Eberhard Weber - crossing the nile

documentary | 60 min | D 2016


Eberhard Weber is a German double bassist player and composer, who is known for his highly distinctive tone and phrasing. Crossing the nile tells the story of his unique position within the world of Jazz and gives credit to his unique achievments and unprecedenent career, which were all of a sudden ended by a stroke.


director: Julian Benedikt

producer: Sabrina Winter/Ingrid Herrmann

executive producer: Norbert W. Daldrop

editing: Sascha Seidel

cinematographer: Johannes Kaltenhauser

boom operator: Toni Felixberger

project details

script/director: Julian Benedikt

production: avindependents

co-production: SWR

funding: funded by Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg (MFG)


Julian Benedikt (*1963) grew up in a family full of artists and with lots of music, as his parents are sculptors and his grandparents were musicians. After his music studies in Detmold and Frankfurt am Main, he lived for two years in Rome, where he played Saxophone in the italian Rockband "Les Fleurs du Mal".

As a filmmaker he is driven by his passion for people, light and music, which can be sensed in his very own genre, the documentary. He has directed and produced commercials, films for television and cinema and has worked with renowned personalities in sports, art and economy such as Dennis Hopper, B.B. King, Karl Lagerfeld or Sigourney Weaver.

He came to film through music. While dancing in a discotheque in Munich, he was litterally moved by a song, which turned out to be "Conquistadores" by the legendary drummer Chico Hamilton. He bought the album and some months later he met Chico, which was the beginning of a long friendship and the beginning of his carrer as a film-maker.

Julian Benedikt lives and works in Munich.