"As a Director of Photography my main attention is in creating a world which suits to the script.
I'm interested in projects where I can engage myself and absorb the story in order to create the best possible look for the film."

Marie Zahir is an Austrian born and German based Director of Photography. In her twenties she left Vienna to study performance art in Gießen, Germany and started to work as lightdesigner for different performance and dance groups in the Off Theatre Scene.

Meanwhile, to learn more about the art of cinematography, she participated at several workshops like: The Handwriting of the Camera held by the Austrian Oscar-Nominie DoP Christian Berger.

In 2013 Marie Zahir decided to study Cinematography in the post-graduate studies at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne.

She won the award of the national competition for best up-and-coming women DoPs at the IFFF - International Women's Film Festival Dortmund|Köln 2018 with her graduation film "Wie ich mich verlor".

The films she is making camera for are shown at festivals like: Visions du Réel, Camerimage, Ann Arbor Festival, Max Ophüls Preis, a.o.

Marie Zahir is mostly working in feature, documentary and experimental films.

Fluent Languages German | English | French | Spanish

International Experience as Cinematographer Austria | France | Netherlands | Switzerland | United Kingdom | U.S.A.