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Born in 1932 in Morbach he was one of the leading exponents of New German Cinema. After graduating from high school, he moved to Munich and began to work in various roles in cinema, from screenwriting to editing, from assistant director to cinematographer. In 1962, he was one of the directors, along with Herzog, Kluge, Fassbinder and von Trotta, who signed the Oberhausen Manifesto, which denounced the crisis of German cinema and called for the beginning of a new course, both economic and aesthetic, for the seventh art in Germany. After directing several short films, he made his first feature-length film in 1967, the love story Mahlzeiten (Table for Love), which won the Best Debut Film Award at the Venice International Film Festival. Two years later he returned to Venice with Cardillac and later made several films as co-director (such as the anthology film Das Goldene Ding (The Golden Thing), 1971, presented at the Venice Film Festival) and feature-length films (such as Geschichten vom Kubelkind, 1971, Die Reise nach Wien, 1973, and The Tailor from Ulm, 1978). Reitz achieved international fame at the Venice Film Festival with the preview screening of his monumental film Heimat (1984), a television series in eleven episodes lasting a total of 930 minutes that tells the story of an extended family saga, interwoven with the history of Germany from 1919 to 1982. The project exploring the recent history of Germany continued in the films, all presented at the Venice Film Festival, Die Zweite Heimat Chronik einer Jugend (Heimat II: A chronicle of a Generation, 1992), set between 1960 and 1970, Heimat 3. Chronik einer Zeitenwende (Heimat 3. A Chronicle of Endings and Beginnings, 2004), which told the story of the years between 1989 and 2000 and Heimat. Fragmente (Heimat. Fragments, 2006), a complement to the trilogy composed of scenes that were cut and original material. Reitz returns to the 70th Venice Film Festival Out of Competition with Die Andere Heimat. Chronik einer Sehnsucht (Home From Home. Chronicle of a Vision), set in late nineteenth-century Prussia.
1966 – Abschied von Gestern (Anita G.) – In Competition (cinematography)
1967 – Mahlzeiten (Table for Love) – In Competition (director)
1969 – Cardillac – Invited Films (director)
1971 - Das Goldene Ding (The Golden Thing) – 24. Mostra Internazionale del Film per Ragazzi (director)
1984 – Heimat – Out of Competition (screenplay, director)
1992 – Die Zweite Heimat Chronik einer Jugend (Heimat II: A chronicle of a Generation) – Special Event (director)
2004 – Heimat 3. Chronik einer Zeitenwende (Heimat 3. A Chronicle of Endings and Beginnings) - Venezia Orizzonti Special Screenings (director)
2006 – Heimat. Fragmente (Heimat. Fragments) – Orizzonti (screenplay, director)
2013 - Die Andere Heimat. Chronik einer Sehnsucht (Home from Home. Chronicle of a Vision) – Out of Competition (direction)

1967 – Mahlzeiten (A Table for Love) – Debut Film Award
1984 – Heimat – Fipresci Award

1968 – International Jury Venezia 29
2005 – Jury Venezia 62


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