Günter Schwaiger

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Biographie

Günter Schwaiger was born in Neumarkt/Salzburg. He studied ethnology and drama in Vienna. After living and working several years in Rome and Milan he went to Madrid where has been a film and theatre director since the early 1990s. Director of documentaries, theatre, opera and fiction short films, much of them award wining. His works deal with communication problems and solitude in an increasingly cold society.

In 2005 he shot the documentary Santa Cruz for example , which recounted the discovery and exhumation in a Spanish village of six victims of Franco's dictatorship. The following year, with Tom Lavin, he organised the exhibition Massgrave which also dealt with the fall of Franco's regime. This exhibition was shown in Madrid, Salzburg, Buenos Aires and Mexico. In 2005 Schwaiger was awarded the City of Salzburg's Cultural Fund Prize. 2007 he won the “Time of History Prize” for the best documentary for HAFNER’RS PARADISE in the 52nd SEMINCI, Valladolid International Filmfestival. In 2009 he finished ARENA, a documentary about bullfight in coproduction with TVE and ORF which provoked a big scandal during his premieres in different countries. In 2011

he premieres his music documentary IBIZA OCCIDENT at the Montreal World Film Festival and in 2012/2013 he produces the documentary MARTA’S SUITCASE,  about Violence against women. 

 

Since January 2013 Schwaiger in working on his new documentary SINCE THE WORLD IS WORLD (Worldpremiere 2015) and is also preparing his first feature fiction film.

Günter Schwaiger is member of EFA (European Film Academy), the Austrian and the Spanish Film Academy.

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Filmography and theatre

 

2015 – SINCE THE WORLD WAS WORLD

production, direction, editing and cinematography

 

2013 – MARTA’S SUITCASE

production, direction and cinematography

CINEMA RELEASE AUSTRIA: 6.3. 2013, SPAIN: 19-09-13

Nominated for ROMY AWARD 2014

 

INTERNATIONAL VIENNA WOMEN FILM FESTIVAL

Selected in (till now):

International Women Film Festival Vienna, Austria, March2013

DOCUMENTA MADRID, Spain, May 2013

Human Rights Film Festival Barcelona/Paris/New York,  May 2013

HOFER FILMTAGE / Hof International Film Festival, Germany, Oct. 2013

MONDOVISIONI ITALIA – Festival in 17 italian cities (Rome, Milan, Venice, Ferrara, Florence, Padua, Bologna, Bergamo, Turin...)

International Human Rights Film Festival Tirana, Albania, Sept. 2013

CINEESPAÑA Toulouse International Film Festival, France , Oct. 2013

MARDA LOOP Int. Justice FF, Calgary, Canada, Nov. 2013

CINEUROPA,  Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Dec. 2013

JAEN INT. FILM FESTIVAL - Openingfilm - 2014

SEGOVIA EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL, 2014

 

 

2011

production, direction and cinematography

oft he documentary  „IBIZA OCCIDENT - HD/35mm, 86min. , www.ibizadoc.com / facebook/ibizadoc

 

Worldpremiere:   MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL 2011,

Festivals (selection, till now 19 international Festivals):

IDFA Amsterdam (competition),

VIENNALE Int. Film Festival,

HOF FILM FESTIVAL, (Germany)

SEVILLE EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL (competition), (Spain)

FIPA (France)

PLANETE DOC Warsaw (Poland)

INT. FILM FESTIVAL BOZEN/BOLZANO (Italy)

LONDON DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL e.o.

 

Austrian and Spanish Cinema Release

 

2009 /2010

production, direction and cinematography of ARENA,

 

documentary, 105 min, HD,  www.arena-film.com

Austrian, Dutch and Spanish Cinema Release

 

2007 

written, directed and produced  “HAFNER´S PARADISE”

documentary, 74 min. Beta SP , www.hafnersparadise.com                                             

Austrian, Spanish and Mexican Cinema Release

 

2007

Collaborates with the director Freddy Más in his script “Amanecer de un sueño”

 

2006

Cofunder of the international filmmaker group “IMAGENES CONTRA EL OLVIDO” www.imagenescontraelolvido.com

 

2006/2007:

CoWriter of the script of the director Achero Mañas “Who is Carlos Buendía”

 

2005/2006:

Installation „Fosa comun“ (Massgrave) – in collaboration with Tom Lavin Gallery El Ojo Atómico - Madrid

 

2005/2006

“El Encargo“ script for feature film

Coproduction Austria - Spain

 

2005: Directed and produced  “SANTA CRUZ...FOR EXAMPLE”

documentary, BetaSP, 59 min., color

 

2004:

Directed for Television the Opera   “Triunfos y Lágrimas”

Artistic Director: Jordi Savall, HerspérionXXI, Barcelona

 

2003:

Director of the World First performance of the opera “Horizonte Cuadrado” from César Camarero

Teatro de la Abadía, Madrid / in Coproduction with Teatro Central, Sevilla

 

 

Shortfilms:

 

2001: “The Excursion”,   35mm, 17 min., color, Spanish

 

1998: “NO MAN´S LAND “, 35 mm, b/w,17min., Spanish

 

1996:  Five Feet and one desire”, 35 mm, 19 min., color, Spanish

 

1994: “ SUPPENKASPER “ ( “LEON”), 16 mm, b/w, 17 min.

 

1993: “The unusual end of a breakfast in eternity”), 16mm, b/w, 12 min.                                                                                                       

 

 

 

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