about

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, alexei popogrebsky, benedek fliegauf, atiq rahimi and eran riklis.

erwin won the german film award for “absurdistan”, which was his first feature film as production designer. “in darkness” received an “oscar”-nomination as best foreign language film.

erwin prib’s recent credits include “manifesto”, a film installation starring cate blanchett in 13 short films.

selected filmography
  • JONATHAN (2016)

director: piotr j. lewandowski/ kordes&kordes


  • MANIFESTO (2015) film installation

artist: julian rosefeldt/ schiwago film


  • SEIN LETZTES RENNEN (2013)

director: kilian riedhof/ neue schönhauser filmproduktion


  • THE PATIENCE STONE (2012)

director: atiq rahimi/ the film, razor film


  • AUSGERECHNET SIBIRIEN (2012)

director: ralf hüttner/ jooyaa film,getaway pictures


  • PLAYOFF (2011)

director: eran riklis/ egoli tossell film, fidélité films


  • IN DARKNESS (2011)

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


  • A QUIET LIFE (2010)

director: claudio cupellini/ acaba productions, eos, hofmann& voges


  • WOMB (2010)

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


  • THE LAST STATION (2009)

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


  • THE READER (2008)

director: stephen daldry/ weinstein company/ as art director


  • SONG FROM THE SOUTHERN SEAS (2008)

director: marat sarulu/ rohfilm, kinoproba, arizona films


  • ABSURDISTAN (2008)

director: veit helmer/ veit helmer film

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.

press

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.

manifesto

the film installation “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.

concept art for stock market set

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).

press

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.

womb

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.

press

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

 

 

absurdistan

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.

press

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

 

variety: “imaginative design”

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

vodafone

“bucket list” directed by christopher riggert

vodafone

“bucket list”, directed by christopher riggert

vodafone

“bucket list”, directed by christopher riggert

vodafone

concept art by erwin prib

nivea

set construction, directed by micky suelzer

wrigley

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

wrigley

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

sap

studio construction, directed by martin schmid

skolkovo

set contruction, directed by andrew hardaway

opel

“astra”, directed by martin schmid

opel

“astra”, directed by martin schmid

glenfiddich

studio construction, directed by ralf schmerberg

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