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05/27/2024 | Pressemitteilung

Johannes Schmid is Grimm Poetry Professor 2024

German film and theater director Johannes Schmid will be honored as Grimm Professor of Poetics at the University of Kassel in 2024. With an inaugural lecture, a poetics seminar and an annotated film screening, he will provide "workshop" insights into his directorial work on June 5 and 6.

The photo shows Johannnes SchmidImage: Patrick Miller
Johannes Schmid

Johannes Schmid (born 1973) lives and works in Stockholm. His artistic productions have a European focus and are set in Sweden, Germany and Austria as well as in Poland, Switzerland and Italy. He acts as a border crosser between film and theater, directing both film and theater productions, adapting literary classics for stage and screen as well as children's books, legends and fairy tales or even unknown or lesser-known texts. One focus of his work is on children's, youth and family stories.

Johannes Schmid's family films "Geschichten vom Franz" (A/D 2022) and "Neue Geschichten vom Franz" (A/D 2023) were great successes with audiences. In addition to these cinematic adaptations of Christine Nöstlinger's books for children and young people, his emphatically author-reflexive literary adaptation "Agnes" (D 2016), based on Peter Stamm's novel of the same name, captivates with its narrative presentation as well as its visual aesthetics. "Wintertochter" (D 2011) won the German Film Award (Golden Lola) in the Best Children's and Youth Film category. His debut feature film "Blöde Mütze!" (D 2007) celebrated its premiere at the Berlinale. The coming-of-age film "Wir für immer" (D 2024) stages a special mother-son constellation with a fine portrayal of characters and will premiere at the Munich Film Festival this summer.

As a theater and opera director, Schmid has staged around 50 productions on European stages. His productions include Franz Kafka's "The Trial", "The Double Bass" by Patrick Süskind, Miguel de Cervantes' "Don Quixote" and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "The Abduction from the Seraglio"as well as "Ronja the Robber's Daughter" by Astrid Lindgren, Paul Maar's "A Week of Saturdays" or "The Snow Queen" and "The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen".

Wednesday, June 5, 2024, 6 to 8 p.m., Campus Center, Lecture Hall III: Public Poetics Lecture: "Zwischen den Stühlen - zwischen den Welten: My directorial work between stage and film".

Thursday, June 6, 2024, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., KW5: Poetics seminar (only for Kassel students with registration): "From script to cinematic reality: pre-production, shooting, post-production in 'Wir für immer' (D 2024) and other films".

Thursday, June 6, 2024, 5 to 8 p.m., Bali Cinema (Kulturbahnhof): Public lecture with film viewing: "Staging fiction in fiction in the literary adaptation 'Agnes' (D 2016)".

Background: The Brothers Grimm Poetry Professorship
The Poetry Professorship has been awarded by the University of Kassel since 1985 and is currently endowed by the Kasseler Sparkasse. So far, important authors, playwrights and filmmakers have been honored - including Herta Müller (1998), Volker Schlöndorff (2011), Felicitas Hoppe (2019), Terézia Mora (2021), Doris Dörrie (2022) and Feridun Zaimoglu (2023). In public events, the prizewinners reflect on artistic processes and their work.


Prof. Dr. Stefanie Kreuzer
Modern German Literature / Media Studies
Tel.: 0561 - 804-3336 (secretary's office)
Mail: stefanie.kreuzer[at]uni-kassel[dot]de