Jan Koester studied Animation at the HFF Konrad Wolf filmschool in Potsdam. His graduation film OUR MAN IN NIRVANA (2005) won many awards, including a Silver Bear at the Berlinale, a Golden Horseman at the Filmfest Dresden and a British Academy for Film and Television Short Film Award at Cinequest festival in San José. After spending three months at the artist residence Villa Aurora in Los Angeles in 2008, he worked for the music video SCHWARZ ZU BLAU for PETER FOX. In 2010 he did the animation direction for IM REICH DER SCHATTEN, a 45 minute video installation for the Landesmuseum Trier. Jan is currently working on his new animated short film EINE VILLA MIT PINIEN. The film will be finished this year.
Once I Dreamt of Life is a feature length documentary film about suicide — subject that people rarely want to talk about. It’s an account about one’s personal relation to suicide, but also studies suicide as social phenomena: What are the motives, warning signs and consequences? The film follows the journey of a young man, an animated character based on a real person, on his path towards suicide. The journey is described by people who’ve had encounters with suicide – parents who lost their child, young adults who considered or even tried committing suicide. official website of the film: onceidreamtoflife.com/