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Thomas Crecelius was born in 1942 in Frankfurt. He started shooting documentaries in 1986. Before that he worked as a journalist for several German newspapers and wrote several novels published by Rowohlt-Verlag. He made various documentaries for the broadcasters WDR and NDR, among them Harte Zeiten fuer wilde Herzen (1992), which won the Robert-Geissendoerfer-Prize in 1992. As a dubbing director for cinema, he has worked for directors like Spike Lee, Aki Kaurismaeki and Gus van Sant. His other films include: Metroplex (1986), Herberge am Ku'damm (1988), Die Gewalt und ihr Preis (1993), Nachts in der Notaufnahme (1999), and Andiamo! (2004), among others.