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Matthias Keilich was born in 1965 in Calw/Baden-Wuerttemberg. After his
schooling, he worked as a sculptor in Stuttgart and Freiburg. In 1993, he enrolled in the German Film & Television Academy (dffb) in Berlin where he studied Scriptwriting and Direction. During his studies, he made such films as Wer aussteigt hat verloren (1996), Tod in New York (1996) and Zu (1998), some of which were co-produced by the television broadcasters SAT.1, SFB, 3sat and ZDF. Neither Fish, Nor Fowl (Nicht Fisch, nicht Fleisch, 2001) was his first feature-length film as well as his graduation film from the dffb, followed by Lumber Kings (Die Koenige der Nutzholzgewinnung, 2006).