Chris Sievernich

Nightclub owner and manager, Producer, Executive
A German-born producer of international feature films, Chris Sievernich has amassed a body of work that reflects the worldwide nature of the film industry today. In addition to having produced numerous films directed by ... Read more »
Born: 12/10/1946 in Germany


Producer (26)

Drive Thru 2014 (Movie)


Plague 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Tamara 2006 (Movie)


Drum 2004 (Movie)


One Point 0 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Quiet American 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Wedding Planner 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Nurse Betty 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Crow: Salvation 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Where the Money Is 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Snakes and Ladders 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Innocent 1995 (Movie)


Rebecca's Daughters 1992 (Movie)


No Picnic 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Dead 1987 (Movie)


John Huston & The Dubliners 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Paradise 1985 (Movie)


Tokyo-Ga 1985 (Movie)


Chinese Boxes 1984 (Movie)


I Played It For You 1984 (Movie)

(ShangriLa segments) (Executive Producer)

Paris, Texas 1984 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Chambre 666 1983 (Movie)


Fluchtpunk Berlin 1982 (Movie)


Der Stand der Dinge 1981 (Movie)


Lightning Over Water 1980 (Movie)

Production Management (2)

Dear Mr. Wonderful 1981 (Movie)

(Production Manager)

Liebe und Abenteuer 1977 (Movie)

(Production Manager)
Actor (2)

Chinese Boxes 1984 (Movie)

Snake (Actor)

Lightning Over Water 1980 (Movie)



A German-born producer of international feature films, Chris Sievernich has amassed a body of work that reflects the worldwide nature of the film industry today. In addition to having produced numerous films directed by fellow German Wim Wenders, Sievernich has produced films directed by the British John Schlesinger, the Irish Trish McAdam, and the final film directed by the American turned Irish citizen John Huston.

With a background as a jazz club owner and manager, Sievernich moved into features as a production manager on "Liebe und Abenteuer/Love and Adventure" (1978) and other German films before connecting with Wenders and Nicholas Ray as producer on "Lightning Over Water" (1979), which recounted the last days of Ray's life. He and Wenders continued their association with "Der Stand der Dinge/The State of Things" (1982), which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. On the taut "Paris, Texas" (1984), about a man lost for four years trying to put his life and family back together, Sievernich served as executive producer. Other collaborations with the director include "Chambre 666" (1984) and "Tokyo-Ga" (1985). Sievernich also functioned as a production consultant on "Wings of Desire" (1987), which earned the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

New York became the base for Sievernich's Gray City, Inc., a division of his London-based Nova Films. He has produced two films by Christopher Petit ("Fluchtpunk Berlin/Flight to Berlin" 1983; "Chinese Boxes" 1984) while in 1987, he produced John Huston's final film, the elegiac "The Dead", based on a James Joyce short story. During that film's shoot, he also executive produced the documentary "John Huston & The Dubliners" (1987), a study of the icon's last years, produced and directed by Sievernich's wife, Lilyan. Much of the producer's output in recent years has been filmed in English, from John Schlesinger's period thriller "The Innocent" (1993; released in the USA in 1995) to Trish McAdam's "Snakes and Ladders" (1996), about two female partners in a comedy act whose relationship is threatened when a musician to whom they are both attracted proposes marriage to one of them.


Hanns Sievernich


Maria Sievernich


Lilyan Sievernich

married February 7, 1976


educated in Bonn, Germany



Parent company of Kinowelt USA filed for bankruptcy in December


Served as executive producer on Trish McAdam's "Snakes and Ladders"


Produced John Schlesinger's "The Innocent"; released in the USA in 1995


Executive produced documentary about Huston, "John Huston & The Dubliners", produced and directed by Lilyan Sievernich


Served as producer on John Huston's final film, "The Dead"


Founded Delta Films in Berlin


Executive produced Wenders' "Paris, Texas"; film received the Palme d'Or at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival


Produced Wenders' "The State of Things"; won Venice Film Festival Golden Lion Award


Founded Road Movies GmbH in Berlin


Founded Gray City, Inc in NYC; served as president until 1987; succeeded by Lilyan Sievernich


First feature collaboration with director Wim Wenders, "Lightning Over Water"; served as producer, also acted in; film co-directed by Nicholas Ray


Worked as production manager on "Liebe und Abenteuer/Love and Adventure"


Owned and managed Kolbeh Jazz Club in Berlin, Germany

Consolidated film companies under the umbrella of London-based Nova Films

Was consultant to Robert Redford's Sundance Institute

Bonus Trivia


"I'm German, but I consider myself an international producer. German producers have to go someplace else to earn money...Germany does not have a history of cultivating its producers. Directors, yes, but producers not at all." --Chris Sievernich