For her films, Anja Salomonowitz developed a film language in which documentary, feature film and thesis blend. Real human experiences are condensed through artistic alienation. Her films received international recognition, numerous film awards and found their way into relevant literature on documentary films.
Anja Salomonowitz studied Film in Vienna and Berlin. She holds masterclasses on artistic documentary film at Universities (f.e. Aalto University Helsinki, Department for Film and Television) or at Filmfestivals (f.e. tutor at the Documentary Academy at Jihlava International Film Festival). She was chairlady of the Austrian Documentary Film Alliance and chairlady of the Austrian Directors Association. Her hybrid documentary films are shot like feature films and follow a strict colour concept. All her films are explicitly political and always question the border and possibilities of documentary film making.
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YOU WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND THIS
2003 Audience Award, Vienna International Student Film Festival 2004 Prix Regards Neufs, Nyon, Visions du Réel
IT JUST HAPPENED BEFORE
2007 New Vision Best Director Award, Alba Film Festival
2007 Peace Film Award of the City of Osnabrück
2007 Award for the best image design, Diagonale, Festival of Austrian Film 2007 Innovative Artistic Award, Mar del Plata, Argentina
2007 Special Mention, Cinéma du Réel, Paris
2007 Caligari Film Award, Berlinale
2006 Vienna Film Award, Viennale Vienna International Film Festival
THE 727 DAYS WITHOUT KARAMO
2013 Silver Eye Award, Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival
THE BOY WILL BE CIRCUMCISED
2017 Dorothea Neff Award for the Children‘s Ensemble
THIS MOVIE IS A GIFT
2021 Franz Grabner Award
2010 Outstanding Artist Award of the Federal Ministry of Art and Culture
2019 Honorary Award of the Womens Filmdays for the film series RESISTANCE CINEMA