Bettina Ehrhardt


Documentary film producer and director Bettina Ehrhardt holds a Master's degree in French Literature (with a work about the poet and painter Henri Michaux) and a diploma in Film Studies both from Lyon 2 University.
Her favorite subjects range from ethnology (with films on Sherpas, Tuaregs or Vodoun in West Africa), nature and politics to the arts. Passionate about music, she has made several films dedicated to composers and conductors like Claudio Abbado, Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano, Pierre Boulez, Luigi Nono, Helmut Lachenmann, Bernd Alois Zimmermann. Her films are broadcast on channels as diverse as ZDF, Arte, WDR, BR, Radio Canada, RAI and were awarded on international documentary film festivals. 
In 2009 she founded bce films & more GmbH. 
A tireless traveller, by taste and profession, Bettina Ehrhardt is based in Munich.

Filmography (selected)


2018

Amazonia’s Flying Rivers – No Forest No Water (25’)
in co-production with BMZ and GIZ


2017

Markus Hinterhäuser – A Pianist is leading the Salzburg Festival  (25’)
in co-production with WDR, in collaboration with Arte and Unitel.

Heartbreak City 
Music video for „Alphaville“, Universal Music


2016

Dirigent und Weltbürger (53’) 

"Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds" - The Conductor Zubin Mehta (90’) 
in co-production with ZDF, in collaboration with Arte and Unitel.

"Da fängt die Musik erst an" - 60 Jahre Tölzer Knabenchor (45') 


2015

Ute Lemper singt Paulo Coelho (60' und 100') 
in co-production with ZDF, in collaboration with Arte and Arte Concerto.



2013


2012

"We Wanted to Change the Republic" - The Liberal Politician Gerhart Baum (90’)
in co-production with WDR, funded by the Film und Medienstiftung NRW.

Myriads of sound - Pierre Boulez's "Pli selon pli, Portrait de Mallarmé" (60')
in co-production with WDR.


2011

I am Your Labyrinth. Wolfgang Rihm. Nietzsche. Dionysos (52')
in co-production with the WDR and Arte.

Dionysos, Eine Opernfantasie (120') 
funded by MFG Baden-Württemberg, in collaboration with Unitel


2010

Kent Nagano – Montreal Symphony (97') 
in co-production with Ciné Qua Non Média, National Film Board of Canada, ZDF Theatre channel, in collaboration with Radio Canada, ARTV and Mezzo, funded by FFF Bayern, Téléfilm Canada and others. Awarded as best film at the festival du film sur l'art, Montréal.

Voodoo - The chosen one (90')
in co-production with Novaprod OWL, Zadig Productions and Arte, funded by the CNC. Public Award at the Film Festival Quintessence, Ouidah, Bénin 2010.


2008

The Slave Road of Ouidah. Voodoo and Reconciliation in West Africa (30')
BR "Compass" - Foreign Report, in coproduction with BR. Media Award 2009 of the Conference of the Federal Film Services.


2006

"Where I've never been" - The Composer Helmut Lachenmann (87')
in co-production with Schwenkfilm, WDR and SFDRS, funded by the MFG Filmstiftung Baden-Württemberg, the Gema Foundation and the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne.


2004

Intolleranza 2004 - Film about Luigi Nono's Scenic Action (58')
in co-production with WDR and the KölnTriennale. (2005), Special Award of the President of Italy for the best film about Italian music at the Docfest Musica (Rome, 2005). Asolo Award for the best film on the arts at the festival del film sull'arte Asolo (2004), best essay film at the festival du film sur l'art Montréal. SACEM Award by Louvre and Radio France Musique "Classique en Images" 2006.

Electricity for the Sherpas,  Modern Times at Mount Everest (30')
BR "Compass" -  Foreign Report, in coproduction with the BR. Toura d'Or 2005, Film Competition Prize Future-oriented tourism in films and TV features.

"We Play" - Chick Corea and Bobby McFerrin (60') 
co-produced with Loft Music, SWR and Arte.


2003

"Gegen den Strom" - Das St. Nikola-Kloster in Passau (45') 
From the series „Donauklöster“, BR/ORF, produced by Tellux.


2002

"We will Always Go back to the Desert " - The Tuareg in the Desert of Southern Algeria (30')
BR "compass" - Foreign Report.

A Trail on the Water - Abbado. Nono. Pollini (60')
bce films in collaboration with WDR and Carnegie Hall NYC. Co-author Wolfgang Schreiber. The Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation Award (2001), the Jury Award at the Festival du Film sur l'Art, Montréal (2002)



1999

Tristan und Isolde - Ausstieg in die Utopie. Peter Konwitschny und Zubin Mehta deuten Wagners Musikdrama neu (30') 
BR. Co-autor Wolfgang Schreiber