She started studying acting in 1992 at the Scuola Teatro Dimitri in Verscio (Ticino) and in Studio 033 in Hamburg.From 1994 to 1996 she studied at the University for Music and Theatre Hamburg. Already during this time, her career started in Detlev Buck's film comedy "Männerpension". Marie Bäumer lives in France and in Germany, for her work she was 2011 awarded by the French Minister of Culture with the “Chevalier de l'Ordre National des Arts et des Lettres“. 2016 she received its first award of her choice-home France: at the 29th FIPA - Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels in Biarritz Marie Bäumer was awarded the FIPA D'OR Best Actress Drama for the ZDF Arthouse film "Brief an mein Leben". In 2018 she received the German Film Award for her starring role as Romy Schneider in the movie "3 Days in Quiberon"
Sibel Kekilli became known worldwide through the female lead role in the movie "Against the Wall". The film was awarded the Golden Bear at the 2004 Berlinale, and was awarded the European Film Prize for Best European Film of 2004 in Barcelona. Sibel Kekilli also received several major film awards for her acting performance in this film. Kekilli has since participated in a number of international feature film productions. For her first starring role in the Turkish feature film "Eve Dönüş", she won Best Actress at the most important national film festival in Turkey, the Golden Orange Film Festival. For her title role in the movie "Die Stranger" she received the Bernhard Wicki Film Award, the actor prize of the Film Festival Turkey / Germany, for the second time the German Film Award and the Best Actress Award at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. She was known to a worldwide audience as a prostitute "Shae" in the HBO-produced American television series "Game of Thrones".
Simon Schwarz took acting lessons at the Zurich Anne Wolholl School and attended the School of Dramatic Arts Ernst Busch in Berlin. He is also trained as a dancer. The actor became known through the Austrian peasant drama "Die Siebtelbauern" (1998), for which he was awarded the Max Ophüls Prize for Best Newcomer. His breakthrough comes at the side of the Austrian cabaret artist Josef Hader in the black comedy "Come, sweet death". After engagements at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt, at the Stadttheater Luzern and at the Joll Théatre Basel, he played in Germany and Austria in a wealth of cinema and television feature film productions.
Stephan Wagner studied at the Academy of Music and the Performing Arts, Film & Television (Filmakademie Wien), Vienna, in 1990 - 96 Direction and screenplay. In 2004, he received the Adolf-Grimme-Prize in the fiction and entertainment category, together with the actors Christoph Waltz and Armin Rohde, for his film "Dienstreise" (What a Night). In 2013, he received a second Grimme Prize for Der Fall Jakob von Metzler, together with the actor Robert Atzorn and the screenplay author Jochen Bitzer. He received the third Grimme Award in 2014 for murder in Eberswalde together with the actors Ronald Zehrfeld, Florian Panzner as well as the author Holger Karsten Schmidt and the production designer Zazie Knepper. Stephan Wagner is a member of the Bundesverband Regie, where he was elected to the board in February 2005, as well as a member of the German Film Academy, the Academy of Austrian Films and the German Academy of Performing Arts. Since 2014 he has been director of the Federal Film Board for the Federal Association.
The Bundesverband Regie eV (BVR) is a professional association and artist association and represents the artistic, social, legal and economic interests of filmmakers in Germany since 1975. The association, headquartered in Berlin, represents film directors and television directors - also as script authors and producers - as well as director assistants and script / continuities from the fields of cinema, television, documentation, synchronization, music video, show, advertising and industrial film. In 2017, the Federal Government's Directorate will send two jury members.