Baran bo odar

baran bo odar, or ,bo‘ how everybody calls him, was born in switzerland in 1978.
the early passion to tell, moving‘ stories had saved him from lots of trouble in his childhood days, coming up with fantastic tall tales for setting the kitchen underwater, shaving the christmas tree and other family experiments. so bo decided to use his story talent for the better and studied directing at the munich film school.

he has worked on several commercials, music videos and short films. in 2011 he has finished his debut film ,the silence‘ (staring ulrich thomson, wotan wilke möhring, burghart klaussner and katrin sass), which premiered at the piazza grande in locarno last year and went on to an exciting festival tour, winning lots of prices, selling to over 15 countries worldwide and gained bo a spot as one of the variety‘s ten directors to watch of 2011. since then he is also represented by the united talent agency in los angeles for feature films and his career gets ahead.    
in october 2014 his feature film ,who am i' (staring tom schilling, elyas m'barek, wotan wilke möhring, hannah herzsprung, antoine monnot jr.) started very successful.

bo is a true multitasking director, he has a strong visual language, a great sense of working with actors, he is always well prepared and apart from that simply a cool guy to hang out with. but the best thing about him is, that he never forgets that the backbone of each project is a moving story.

bo speaks german & english, un pocito espanol ve biras türkce.

Baran bo odar

selection of commercials:

client: sparkasse
product: sparkasse hessen/thüringen
agency: schitto & schmodde
production company: neue sentimental film ag, frankfurt

client: panasonic
product: panasonic lumix
production company: neue sentimental film ag, hamburg

bsr vs. magnum
client: berliner stadtreinigung & magnum
product: berliner stadtreinigung
agency: etwas neues entsteht
production company: neue sentimental film ag, berlin

client: proctor & gamble
product: swiffer
agency: leo burnett
production company: neue sentimental film ag, frankfurt

union investment
client: union investment
product: uniprofi anlage
agency: mv brand
production company: neue sentimental film ag, frankfurt

client: union investment
product: uniprofi anlage
agency: plantage berlin
production company: neue sentimental film ag, frankfurt

bmw mini
client: bmw
product: mini
production company: lüthje schneider filmproduction munich

client: bosad association
product: bosad
agency: ogilvy
production company: pow film, istanbul

client: lichterkette e.v.
product: „unser beitrag zur deutschen leitkultur“
production company: hff munich

client: bifi
product: bifi
production company: hff munich

feature films:

sleepless (2017)

who am i

the silence
(warner bros. pictures)

under the sun
(zdf & arte)

short films:

we search for luck
kill your stereo
mr. schmidt & mrs. kovacek

tv serie:

dark (2017)
(6 episodes)

selection of music videos:

nova international - star
client: sony bmg music group

nova international - bored
client: ni records

zinoba - der hype
client: sony bmg music group

die happy - slow day
client: sony bmg music group

Baran bo odar

awards / festivals

who am i

zurich film festival (best film in focus Switzerland, germany, austria - nominated) 2014
bavarian film awards (best direction) 2015
bambi (film national) 2015
german directors award metropolis (best feature film - nominated) 2015
german film awards (best screenplay - nominated) 2015

the silence

award for best adaptation 2010 (frankfurt book fair)
locarno film festival 2010
variety 10 directors to watch 2011 award
special jury award at beaune film festival
nominated for german film critic award
audience award at german crime festival
nominated for prix europe 2011
pusan film festival 2010
stockholm film festival 2010
palm spring film festival 2011
whistler film festival 2010
cameraimage film festival 2010
sao paulo film festival 2010
cleveland film festival 2011
los angeles german currents festival 2010
san francisco berlin & beyond festival 2010
directors guild of america new york 2010
reel talk toronto 2010
film comments selects new york 2010
goethe institut film festival washington 2011
munich film festival 2010
goethe institut film tour australia 2011
and many many more...

under the sun

studio hamburg award 2006 for best director
best cinematography award at slamdance film festival 2007
starter award 2007
award 2006 at mediencampus bayern
nominated for first steps award 2006
nominated for german cinematography award 2006
nominated for max ophüls award 2006
nominated for best debut feature - raindance film festival 2006
film festival max ophüls preis 2006
montreal world film festival 2006
slamdance film festival 2007 / park city usa
raindance film festival 2006 london
sao paulo international film festival 2006
german film week paris 2006
international festival of film schools 2006
international film festival frankfurt 2006
filmz mainz film festival 2006
sehsuechte film festival 2006
weiterstadt film festival 2006
and many more...


1st award filmfestival zlin
jury mention at schweriner filmfestival 2005
jury mention at filmfestival braunschweig 2005
nominated for starter award 2005
nominated for "leo" 2005
55. berlinale festival 2005
15. schweriner filmfestival 2005
internationales videofestival bochum 2005
festroia international film festival portugal 2005
filmfestival zlin 2005
internationales kurzfilmfestival hamburg 2005
filmfestival cambridge 2005
filmfestival goyang south korea 2005
filmfestival weiterstadt 2005
filmfestival flensburg 2005
filmfestival osnabrück 2005
14. internationales filmfestival moscow 2005
backup filmfestival weimar 2005
filmfestival braunschweig 2005
prague short film festival 2005
foyle filmfestival northern ireland 2005
clermont ferrand filmfestival 2006
and many more...


1st award filmfestival bologna italy

bmw mini

adc award 2006
nominated for first steps award 2006
silver award at porsche „david“ award 2006
young directors award (shortlist) at cannes lions 2006
shortlist spotlight werbefilmfestival 2006


1st award adc-competition "food"
audience award spotlight festival 1999
cannes screening 2000

Baran bo odar

Anorak Film, germany, amsterdam (excl.)
radical media, usa (excl.)
radical media, Uk (excl.)
radical media, china (excl.)

Baran bo odar
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