An inspirational, hour-long conversation with renowned filmmaker Ulrike Ottinger. Writer Pamela Cohn talks with her about her body of work, creative methods, and views on filmmaking, highlighted by excerpts from her films.
From 1962 to 1968 Ulrike Ottinger (1942) lived and worked as a visual artist in Paris. Since 1973 her main place of residence has been Berlin. She has made numerous well-known films, including Madame X – An Absolute Ruler, Ticket of No Return, Dorian Gray in the Mirror of the Boulevard Press, South East Passage and Chamisso’s Shadow. She writes, directs, and operates the camera herself on all her films. Her works have received numerous awards and have been honored at the most important international festivals, retrospectives and exhibitions, including the Cinémathèque française and Centre Pompidou in Paris, the MoMA in New York, a.o. Ottinger is a member of the Akademie der Künste Berlin and Munich, and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 2019.
Ottinger’s latest documentary Paris Calligrammes is selected for IDFA’s Masters section this year.