Fabian Stumm is an actor I writer I director. He studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute New York and is now based in Berlin.
On stage he has appeared at HAU Berlin, Münchner Kammerspiele, Volksbühne Berlin, Theater Neumarkt, The Kitchen New York and Tate Modern London, among others. Since 2009 he has frequently collaborated with New York based director and video artist Keren Cytter, performing in a variety of videos and plays like SHOW REAL DRAMA and THERE'S NO US IN MASTERPIECE in Europe, Asia and the US.
His film and TV work includes Cate Shortland's post-war drama LORE, Audience Award at the Locarno Film Festival and German Film Award in Bronze 2012, the mystery thriller BELA KISS: PROLOGUE by Lucien Förstner, GREAT FREEDOM by Sebastian Meise, Jury Prize at the Festival de Cannes - Un Certain Regard 2021, PRECIOUS IVIE by Sarah Blaßkiewitz, First Steps Award nomination 2021, and the Grimme Award nominated series DRUCK.
He made his directorial debut with the short film BRUXELLES in 2020, in which he starred alongside Anneke Kim Sarnau. In 2022, his second film DANIEL won the New Berlin Film Award for Best Medium-Length Feature and received a nomination for Best Film at the Big Shorts Awards 2023. His feature debut BONES AND NAMES premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in Perspektive Deutsches Kino 2023 where it won the Heiner Carow Prize for Best Screenplay. The film is currently on an international festival tour and will open in German cinemas in early 2024.
He is influenced by Claude Sautet, Maurice Pialat, Chantal Akerman, Nicolas de Staël, Robert Altman, Annie Ernaux, Helmut Käutner, Eric Rohmer, Claude Goretta, Joan Didion, André Téchiné, Heinrich Böll, Alfred Hitchcock and Taylor Swift.