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Kai Gero Lenke

Kai Gero Lenke


Scriptwriter, Film Director


Kai Gero Lenke is a director, writer and producer. Born in Bremen, Germany, he began his career as assistant director and playwright. As a writer he received numerous international scholarships and awards. He studied Creative Writing at the renowned German Literature Institute in Leipzig and the Swiss Literature Institute in Bern. In 2009 he started his own Berlin-based production company Beauty Killed The Beast. The company's first feature was part of the pre-selection for the German Academy Awards and screened at the Berlin International Film Festival. In 2015 he received his MFA in Directing and Screenwriting from Columbia University in New York City where he was instructed by professors like Ramin Bahrani, Eric Mendelsohn and Julia Solomonoff. He also attended master classes and lectures by such filmmakers as Alejandro González Iñárritu, Isabelle Huppert, Denis Villeneuve, Wim Wenders and Skip Lievsay.
As a filmmaker Kai Gero Lenke produced, wrote and directed films in Australia, Lebanon, Germany, Norway and the US. His short films have been screened at numerous film festivals worldwide where they received awards. Notable festivals include the Hof International Film Festival, Calgary International Film Festival, Palm Springs Film Festival, Orlando Film Festival, Brooklyn Film Festival, Austin Film Festival and Raindance. He is a recipient of scholarships by the German Academic Exchange Service, the German National Academic Foundation, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the Wim Wenders Foundation. Since 2015 he is represented by the Felix Bloch Erben Management and Agency in Berlin. In 2018 he worked as head writer for a crime drama TV series produced by UFA Fiction. He lives in Berlin, Germany and in a small village on the west coast of Norway. Currently he is developing his first feature length movie as both writer and director, which will be produced by NiKo Film Berlin.