Born in Marl in 1959, Sönke studied at the Munich School of Film and at the Royal College of Art in London, where he learned his trade and was nominated for the Oscars in the category "Student Film" with his graduation film DREI D (THREE D). His debut feature film ALLEIN UNTER FRAUEN (ALONE AMONG WOMEN) founded his successful career as a German director. Just one year later his feature film KLEINE HAIE (LITTLE SHARKS) was awarded the "Bundesfilmpreis" (the main German film price) and received an award for the best newcomer film at Montréal film festival. With DER BEWEGTE MAN (THE MOST DESIRED MAN), Sönke directed the most successful film in Germany in 1994. It attracted 6.5 million viewers and won several critics' awards, for instance the German Film award in the category best film, best director and best actor. After several other film, Sönke touched German hearts with DAS WUNDER VON BERN (THE MIRACLE OF BERN), a movie on Germany's first World Cup win in 1954. In 2006 he had total access to the Germany team during the World Cup (no, not the Writers one, the real one) and produced the documentary "DEUTSCHLAND. EIN SOMMERMÄRCHEN". His diary of his time with Jürgen Klinsmann's squad was published under the same title by Kiepenheuer & Witsch.