Thomas Woschitz

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Thomas Woschitz
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Born (1968-04-22) 22 April 1968 (age 51)
Nationality Austrian
OccupationFilm Director, Screenwriter, Film Editor

Thomas Woschitz (born 22 April 1968 in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee) is an Austrian film director, screenwriter and film editor.


Life and work

Thomas Woschitz grew up in Austria and studied at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome under Lina Wertmüller. After working as a film editor for feature films (he was nominated for a Silver Ribbon award for Best Editing for La Capa Gira, [1] directed by Alessandro Piva), he went on to direct a series of short films that were screened at major film festivals: Girls and Cars (2004) was screened in the Semaine de la Critique section of the Cannes Film Festival [2] .

Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia Italian school for teaching, research and experimentation in the field of cinematography

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Lina Wertmüller Italian film writer and director

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<i>Universalove</i> 2008 film by Thomas Woschitz

Universalove is a 2008 Austrian romantic tragedy film directed by Thomas Woschitz. It debuted in Canada at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival on September 5, 2008, and, after a re-edit which involved substituting the New York episode, was awarded the Max-Ophüls Preis at the 30th Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis, that took place January 16 to February 1, 2009.



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