich Schamoni, and theater director Peter Stein. Ziegler has always stressed the importance of coproductions with other nations, and these collaborations, particularly with Poland, are reflected in the selection of films in this tribute. Also included are television productions, namely the mini-series The Publisher, on the life of media baron Axel Springer, and seven of the short Erotic Tales that Ziegler Film has been making continuously since 1994. Today, Ziegler Film is comanaged by Regina Ziegler and her daughter Tanja Ziegler.
Organized by Laurence Kardish, Senior Curator, Department of Film and Media. Thanks to Ron Holloway, Ziegler Films, and Oliver Mahrdt, the East Coast representative of German Films.