The travelling was very important — searching for something but at the same time very open, wandering around and hoping to experience something…and then you stay. But this is something I’m always interested in, this combination or contrasts between an idea, fiction and then some kind of reality. (Valeska Grisebach)
Born in 1968, Valeska Grisebach is a German director and screenwriter. She studied Philosophy before moving on to Direction at the Vienna Film Academy under the tutelage of Michael Haneke and Ulrich Seidl. That is also where she met Barbara Albert and Jessica Hausner, with whom she shares a talent for documentary observation and sensitivity to social issues, captured in their most intimate displays. Her debut, Mein Stern, won a FIPRESCI Award at the Toronto Festival, while Longing took home prizes in Buenos Aires, Gijón, and Warsaw.