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Sven Taddicken was born in 1974 in Hamburg and studied directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemburg from 1996-2002. For his short film COUNTING SHEEP (1999), he was nominated for the Student Academy Awards®. His feature debut GETTING MY BROTHER LAID (2001) premiered in the Official Competition at the Rotterdam Film Festival where it also received the FIPRESCI Critics' Award. His second feature EMMA’S BLISS (2006) premiered in the Zabaltegi Competition of the San Sebastian IFF and won numerous international awards including Best Screenplay (Hamptons IFF, 2006) and an Audience Award (Sevilla IFF, 2006). His third feature 12 PACES WITHOUT A HEAD (2009) about the legendary German high-sea pirate Klaus Störtebeker was released by Warner Bros. Germany and premiered at the Shanghai IFF (2010). ORIGINAL BLISS (2016) is his 4th feature film as a director.