Timo Jacobs

1.Your project has entered in our festival. What is your project about?

It's about desire, betrayal and missing love in abundance, it's about the search for a better place.

2. What are your ambitions with your project?

I'm happy to trigger the certain parts in us all which we are usually too comfortable with to confront.

3. Tell us something about your shooting? What pleasantly surprised you?

I'm always impressed when I see everything begin to get going. See, at first you have an idea about something, then you look for the words to express your idea, and finally it learns to walk on its own, which always a big surprise in itself.

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4. For what group of spectators is your film targeted?

The topics of humans striving for fulfilment in life and the search for the missing ingredient of love are pretty much present in everyone who has blood running through their veins or air in their lungs, but you know what... it might be better if you ask this question to our distributor?

5. Why should distributors buy your film?

It's a movie about the beauty of failure, so it's pretty clear that you can only win.

6. How would you specify your work? What characterizes your film?

I prefer it if other people give you the answer to that, because they have the privilege of a certain kind of distance to my work.

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7. Why did yo
u decided to become a filmmaker?

I like the sensory overload you get when you bring all the layers of movie-making together, which is really relaxing and fulfilling for me. It's working with my intuition which nourishes my soul.

8. Who is your role model?

When I was young I had Pippi Langstrumpf as a role model, then when I got older I saw that nobody could do things any better than her.

9. Which movies are your favorites? Why?
I like to get something out of a movie - it doesn't always have to be clear what it is exactly - but it's gotta make me think about something.

I don't like it if I can foresee or predict too much, unless it is a Blake Edwards movie.

I like Nicolas Roeg, Quentin Dupieux, Adam McKay or Mary Harron to name four totally different artists.

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10. Where do you look for inspiration for your films?

The world is full of beauty, but usually I tell stories about neurotic people living in the city, and to sort that out and to get clear about what I exactly want to say, I take long walks in the nature, sometimes.

11. Which topics interest you the most?

Beauty and love.
12. What do you consider your greatest achievement in your career?

 I try not to look at the world like that. I think that in itself is a pretty good achievement, if you want to describe it that way.
13. What do you consider most important about filming?

 That the camera has enough battery.

14. Which film technique of shooting do you consider the best?

 That would take at least a weekend workshop to answer precisely. It totally depends on the story and how you want to tell it. The budget isn't even is a big issue anymore.

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15. How would you rate/What is your opinion about current filmmaking?

My opinion about current filmmaking? I don't exactly know where you are going with that question, but I'm sure it's good. Good times.

16. What can disappoint you in a movie?

 In a movie? One that I'm watching? If I don't believe a word.

17. Who supports you in your film career?

 My Agent and my friends.

18. What are the reactions to your film?

It often feels like people want to be my friends, maybe out of compassion? (flutter their eyelids?)

19. Have you already visited any of the prestigious film festivals?

Festivals seem to like the film, at least it won over fifty awards at various festivals around the world.

20. What are your future plans in your filmmaking career?

I just finished a series titled „Benches of Berlin".  I think I´m pretty happy and I´m trying to „keeping it rolling".


TIMO JACOBS is a director, producer, writer and actor living in Berlin.

As an actor he has appeared in films such as DREILEBEN - KOMM MIR NICHT NACH by Dominik Graf and DREILEBEN - EINE MINUTE DUNKEL by Christoph Hochhäusler. Both premiered at the 61st Berlin International Filmfestival and received the German Television Award and the Grimme Prize.

In 2011 Timo Jacobs played with Mario Adorf in GEGENGERADE, a film that portraits the environment of the FC St. Pauli soccer club. He was also awarded the Bambi for his role as the eastern-german Uwe in BORNHOLMER STRASSE by Christian Schwochow.

Since 2016 Timo Jacobs has became a core-member of the Team DER KRIMINALIST with Christian Berkel, a series for german television ZDF.

For international films he starred in MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA by Spike Lee and CARLOS / LE PRIX DU CHACAL by Olivier Assayas. Also, he could be seen in Salvatore Mereus' ASSANDIRA which premiered at the 77th Venice International Film Festival.

Some highlights in Theater include DIE WAHLVERWANDSCHAFTEN by J.W. Goethe and KING OEDIPUS by Sophocles at Theater Zürich.

With his film company Timo Jacobs produced his first feature KLAPPE COWBOY! which premiered at the Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis and was an immediate success with critics and viewers. In 2016 his second film MANN IM SPAGAT followed.

His most recent film STAND UP! Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places introduces a burnt-out, struggling comedian played by himself. The film has been screened worldwide and received numerous awards (New York City International Film Festival and 21st Beverly Hills Film Festival). In addition the film was selected as a wildcard for the GERMAN FILMPREIS.

A new documentary series BENCHES OF BERLIN - Schönheit der Krise about artists dealing with their creativity crises is currently in development.

Timo Jacobs is a member of the German- and the European Film Academy.