After graduating from film school he works as a director of photography for several years. His career as a director starts in 1996, completing three short-films: C4 (1996), The Operating Theatre (Max au Bloc) (1998) and The Divine Inspiration with lead actor Keir Dullea (star of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 – A Space Odyssey). The films participate in more than one hundred festivals worldwide and win several awards.
In 2008, he directs his first feature, Family Values (Affaire de Famille), with French star actors André Dussollier and Miou-Miou. The film wins the Best Screenplay Prize by the French National Cinema Center and the Best European Film Award at the Avignon Film Festival.
In 2013 he directs On the Edge of the World (Au bord du monde) a feature-length documentary about the homeless people of Paris. The film premieres at the Cannes Film Festival in the selection of the ACID, wins the Grand Prize of the International Francophone Film Festival in Germany and is shown at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.
Currently, Claus Drexel writes the screenplay of his third feature-film.
Claus Drexel will present his fim, Au Bord du Monde, in national premiere at Pelicam.