Herbert Achternbusch

Herbert Achternbusch (born 23 November 1938 in Munich) is a German writer, painter and filmmaker. His anarchist surrealistic films are not known to a wide audience in Germany, although one of them, Das Gespenst (The Ghost), caused a scandal in 1983 because of its alleged blasphemous content.[1] Werner Herzog, a director of the New German Cinema, based his film Heart of Glass on a story by Achternbusch.

Herbert Achternbusch
Born (1938-11-23) 23 November 1938
Munich, Germany
OccupationFilm director
Years active1971 – 2002

In 1981, he directed the film Der Neger Erwin, which was entered into the 31st Berlin International Film Festival.[2] The following year, he directed The Ghost, which was entered into the 33rd Berlin International Film Festival.[3] In 1988, his film Wohin? was entered into the 38th Berlin International Film Festival.[4] In 1995, his film Hades was entered into the 45th Berlin International Film Festival.[5]

Herbert Achternbusch was awarded the German international literary Petrarca-Preis in 1977, but he declined. In 2010, he was awarded the Kassel Literary Prize. He won the Mülheimer Dramatikerpreis in 1986 and 1994.

See also


  1. "Filmszene Bayern: Herbert Achternbusch" Archived 29 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine, Bayerischer Rundfunk Online, 22 November 2006. Accessed 5 May 2007. (in German)
  2. "IMDB.com: Awards for Der Neger Erwin". imdb.com. Retrieved 29 August 2010.
  3. "Berlinale: 1983 Programme". berlinale.de. Retrieved 17 November 2010.
  4. "Berlinale: 1988 Programme". berlinale.de. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
  5. "Berlinale: 1995 Programme". berlinale.de. Retrieved 31 December 2011.


  • Hans-Michael Bock (rd.): The Concise CineGraph. Encyclopedia of German Cinema. New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books 2009, p. 2-3.
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