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Christoph Lauenstein was born in 1962 and has been working with his twin-brother Wolfgang in stop-motion animation since 1980. In 1985, Christoph entered the Kassel Academy of Arts. Their films include: The Girlfriend (Die Freundin, 1980), The Sidetrip (Der Abstecher, 1984), Pithecanthropus Erectus (1986) and Balance (1989), which won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short in 1989.