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Charly Weller was born in 1951 in Marburg an der Lahn. He studied Theology, Law and Journalism in Berlin. During his studies, he completed the television documentary 4 Wochen ohne Fernsehen, which won the Adolf-Grimme Award in 1975. In 1980, he became an assistant director under the guidance of Peter Fleischmann. He has directed Wetzlar ist nicht Washington, Favoriten, and Doberstein for the German public broadcaster ZDF. His short film The Only Forgotten Take of Casablanca won the Prix du Jury at Cannes in 1983, the Short Film Prize at Figueira da Foz and was shown at over 20 festivals worldwide. He won the Max-Ophuels Award in 1991 for his first feature film Schlammbeisser. He has directed more than 40 episodes of numerous television series, including: Ein Fall fuer Zwei, Auf Achse, Schwarz greift ein, Im Namen des Gesetzes and Die Kommissarin, as well as the feature (, 2001).