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Rudolf Thome was born in Wallau/Lahn in 1939 and studied German, Philosophy and History in Munich and Bonn. He began writing film reviews in 1962 for various newspapers and magazines. In 1964, he collaborated with Max Zihlmann and Klaus Lemke on his first short film, DIE VERSÖHNUNG. He then became managing director of the Munich Film Critics' Club in 1965 and founded his own production company, Moana-Film, in 1977. He received the 2nd place Guild Award in the category Best German Film for BERLIN CHAMISSOPLATZ in 1981, and the International Film Critics' Award in Montreal in 1989 for his film THE PHILOSOPHER. His film PARADISO (1999) won a Silver Bear at Berlin in 2000. His other films include: STELLA (1966), RED SUN (ROTE SONNE, 1969), SUPERGIRL (1971), MADE IN GERMANY AND USA (1974), LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT (LIEBE AUF DEN ERSTEN BLICK, 1991), DAS GEHEIMNIS (1995), JUST MARRIED (1998), VENUS TALKING (2001), RED AND BLUE (ROT UND BLAU, 2002), WOMAN DRIVING, MAN SLEEPING (FRAU FÄHRT, MAN SCHLÄFT, 2003), YOU TOLD ME YOU LOVE ME (DU HAST GESAGT, DASS DU MICH LIEBST, 2005), SMOKE SIGNS (RAUCHZEICHEN, 2006), THE VISIBLE AND THE INVISIBLE (DAS SICHTBARE UND DAS UNSICHTBARE, 2007), PINK (2008), and THE RED ROOM (DAS ROTE ZIMMER, 2010).