Marcus Vetter

Marcus Attila Vetter (* 1967 in Stuttgart) is a German documentary filmmaker.

Marcus Vetter in June 2011

Life and careerEdit

After studying in Worms, Buenos Aires and Madrid (with a focus on European Business Management among others) Vetter started working as a trainee at the production company Bavaria Film in Munich and graduated in Media Studies and Practice at the University of Tübingen in 1994. Since 1994 he worked as a freelance editor, writer and director at SDR in Stuttgart, in 1998 he went to SWR in Baden-Baden, to work as a freelance documentary filmmaker for culture and society.

Vetter's autobiographical documentary My Father the Turk (2006) was awarded the Prix Europa for documentaries.[1] In June 2007, his documentary Traders' Dream was released in German cinemas, a global report on the phenomenon Ebay, produced in cooperation with Stefan Tolz.[2] Vetters feature documentary The Heart of Jenin, a film about the Palestinian Ismail Khatib, won the German Film Award 2010 for Best Documentary. Upon completion, Vetter founded the Cinema Jenin e. V., which has the goal to rebuild the cinema Jenin in the West bank that has been closed since 1987. Since 2008 Vetter has regularly been travelling to Jenin in order to promote the project; at the same time he made a film about the project, which was presented in 2012.[3] Simultaneously he filmed the SWR documentary Hunger.[4]

Vetter lives in Tübingen with his wife and two children.[citation needed]


1998: Hardy B. – Psycho gram of a lifer

1999: Life is wonderful – Former pop singers Leismann now touring through construction markets

1999: Megabucks – Daytrader's stock exchange roulette

1999: The Tunnel – About a legendary escape tunnel in Berlin

2000: Where money grows – The EM.TV Story

2001: Broadway Bruchsal – Actors dreams in a little German theatre

2002: War Games – The computer game Counterstrike

2003: Broadway Bruchsal – Actors dreams in a little German theatre

2003: La Florida – The collapse of the banking system in Argentina

2004: From zero to 42 – Docu Soap about amateur Marathon runners

2006: My father the Turk

2006: The Unbreakables – The reanimation of the glass manufacturer Theresienthal

2007: Traders'Dreams – The ebay phenomena

2008: The Heart of Jenin

2009: Hunger – the various faces of hunger

2011: After the Silence – An Israeli woman meets the family of the suicide bomber who killed her husband.

2012: Cinema Jenin – The story of a dream

2013: The International Criminal Court

2014: The Forecaster – The story of Martin Armstrong

2016: Killing for Love – The story of Jens Soering

2019: The Forum - About the World Economic Forum

Awards (selection)Edit

Adolf Grimme Prize 2000 for The Tunnel

German Television Award 2000 for The Tunnel

Adolf Grimme Prize 2001 for Wo das Geld wächst – die EM.TV-Story

Ernst Schneider Award 2001 for Wo das Geld wächst – die EM.TV-Story

Axel Springer Prize[5] 2000 for ...ein Schweinegeld! Daytrader beim Börsenroulette

Ludwig Erhard Prize [4] for ...ein Schweinegeld! Daytrader beim Börsenroulette

Adolf Grimme Special Prize of North Rhine-Westphalia 2002 for Broadway Bruchsal

Prix Europa 2006 for My Father the Turk

The Cinema for Peace Award for the Most Valuable Documentary of the Year 2009[6] for The Heart of Jenin

German Film Awards 2010 for The Heart of Jenin[7]

Robert Geisendörfer Prize 2011 together with Karin Steinberger for Hunger

External linksEdit


  1. ^ Detailed Article about the documentary "My Father the Turk " (German) Accessed January 8, 2017
  2. ^ Official website of "Traders' Dreams" Accessed January 8, 2017
  3. ^ Press Release Cinema Jenin February 2010 (PDF; 2.7 MB) Accessed December 18, 2016
  4. ^ Detailed Article and Trailer about the documentary "Hunger" (German)
  5. ^ Press release from SWR. Accessed December 18, 2016
  6. ^ Welle (, Deutsche. "German filmmaker renovates West Bank cinema | DW | 29.06.2012". DW.COM. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
  7. ^ Prize winners of the German Film Award 2010