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Hans W. Geißendörfer was born in 1941 in Augsburg and studied German, Theater Science, Psychology and African Languages. During extensive journeys in Africa and Asia, he made his first 16 mm documentaries and underground films. In 1969 he directed Der Fall Lena Christ. He has been awarded four German Film Awards for his features Jonathan (1970), Der Sternsteinhof (1976), The Glass Cell (Die Glaeserne Zelle, 1978) and The Magic Mountain (Der Zauberberg, 1992). He also received an Oscar nomination for The Glass Cell and a Golden Globe nomination for Justice (Justiz, 1993). As the inventor and producer of the hit TV series Lindenstrasse, he has received numerous television prizes and awards. His other films include: Snowland (Schneeland, 2005) and, most recently, In the World You Have Fear (In der Welt habt ihr Angst, 2010).