Tom Tykwer is a German filmmaker who became famous for such films as Run Lola Run, Cloud Atlas and Perfume. The master's personal film library contains more than 20 films, which successfully prove that modern European art-house cinema may well be liked by the general public.
Childhood and youth
The biography of the future director began in the small West German town of Wuppertal in 1956. From an early age, Tom was fond of cinema, he shot his first mini-pictures on an amateur camera. Tykver loved cinema: in order to watch all the new items, he got a job as a janitor in a cinema. For the sake of an interesting film, the boy could well skip school, which his family did not like very much and negatively affected his academic performance.
Having hardly received a certificate, Tom tried to enter the film school, but failed in the exams. He moved to Berlin, worked part-time in cinemas and on television, took on any projects. A couple of years later, the ambitious young man was lucky. He became a film programmer and met director Rosa von Praunheim, who helped Tykwer start his own professional filming.
Career and creativity
Tykver had no plans to make films for wide distribution. He started with the short film "Because", the film went to one of the festivals and was critically acclaimed. The next picture "Fatal Mary" was a full-length film, it was shown in limited release and was also liked by connoisseurs. However, the general public did not yet suspect the existence of such a director as Tykver, and his films have not yet brought commercial success either.
In 1994, the Director decided to try a new genre, filming the rather successful thriller In Hibernation. A year later, he presented to the public and critics an unusual picture in the postmodern style "Run Lola, Run". The film, shot in the style of a commercial, was very unusual, but the audience appreciated the work of the director. The film was nominated for the Golden Lion and Tykver received several prestigious awards. His name became famous, the audience was eagerly awaiting new works.
In 2000, the film "The Princess and the Warrior" was released about the love of a soldier and a nurse. The picture did not repeat the success of the previous work, and the next film "Paradise", filmed with Hollywood money, was not very successful either. But the next tape became a real sensation. Tykver managed to very successfully film the famous novel by Patrick Suskind "Perfume", masterly conveying the world of smells on the screen. The audience was delighted, the critics also reacted favorably to the new work of the master. In the same year, Tykver shot one of the short stories for the French film Paris, I Love You.
The next 2 years were again not very successful: the films "International" and "Love in Three" failed at the box office. But the director did not lose heart: he began his most ambitious work. In 2012, the Cloud Atlas was presented to the public, co-authored with the Wachowski brothers. The film, consisting of 6 novellas, featured a convoluted script, spectacular editing and unusual visual effects. The film did not gain popularity in wide distribution, but was greeted with enthusiasm at festivals.
Tykver not only makes films, but also writes music for films, both his own and those of others. He is active on social networks, but does not like to talk about his personal life. It is known that the director had more than 2 years of relationship with Franca Potente, who played in his film "Run Lola, Run". Later, Tom shot his beloved in another picture, but by 200, their creative union ended in a peaceful separation.