Dani Levy

Dani Levy (born 17 November 1957) is a Swiss filmmaker, theatrical director, screenwriter and actor.

Dani Levy
Born (1957-11-17) 17 November 1957
  • Filmmaker
  • Theatrical director
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
Years active1986–present


Levy was born to a Jewish family in Switzerland in 1957.[1][2] His mother was a Holocaust survivor.[1] He moved to Berlin in the 1980s.[1]

Levy's films include RobbyKallePaul, I Was on Mars, Meschugge, Du mich auch and Väter. Väter starred Christiane Paul. In 2004, he directed Alles auf Zucker!, a comedy about a secularised Jew from the former GDR who has to reconcile himself with his Orthodox brother. In 2007, he directed the comedy-drama Mein Führer – Die wirklich wahrste Wahrheit über Adolf Hitler, about a Jewish actor hired to enliven Adolf Hitler's speeches during the final days of World War II, starring German comedian Helge Schneider. It was entered into the 29th Moscow International Film Festival.[3]

Levy said he was influenced by the theory of Swiss-based psychologist Alice Miller, published in 1980, that something must have gone wrong with Hitler in his childhood. His 1995 film Stille Nacht won an Honourable Mention at the 46th Berlin International Film Festival.[4]

He is one of the founders of the German company X Filme Creative Pool.




  • 1986 Du mich auch ... Romeo
  • 1989 RobbyKallePaul ... Robby
  • 1991 Hausmänner ... Paul
  • 1991 I Was on Mars ... Alio
  • 1993 Ohne mich (Short) ... Simon Rosenthal
  • 1994 Einer meiner ältesten Freunde ... Zeto
  • 1995 Halbe Welt ... Katz
  • 1995 Die Mediocren ... Jost
  • 1998 Meschugge ... David Fish
  • 1999 Aimée & Jaguar ... Fritz Borchert
  • 2001 Replay ... Matthias


  1. Deutsche Welt: "Jewish Filmmaker Breaks Taboos with Hitler Send-Up" 27.12.2006
  2. Fleishman, Jeffrey (2006-12-17). "A farcical attack on Hitler taboos". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2006-12-17.
  3. "29th Moscow International Film Festival (2007)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 2013-04-21. Retrieved 2013-05-30.
  4. "Berlinale: 1996 Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2012-01-01.
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