Daniel Schmid

Daniel Schmid (1941 - 2006) was born to a family of hotel proprietors on 26th December 1941 in the small Grisons town of Flims, Switzerland. In the sixties, he studied at the Free University Berlin and attended the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin. He worked together with Peter Lilienthal, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and Werner Schroeter. During this period (1971-1980), he also worked as an actor.

From 1970 to 2004, Schmid made fifteen films, and from 1984 he directed seven operas at the Zurich Opera House and the Grand Théâtre de Genève. In 1999, he was awarded an Honorary Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival.

Due to ill health, he was forced to discontinue shooting his last film. Daniel Schmid died of cancer in August 2006.

Filmography: The Last Days of Switzerland (1999), The Written Face (1995), Off Season (1992), The Amateurs (1991), Jenatsch (1987), Tosca's Kiss (1984), Imitation of Life (1983), Hécate (1982), Notre Dame de la Croisette (1981), Violanta (1977), Shadow of Angels (1976), La Paloma (1974), Tonight or Never (1972), Thut alles im Finstern, eurem Herrn das Licht zu ersparen (1970)

Icarus Films is proud to distribute two films by Daniel Schmid. Discover more of our featured filmmakers.


Meet the inhabitants of the "Casa di Riposa" in Milan, the world's first nursing home for retired opera singers, founded by composer Giuseppe Verdi in 1896.

Daniel Schmid | 2014 | 87 minutes | Color | Italian | English subtitles

Offers an insight into the Japanese Kabuki star Tamasaburo Bando, one of the last defenders of this ancient and disappearing performing tradition.

Daniel Schmid | 1999 | 89 minutes | Color | English subtitles