You’re Invited: Women and Hollywood Talks Europe vs Hollywood with German Director Frauke Thielecke

Frauke Thielecke

Wondering how women fare in the European film and TV industry compared to Hollywood? You’re in luck. Award-winning German director Frauke Thielecke will speak about her experiences directing film and TV, challenges and opportunities for women in the business, and the steps she took to success at an upcoming event moderated by Melissa Silverstein, Women and Hollywood’s founder and publisher. A reception will follow the discussion.

The event, titled “I-House Presents: Women in Film: Europe vs. Hollywood, In Conversation with Frauke Thielecke,” is free and open to the public, and will take place Monday, March 27 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at International House in New York. You can register and find further information here.

Thielecke’s career spans nearly 20 years, and her credits include episodes of “Kate Rosen,” “Partners in Justice,” and “The Country Doctor.” She’s currently preparing four episodes of “SOKO Munich,” a TV crime series, and two features set in and around Boston. Thielecke is an instructor at the Medienakademie in Berlin and Hamburg and at several acting schools in Germany.

Germany submitted a woman-directed film for consideration in the Best Foreign Language Film category at this year’s Academy Awards. Maren Ade’s “Toni Erdmann” scored a nomination, and while it didn’t win an Oscar, the dark comedy about an uptight daughter (Sandra Hüller) and carefree father (Peter Simonischek) racked up plenty of awards and honors, including Best Film and Best Director at the European Film Awards. “There are not enough women directing films. In Germany, we have this discussion now about a quota system as well, and I think we should try it, because concerning the public money, it should be equal,” Ade has said.

We’ll have to wait for the event to see if Thielecke agrees that a quota system is a good idea. In the meantime, check out one of her shorts, “Dark Red,” or “Dunkelrot,” below.