Christoph Schaub

After his graduation, matura type B in Zurich, Christoph Schaub began his German studies, which he soon gave up in favour of the film world.  As a member of the media cooperative “Videoladen Zürich” he worked as an editor, cinematographer and assistant director in many film projects in the 80ies. In 1988 the production company “Dschoint Ventschr” came into existence; Schaub withdrew from it in 1992.

One year later, he, together with like-minded people, initiated the cinema “Morgental” in Zurich. He was also a co-founder of the “Neugasse Kino AG”, which built the cinema “Riffraff” in 1998 and took over the cinemas “Bourbaki” in Luzern in 2007.

He has been chairmen of the board of directors of the “Neugasse Kino AG” since its foundation. In 1996, he began his engagement as a freelance lecturer i.a. at the Zurich University of the Arts. At the Expo 02 he was in charge of the cinematic projects at the “ONOMA” exhibition.

His comedy “Sternenberg”, which was actually a television production, attracted an audience of over 120.000 after it was released to theatres by “Buena Vista International”. This success enabled him, in 2005, to make the bilingual comedy “Jeune Homme”.

In 2007, Christoph Schaub, in collaboration with Michael Schindhelm, completed the long-term oberservation of the Beijing National Stadium built by the architects Herzog & de Meuron. The Film “Bird’s Nest – Herzog & de Meuron in China” attracted attention worldwide. In 2008, the feature film “Happy New Year” followed; a portmanteau film telling five parallel stories on Christmas Eve.

In 2009, Christoph Schaub created the comedy “Julia’s Disappearance” based on a script by Martin Suter. It won him i.a. the Audience Award at the Locarno Inernational Film Festival. “Julia’s Disappearance” became Switzerland’s most successful 2009 film.

In 2012, “Lullaby Ride”, a co-production with X Film Creative Pool, also celebrated its premiere at the Piazza Grande in Locarno.

Schaub’s most recent documenaty, “Millions can walk”, is the story of the 2012 month-long walk across India, with its poorest people, the “Adhivasi”. Christoph Schaub is member of the Swiss Film Academy and the European Film Academy (EFA).

Christoph Schaub

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