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Tom Schreiber was born in 1969 in Freising. He worked as a camera assistant in still life photography and documentary film before studying Film at the Academy of Media Arts (KHM) in Cologne in 1994. During an 8-month scholarship at the Escuela de Cine y Televisión in Cuba, he shot the short film Viene del Cielo (together with Christian Becker). He finished his studies in Cologne with the award-winning short film Vita Reducta.
After his work as an assistant director for various feature films and as a director of several TV documentaries, he shot his first feature film Fools (Narren), which had its premiere at the Berlinale 2002. Dr. Alemán is his second feature.