Hans-Juergen Syberberg was born in 1935 in Pomerania/Eastern Germany. In 1947 he moved to Rostock where he came into contact with the theater, music and cinema in the form of Sovexport and DEFA. He also came into contact with Benno Besson of Brecht's Berlin Ensemble and through him was invited by Brecht to Berlin where he made his first film, in 8 mm. In 1955, he moved from East to West Germany, studying literature and art history in Munich. Between 1963 and 1965 he produced over eighty television programs and two music films about Fritz Kortner. In 1965 he became his own producer. Syberberg's works include, among others, Ludwig (1972), Karl May (1974), Winfried Wagner und die Geschichte des Hauses Wahnfried (1975), Hitler - A Film from German (Hitler - Ein Film aus Deutschland, 1977), Parsival (1982), Die Nacht (1985), Fraeulein Else (1987), Penthesilea (1987), Die Marquise von O. (1989), A Dream, What Else? (Ein Traum, was sonst, 1994), and Syberberg Films Brecht (1993).