Christoph Schaub, born 1958 in Zurich, quit his studies of German to follow his interest in filming. He joined the Videoladen Zürich in 1981 and created his first films in the environment of the Zurich youth movement of the 80s. The most important works from this period are: “Keine Zeiten sich auszuruhn,” a film on the autonomous youth center Zurich, the movie “1 Lovesong” about a squatted house, and “Nachwuchs,” a portrait of Zurich’s Teddy scene. In the following years, Christoph Schaub became an autodidact with the goal to create full-length motion pictures for a cinema audience. He taught himself the necessary skills by working as a camera assistant, assistant director, and as a cutter. Christoph Schaub realized his first own feature film titled “Wendel” in 1987. Today, his cinematic work comprises 10 feature films and 16 documentaries of different formats.
He is known to a larger cinema audience as the director of successful movies such as “Giulias Verschwinden,” “Happy New Year,” “Jeune Homme,” or “Sternenberg.” Documentaries on architecture and urbanistic topics, however, constitute another important part of his creative work.
Schaub taught as a visiting lecturer at different schools from 1996 to 2004. He was a co-founder of the Morgental cinemas (1992 until their closing in 2002), as well as the studio cinemas RiffRaff (1998), Houdini (2014) in Zurich, and Bourbaki (2007) in Lucerne. Christoph Schaub is a member of the “Swiss Film Academy,” the European Film Academy” (EFA), and the “Asian Pacific Screen Academy.” His films receive broad attention and are celebrated on national and international level.