Hubert Sauper is an Austrian documentary filmmaker, director, writer, producer, and actor, Academy Award nominated for best Documentary. Sauper has lived in the UK, Italy, and the United States and now lives in France. He studied film directing in universities in Vienna and France. He regularly teaches film classes in Europe, Africa, and the Americas.
Sauper is famed for his political documentary films, shot in cinéma vérité style. He earned worldwide recognition for his films’ expression, content, and aesthetics. His films are usually controversial for their explicit political, social, and poetic expression.
Sauper’s film DARWIN’S NIGHTMARE was nominated for best documentary at the Oscars, and he has been awarded for his work with more than 50 international film prizes, including Venice International Film Festival, Berlinale, The European Academy Award, the French Academy Award, and two-time Sundance wins.
He acted in several short films and two feature-length films: IN THE CIRCLE OF THE IRIS, directed by Peter Patzak, (with Philippe Léotard), and BLUE DISTANCE, directed by Peter Schreiner. Hubert Sauper is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, European Film Academy, and Academie Francaise du Cinema.
Among many other universities, he has taught as a visiting professor/tutor at Harvard, Yale, UCLA, Columbia University, Colorado University, Universidad de Caracas, Universidad de la Havana, FEMIS (French film school), Moscow International Film School, Istanbul University, and Southern Mediterranean Cinema School, EICTV, Havana, Cuba.