erwin prib is a production designer based in berlin, germany. he was born and raised in karaganda, kazakhstan.  

over the years erwin designed many successful films, which won numerous nominations and awards worldwide.

erwin’s filmography includes collaborations with renowned directors such as agnieszka holland, stephen daldry, shirin neshat, benedek fliegauf, atiq rahimi and robert schwentke.

erwin won two german film awards, his newest in 2018 for “manifesto”, a film featuring cate blanchett in 13 roles.

agnieszka holland’s “in darkness” received an “oscar”-nomination as best foreign language film.

erwin prib’s recent credits include “helgoland 513 (wt)”, a dystopian tv show directed by acclaimed director robert schwentke.

selected filmography


  • HELGOLAND 513 (2023) Sky TV Series

 director: robert schwentke/ ufa fiction



 director: sonja heiss/ komplizenfilm


  • FUNERAL FOR A DOG (2022) Sky TV Series

 director: barbara albert, david dietl/ flare entertainment


  • SKYLINES (2019) Netflix TV Series

 director: max erlenwein, soleen yusef/ stickup film, komplizen film 


  • WEST OF LIBERTY (2019) TV Series

 director: barbara eder/ network movie 



 director: florian gallenberger/ majestic film



 director: shirin neshat/ razor film, coop 99



 director: alain gsponer/ die film, constantin film


  • MANIFESTO (2015) film installation

 artist: julian rosefeldt/ schiwago film



 director: kilian riedhof/ neue schönhauser filmproduktion



 director: atiq rahimi/ the film, razor film 


  • PLAYOFF (2011)

 director: eran riklis/ egoli tossell film, fidélité films


  • IN DARKNESS (2011)

 director: agnieszka holland/ schmidtz katze, the film works,zebra


  • WOMB (2010)

 director: benedek fliegauf/ razor film, inforg studio, asap films



 director: michael hoffman/ egoli tossell film,zephyr films/ as art director 


  • THE READER (2008)

 director: stephen daldry/ weinstein company/ as art director


  • ABSURDISTAN (2008)

 director: veit helmer/ veit helmer film


“manifesto” is a crossover between cinema and art created by julian rosefeldt. cate blanchett plays 13 characters in 13 short films as the basic premise is to take artist manifestos of the 20th century and combine them with everyday situations. “manifesto” exists both as a single screen version, which was premiered 2017 in sundance, and as a multi-screen installation, which is showing at numerous museums worldwide.


hollywood reporter: “manifesto looks like a million dollars, with production designer erwin prib doing a particularly good job…”
concept art for stock market set

in darkness

directed by “oscar”- nominated director agnieszka holland, this period film tells the true story of a group of refugees, who try to survive the nazi terror in the sewers of lvov. the film was nominated for the academy award “oscar” in 2012 as best foreign language film.


hollywood reporter: “realistic feel set by erwin prib’s outstanding production design”

la times: “…production designer erwin prib …successfully recreates that alien subterranean world”

variety: “the sewers… look so authentic, it’s a surprise to learn that production designer erwin prib recreated most of the labyrinthine system on stages”





the sewers were recreated on sound stages. the studio set was not only an artistic but also a technical challenge.

scenic artists turned the plaster casted walls into real brick with a great patina.

the core requirement to the set was water resistance. it was important to simulate different levels of water and current in these tunnels, as it is in the reality depending on the precipitation.

a model was built to develop the construction approach.

the patience stone

the patience stone is adapted from the bestselling novel by atiq rahimi, winner of the prestigious french “prix goncourt”.  set in war-torn afghanistan, the film tells the story of a young woman (played by golshifteh farahani) who, while taking care of her paralyzed husband, struggles to survive and live. it was the official oscar entry of afghanistan (2013).


variety: “beautifully lit … production design provides pleasure for the eye”

radio times: ” thierry arbogast’s lustrous photography and erwin prib’s evocative, claustrophobic sets are equally impressive.”


the interiors were entirely built in casablanca, morocco.

major parts of the exteriors of kabul were rebuilt in casablanca, morocco.


starring eva green and matt smith, this futuristic clone drama was directed by hungarian director benedek fliegauf. the movie was premiered at the locarno film festival.


screen daily: “erwin prib’s creative sets blending the modern and the rustic felicitously together.”

variety: “peter szatmari’s widescreen lensing and erwin prib’s production design are both wonders of precision.”

time out: “exquisitely designed”

the main set, a stilt house at the sea coast, was completely constructed by the art department.

scale model of the stilt house set




this surreal comedy was premiered at the sundance film festival. erwin prib was given credit for his highly imaginative design. this work earned him the «LOLA», the «german film award» for best production design.


washington post: “…gloriously saturated palette, rich textures…”


variety: “imaginative design”


“the small escape” directed by alex feil


“the small escape” directed by alex feil


“the small escape” directed by alex feil

vente privee

abandoned villa set, studio construction, directed by john urbano

vente privee

villa set, studio cinstruction, directed by john urbano

vente privee

greens work in the botanical garden, malaga, directed by john urbano

vente privee

concept art by erwin prib, directed by john urbano


“bucket list” directed by christopher riggert


“bucket list”, directed by christopher riggert


“bucket list”, directed by christopher riggert


concept art by erwin prib


set construction, directed by micky suelzer


“bloodrop”- 3d shortfilm, studio construction, directed by alexei popogrebsky


“bloodrop”- 3d shortfilm, studio construction, directed by alexei popogrebsky


studio construction, directed by martin schmid


set contruction, directed by andrew hardaway


“astra”, directed by martin schmid


“astra”, directed by martin schmid


studio construction, directed by ralf schmerberg

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