Ulrich Köhler was born in 1969. He studied Fine Arts in France, Philosophy in Hamburg, and Visual Communication at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg. His feature films BUNGALOW and WINDOWS ON MONDAY premiered in the Berlinale Forum and have screened at many festivals worldwide, winning numerous awards. SLEEPING SICKNESS premiered in Competition at the Berlinale in 2011 and won the Silver Bear for Best Directing. IN MY ROOM (2018) premiered in Cannes' Un Certain Regard. A VOLUNTARY YEAR (2019, in co-direction with Henner Winckler) is his latest feature.