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Ulrike Ottinger

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Years active  1973 - present
Name  Ulrike Ottinger

Role  Filmmaker
Awards  Special Teddy Award
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Born  6 June 1942 (age 73) (1942-06-06) Konstanz, Germany
Occupation  Film directorScreenwriter
Education  Academy of Fine Arts, Munich
Parents  Maria Weinberg, Ulrich Ottinger
Movies  Freak Orlando, Ticket of No Return, Joan of Arc of Mongolia, Exile Shanghai, The Image of Dorian Gray in th
Similar People  Tabea Blumenschein, Delphine Seyrig, Magdalena Montezuma, Irm Hermann, Helke Sander

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Ulrike Ottinger (born 6 June 1942) is a German filmmaker, documentarian photographer and professor at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.


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From 1959 she was a visiting student at the Academy of Arts in Munich and worked as a painter. Her mother, Maria Weinberg, was a journalist and her father, Ulrich Ottinger, was a painter.

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From 1962 to 1968, she worked as a freelance artist in Paris and studied etching with Johnny Friedlaender among other studies. They participated in several exhibitions.

Film career

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The films of Ottinger have been said to "reject or parody the conventions of art cinema and search for new ways to construct visual pleasure, creating various spectator positions usually neglected or marginalized by cinematic address". Her films include strong elements of stylization and fantasy, as well as ethnographic explorations.

Ulrike Ottinger Berlinale Archive Annual Archives 2012 Programme

In 1966 she wrote her first screenplay, entitled Die Mongolische Doppelschublade.

Ottinger returned to West Germany in 1969 and, in cooperation with the Film Seminar at the University of Konstanz, founded the film club "Visuell", which she directed until 1972. She also headed a gallery and the associated "galeriepress”, where they edited works by contemporary artists.

During this time she met Tabea Blumenschein and Magdalena Montezuma, both of whom have been cast as lead actresses in her films since 1972. Ottinger developed her own bizarre surrealist film-style, which among other things, was marked by widespread abandonment of a linear plot and instead linger long in individual scenes, which in turn make überstarke and extravagant costumes of the imagination mostly female cast artfully to own collages were designed.

She directed and did stage design for Elfriede Jelinek's Clara S. at the Württembergisches Staatstheater in Stuttgart in 1983, and did the same for Jelinek's Begierde und Fahrerlaubnis in Graz in 1986. In 1989, her film Joan of Arc of Mongolia, with Delphine Seyrig who acted in many of her films, was entered into the 39th Berlin International Film Festival.

In 2003, Ottinger was selected for a solo exhibition at the Renaissance Society. Titled South East Passage, the work "is in three chapters - a travelogue of the artist's journey from southeast Poland to the Bulgarian shores of the Black Sea and a portrait of two coastal cities, Odessa and Istanbul". South East Passage was the first of a two-part series of exhibits exploring Eastern European video work.

On the occasion of the 2009 New York premiere of The Korean Wedding Chest, with Ottinger to be in attendance, The New York Times characterized the director as, "[d]uring the 1980s heyday of the New German Cinema, having constituted a one-woman avant-garde opposition to the sulky male melodramas of Wenders, Fassbinder and Herzog, her films being long, discursive and wildly inventive."

Ottinger’s films, with their preference for the Far Eastern formal language is visible, turned in the following decades, some unconventional documentaries about life in various Asian regions. Ottinger was to direct the Horror-Drama film Die Blutgräfin, which based on the life of Elisabeth Bathory, however this has not been filmed as of January 2015.

Ottinger has also worked as a photographer, lithographer and painter.

Personal life

She has resided in Berlin since 1973. Ottinger has always been openly lesbian.


  • 2016: Chamissos Schatten
  • 2011: Under Snow
  • 2009: The Korean Wedding Chest
  • 2009: Still Moving (short)
  • 2007: Prater
  • 2004: Zwölf Stühle (Twelve Chairs)
  • 2002: Südostpassage (Southeast Passage)
  • 1997: Exil Shanghai (Exile Shanghai)
  • 1992: Taiga
  • 1990: Countdown
  • 1989: Johanna D'Arc of Mongolia (Joan of Arc of Mongolia)
  • 1986: Sieben Frauen – Sieben Todsünden (Seven Women, Seven Sins)
  • 1986: China. Die Künste – der Alltag (China. The Arts – the People)
  • 1984: Dorian Gray im Spiegel der Boulevardpresse (Dorian Gray in the Mirror of the Yellow Press)
  • 1981: Freak Orlando
  • 1979: Bildnis einer Trinkerin (Ticket of No Return)
  • 1978: Madame X – Eine absolute Herrscherin (Madame X: An Absolute Ruler)
  • 1976: VOAEX (Documentary film about the making of Wolf Vostell sculpture VOAEX in Spain)
  • 1975: Die Betörung der blauen Matrosen (The Enchantment of the Blue Sailors)
  • 1973: Berlin-Fieber (Documentary film about the Happening Berlin-Fieber by Wolf Vostell)
  • 1972: Laokoon & Söhne (Laokoon & Sons)
  • References

    Ulrike Ottinger Wikipedia