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Andreas Hoentsch was born in Berlin in 1957, grew up in Dresden, and studied direction at the Academy for Film & Television (HFF/B) in Babelsberg from 1980-1984. After graduation, he worked as an assistant director on a staging of Don Giovanni at Dresden's Semper Opera and was also an assistant director on various cinema and TV productions at the DEFA feature film studios until 1990. He beganmaking short features from 1981 and directed his first full-length feature with Der Strass in 1990, receiving the Audience Award at the Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken in 1991. Forgiveness (Vergebung, 1994) is Hoentsch's second feature film.