Gunter Schwaiger was born in Neumarkt/Salzburg. He studied ethnology and drama in Vienna. After living and working several years in Rome and Milan he went to Madrid where has been a film and theatre director since the early 1990s. Director of documentaries, theatre, opera and fiction short films, much of them award wining. His works deal with communication problems and solitude in an increasingly cold society.
In 2005 he shot the documentary Santa Cruz for example , which recounted the discovery and exhumation in a Spanish village of six victims of Franco's dictatorship. The following year, with Tom Lavin, he organised the exhibition Massgrave which also dealt with the fall of Franco's regime. This exhibition was shown in Madrid, Salzburg, Buenos Aires and Mexico. In 2005 Schwaiger was awarded the City of Salzburg's Cultural Fund Prize. 2007 he won the “Time of History Prize” for the best documentary for HAFNER’RS PARADISE in the 52nd SEMINCI, Valladolid International Filmfestival. In 2009 he finished ARENA, a documentary about bullfight in coproduction with TVE and ORF which provoked a big scandal during his premieres in different countries. In 2011/2012 he’s preparing the premiere of his new documentary IBIZA (occident) and other new productions.
Filmography and theatre:
Preproduction for the feature film „The Contract“ (Der Auftrag)
Preproduction for a new documentary
production, direction and cinematography
oft he documentary „IBIZA (occident)“, HD 86´, ibizadoc.com
production of a new documentary in Ibiza and a first feature fiction film
production, direction and cinematography of ARENA,
documentary, 105 min, HD, arena-film.com
written, directed and produced “HAFNER´S PARADISE”
documentary, 74 min. Beta SP , hafnersparadise.com
Collaborates with the director Freddy Más in his script “Amanecer de un sueño”
Cofunder of the international filmmaker group “IMAGENES CONTRA EL OLVIDO” imagenescontraelolvido.com
CoWriter of the script of the director Achero Mañas “Who is Carlos Buendía”
Installation „Fosa comun“ (Massgrave) – in collaboration with Tom Lavin Gallery El Ojo Atómico - Madrid
“El Encargo“ script for feature film
Coproduction Austria - Spain
2005: Directed and produced “SANTA CRUZ...FOR EXAMPLE”
documentary, BetaSP, 66 min., color
Directed for Television the Opera “Triunfos y Lágrimas”
Artistic Director: Jordi Savall, HerspérionXXI, Barcelona
Director of the World First performance of the opera “Horizonte Cuadrado” from César Camarero
Teatro de la Abadía, Madrid / in Coproduction with Teatro Central, Sevilla
“The Excursion”, 35mm, 17 min., color, Spanish
“NO MAN´S LAND “, 35 mm, b/w,17min., Spanish
“Five Feet and one desire”, 35 mm, 19 min., color, Spanish
“ SUPPENKASPER “ ( “LEON”), 16 mm, b/w, 17 min.
“The unusual end of a breakfast in eternity”), 16mm, b/w, 12 min.