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 and magical realism while maintaining a sensitive, human quality. He cites the New Hollywood of the 70s and German Expressionism as major influences on his work. Since 2016, he has been enrolled in film studies at the Free University of Berlin.
Throughout the past three years, Leander has written and directed five short films: "Out of the Shell" (a surreal study of workaday frustration), "Plenty of Fish in the Sea" (a poetic tale of love and loss, set at the Sicilian seaside), "From the Cradle to the Grave" (a mystery drama about twin brothers in a rebirth scenario), "Fathershadow" (a black-and-white, 4:3 short film about a psychotherapy session gone wrong) and "Murderface" (a sci-fi thriller revolving around identity change and the ethics of involvement).
He is currently working on the post-production of "Murderface" and developing the script for his next short film.