« Just when we believed that dogma has reinvented the cinema for the last time, the directors Paulus & Hillebrand conjure on screen the magic of the unexpected with an approach that is as exceptional as their heroine. »


Geri Krebs, NEUE ZÜRCHER ZEITUNG  
about WHEN THE RIGHT ONE COMES ALONG






Awards (selection)

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Max Ophuls Award — 1995
Study Award of the Solothurn Government — 1997
Special Mention San Sebastian IFF — 2003
Best First Feature Award Berlin & Beyond FF, San Francisco — 2004
Best First Feature Award Festroia, Setubal — 2005
Best Artistic Contribution Award Cairo IFF — 2007
Award for Filmmaking of the Solothurn Government — 2008
Nomination Best Feature Film Swiss Film Awards — 2009
SUISA Best Music Award Locarno IFF — 2009





Oliver Paulus was born in 1969 in Dornach, Switzerland. After attending School of Fine Arts in Basel, he studied directing and screenwriting at  Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Germany.


« ... in any case the work of the two directors Stefan Hillebrand and Oliver Paulus has to be considered as politically active. (...) in their films you meet real people - people speaking their dialects, people being nagged by warts, weird facial expressions and dwarfism. And as these characters collide, unexpectedly, impulsively, without shock absorber and in the pure heat of the moment - this is amusing and touching like a communicative bumper car ride in the subtly eroticized working life surrounding. »

Eva Mar, SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG 
about SO LONG, MY HEART!



In 1995 Oliver was honoured with the Max Ophuls Award, Study Award in 1997 and the Award for Filmmaking of the Solothurn Government in 2008.

In 2005 he got invited to direct the Parisienne People commercial in the succession of such outstanding directors as Jean-Luc Godard, the Coen brothers, David Lynch and Roman Polanski.





Filmography

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WHEN THE RIGHT ONE COMES ALONG, 2003  —  feature film
Special Mention, 51st San Sebastián IFF 2003  
 

SO LONG, MY HEART!, 2006  —  feature filmSpecial Critic’s Award, Schermi d’Amore IFF Verona 2007

TANDOORI LOVE, 2008  —  feature film
Best Artistic Contribution Award, 32nd Cairo IFF 2008

KEEP ROLLIN’, 2013 —  feature film
Nominated Best Feature Film, Hessian Film Awards 2013

LEVEL UP YOUR LIFE, 2018 —  feature film

MAKING A CHANGE, 2018 —  documentary


Short films

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HIS MOTHER’S VOICE, 1994 —  short film
REALITY, 1996 —  short film
THE DAY OTTO CAME, 1997 —  short film
ON THE TILES, 1998 —  short film
THE PRESENT, 2001 —  short film
THE BUTCHER’S BRIDE, 2001 —  short film
THE ILLITERATE, 2007 —  short film


Projects in development

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DIE EXFREUNDINNEN —  feature film director, co-author with Anikó Donáth and Isabelle Flachsmann, production: CONDOR FILMS

THE LATE ALAN MILBRANDT —  feature filmdirector, co-author with Justin Edgar, production: 104 FILMS, MOTORFILM

VIERTE SÄULE THAILAND —  feature film co-author with Martin Guggisberg, production: TURNUS FILM





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