Writer-director with a penchant for surrealism and dark humor.
Leander Behal is a screenwriter and director from Berlin, Germany. His films are characterized by a very specific narrative style, taking its cues from surrealism, absurdism and magical realism. Nocturnal settings, strange characters and mysterious happenings are recurring elements in his stories. As are themes of nonconformity, trauma and escapism. One of the most defining aspects of his work is his love of outsiders and his apparent aversion to the norm. If it is ordinary, it needs to be defied. But even as the world is turned upside-down and spirals into new dimensions of weirdness, the emotional authenticity of the protagonists remains intact. In fact, they reveal their true character in the face of existential crises.
Leander studied film studies at the Free University of Berlin from 2016 until 2021. He is currently based in Ludwigsburg, where he studies Directing Fiction at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg. His latest films include "Taximan", "Automat" and the music documentary "Can You Bow?".
  • Director (6 Credits)
    Can You Bow?2022
    Documentary, Feature, Student
    Taximan2022
    Short
    Murderface2020
    Short, Student
    From the Cradle to the Grave2018
    Short
    Out of the Shell2017
    Short, Student
    Plenty of Fish in the Sea2017
    Short, Student
  • Producer (5 Credits)
    Can You Bow?2022
    Documentary, Feature, Student
    Taximan2022
    Short
    Murderface2020
    Short, Student
    From the Cradle to the Grave2018
    Short
    Out of the Shell2017
    Short, Student
  • Writer (5 Credits)
    Taximan2022
    Short
    Murderface2020
    Short, Student
    From the Cradle to the Grave2018
    Short
    Out of the Shell2017
    Short, Student
    Plenty of Fish in the Sea2017
    Short, Student
Official Selection
Murderface
IM.KASTEN Kurzfilmfestival
Lüneburg
2022
Official Selection
Murderface
Bundesfestival junger Film
Saarbrücken
2021
Official Selection
Murderface
Werkstatt der jungen Filmszene
Wiesbaden
2021
Official Selection
Murderface
Filmfest Bremen
Bremen
2021
Deutscher Jugendfilmpreis (nominated)
Murderface
Bundes.Festival.Film
Wuppertal
2021
Best Thriller International
Murderface
Austrian Filmfestival
Vienna
2021
Nomination
Murderface
Camgaroo Award
Munich
2020
Bronze Medal
From the Cradle to the Grave
BFF FICTION Kurzfilmfestival Schrobenhausen
Schrobenhausen
2020
2nd Prize
From the Cradle to the Grave
35. VIDEOGRAFIKA
Winterbach
2019
Official Selection
From the Cradle to the Grave
Camgaroo Award
Munich
2019
Official Selection
From the Cradle to the Grave
Deutscher Jugendfilmpreis
Hildesheim
2019
Official Selection
Out of the Shell
Austrian Filmfestival
Vienna
2019
Official Selection
Plenty of Fish in the Sea
Procida Film Festival
Procida
2018
Special Mention
Plenty of Fish in the Sea
CICI Film Festival
Castellammare del Golfo
2017
Official Selection
Out of the Shell
In-Short FILM Festival
Lagos
2017
College
Free University of Berlin
Film Studies
20162021
College
Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg
Directing Fiction
2021
Birth Date
July 30, 1998
Birth City
Berlin
Current City
Ludwigsburg
Hometown
Berlin
Height
181cm
Gender
Male
Writer-director with a penchant for surrealism and dark humor.