Thorsten Trimpop

Fellow: Awarded 2019

Field of Study: Film - Video

Competition: US & Canada


Thorsten Trimpop is a filmmaker and visual artist whose work examines the impact of history, politics and the changing natural world on private lives. His latest film, Furusato 古里, a human-scale portrait of a small town in Japan’s nuclear exclusion zone, was shown at dozens of festivals and won the grand prize at DOK Leipzig. It had a cinematic realease in over 80 cities in Germany and Austria and was internationally broadcast on Arté. His first feature film, The Irrational Remains, a nonfiction tale of love and betrayal set against the fall of the Berlin wall, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and won numerous international awards, including the Prize of the International Federation of Film Societies at the Berlinale. His work has been presented at venues such as the Locarno Film Festival, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Viennale, FID Marseilles, International Film Festival Pusan, International Film Festival Rio de Janeiro, BAFICI and the Ann Arbor Film Festival. He is currently working on a new, genre-blurring feature grounded in a true crime story that sparks a dual narrative about our colonial inheritance and the human obsession with beauty. Trimpop is Assistant Professor in the Department of Film, New Media and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.