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Christian Frei, is an author, director and producer. From the very start of his career, Christian Frei established a reputation as an exacting documentarist, with a perfect grasp of his subjects. He follows his protagonists closely, always in search of authentic moments, and always keeping the whole picture in mind. His films are considered humanistic and universal, as much as subtle and insistent. The Swiss author, director and producer is one of the most successful documentary film directors in the world.
Born in 1959 in Schönenwerd (Switzerland), he studied television at the Department of Journalism and Communications of the University of Fribourg. In 1981, he dir ected his first documentary short film, Die Stellvertreterin. After co-directing Fortfahren with Ivo Kummer in 1984, he became an independent filmmaker and producer. He made another short film, Der Radwechsel. Then he moved on to feature length documentaries with Ricardo, Miriam y Fidel (1997). War Photographer marks a turning point in his career as a director in 2001. Due to the Oscar nomination for Best Documentary and numerous prizes worldwide he had the international break through. For this feature-length documentary, Christian Frei spent two years accompanying war photographer James Nachtwey to different war zones around the world. «I see my film as a hymn to the diversity of opinion, religion and culture», says Christian Frei.
The film turned out to be a documentary that filled a necessary gap of knowledge far from the everyday media reportage. At the Sundance Film Festival in 2010 Christian Frei won the «World Cinema Directing Award» for his latest film Space Tourists (2009). Christian Frei’ s newest film Sleepless in New York is looking at the agony and dynamics of romantic rejection. Since 2006, Christian Frei has been an associate lecturer on Reflection Competence at the renowned University of St. Gallen (HSG). From 2006 to 2009, he was president of the «Documentary Film Commission» for the film section of the Swiss Ministry of Culture. Since August 2010, he is the president of the Swiss Film Academy.
1981 Die Stellvertreterin (50’) (Documentary)
1982 Fortfahren (Co-director) (4’) (Documentary)
1984 Der Radwechsel (24’) (Documentary)
1997 Ricardo, Miriam y Fidel (90’) (Feature length documentary)
1998 Kluge Köpfe (53’) (TV Documentary)
2000 «Bollywood» im Alpenrausch (52’) (TV Documentary)
2001 War Photographer (96’) (Feature length documentary)
2005 The Giant Buddhas (95’) (Feature length documentary)
2009 Space Tourists (98’) (Feature length documentary)
2013 Sleepless in New York (92’) (Feature length documentary)
2016 Heidi beim Geräuschemacher (14’) (Short documentary)
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