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Thomas Jahn was born in Hueckelhoven/Hilfarth in 1965 and made his first Super 8 films at the age of 12. He wrote his first screenplay, Die Todesinsel der Zombies, a year later and made his first feature, Von Zeit zu Zeit, in 1993, acting as his own screenwriter, producer and cameraman as well as taking on the directing chores. His Knockin' On Heaven's Door, starring Til Schweiger and Jan Josef Liefers, was the top German film in 1997 with 3.6 million admissions. After his third feature, Kai Rabe vs. The Vatican Killers (Kai Rabe gegen die Vatikankiller, 1998), he shot Herzbeben - Die Nacht, die alles veraenderte (TV, 1998) and Herz und Nieren (2002).