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Measuring Space: The Cinematography of Peter Zeitlinger

09.02.2015 - Peter Cowie, Peter Zeitlinger

    Acclaimed DoP Peter Zeitlinger is a longtime collaborator of Werner Herzog and Ulrich Seidl, contributing his visual genius to the style of their singular films. Zeitlinger stands for a cinematography without compromises, and his sharp and at the same time poetic approach to visual storytelling has yielded the dazzling and diverse looks e.g. for the 3D film CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS and most recently QUEEN OF THE DESERT, screening in Competition this year for the Golden Bear. A central focus of this in-depth master class will be how Zeitilinger illuminates cinematic spaces through cinematography, from the most diverse of natural landscapes to the darkest spaces of mankind.


    Peter Cowie

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    A film historian and former international publishing director of Variety magazine, Peter Cowie has written more than 30 books on major figures and eras of world cinema, including Bergman, Welles, Coppola and Kurosawa. He published and edited the annual International Film Guide for 40 years and has contributed numerous commentaries to Criterion’s DVD collection. He has been a consultant to Berlinale Talents since the programme’s inception in 2003.

    Peter Zeitlinger

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    Czech-Austrian director of photography, who has won several international awards and excels both at documentary as well as fictional filmmaking. He has worked with legendary Austrian directors like Ulrich Seidl and Götz Spielmann, and from 1995 on was the regular DoP for Werner Herzog, with whom he filmed both documentaries CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS and ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD and feature films like RESCUE DAWN and BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS. His latest film, Herzog's QUEEN OF THE DESERT, is in Competition at this year's Berlinale.