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 AKIZ studied Directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. His short film DER MARIANENGRABEN (1995) and his graduation film JOHN & LUCIE (1996) were both nominated for an Oscar® in the Foreign Film category of the Student Academy Award. In 1995, he attended the University of Southern California for post-graduate studies. He produced documentaries and worked as a freelancer until 2004. At the same time, he worked on sculptures, paintings and other art projects. His short film PAINTING REALITY (2010) was featured in Banksy‘s film THE ANTIC‘S ROAD SHOW. AKIZ founded the production company OOO-Films in 2012 which produced DER NACHTMAHR as its first feature film. Kim Gordon presented AKIZ’s work within “PopRally” at the MoMA in New York together with AdRock (Beastie Boys) in 2014. DER NACHTMAHR is the first part of the “demoniac trilogy“, which deals with the triptych “birth/love/death“as a cinematic cycle.