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January 3, 1969

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AKIZ, (Achim Bornhak) born in 1969, studied direction at the Film Academy Baden-Wuerttemberg. Two of his student films got nominated at the Academy Awards for the Oscar. In 1995 AKIZ received a scholarship to attend graduate film school at the University of Southern California. 1997 he directed his highly acclaimed debut "SCHOOLS OUT".1999, AKIZ moved to Los Angeles where he worked on documentaries, independent projects and screenplays. During this time until 2004, he also created the first prototypes of the creature for his feature film "DER NACHTMAHR".AKIZ returned to Germany and directed for Warner Brothers the feature film "Das Wilde Leben", which was released in the theaters 2007 and got nominated in two categories for the German Film Awards. The film also received the highest German predicate of the Deutsche Filmbewertungstelle "Besonders Wertvoll" and got screened 2013 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York at the PopRally by Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth) and the Ad Rock (Beasty Boys). read more

The film's title song "SUMMERWINE" by Lee Hazelwood (sung by Ville Valo and the lead actress Natalia Avelon) received double-platinum status and went to become the most successful German film song of all times.Parallel to his films AKIZ created paintings and sculptures in his studio in the South Tyrolean Alps under his pseudonym AKIZ.David Lynch and the Bizzurkearmy exposed AKIZ artwork in 2008 at the Engine Collision Fest in Los Angeles. In 2010 AKIZ realized his short film and art piece "PAINTING REALITY". The film got got featured in BANKSY'S film about international street artists "The Antics Roadshow". PAINTING REALITY was also screened at the Saatchi Gallery in London.In the same year AKIZ directed the short film "EVOKATION" for the Electric Cinema of the Soho House London and collaborated with Philipp Virus in projects of Philipp Virus, Atari Teenage Riot, Dinosaur Jr, and many others.2012 he launched his film production company OOO- FILMS. In 2013 he realized his longterm project and highly ambitious feature film "DER NACHTMAHR". The German theatrical release is planned for 2015.

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