Susanne Heinrich, a vicar’s daughter from East Germany, wrote 4 books between the ages of 19 and 25 (most recently Amerikanische Gefühle, Dumont 2011). She was nominated for the Ingeborg-Bachmann-Prize and received fellowships at Villa Aurora L.A. and Casa Baldi Olevano Romano (Villa Massimo). She sings in various bands and has pursued a variety of artistic projects. With her first short film she was accepted into the German Film and Television Academy (dffb). Following several experiments, AREN'T YOU HAPPY is her first feature film.