"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 cinematographer. In 2003 she decided to leave Austria, Vienna, to study at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in Gießen, Germany. As this program includes the field of performance art, she started to work as lightdesigner for different performance groups in the Off Theatre Scene in Germany and Switzerland, which she still does.
To learn more about the art of cinematography and the different types of camera, Marie Zahir started to work full-time in a camera rental house (Cinegrell) in Zurich in 2010 for one and a half years. In the meanwhile, to get to know daily film set life, she started to work as Clapper Loader and 1 AC and participated at several workshops like: The Handwriting of the Camera held by the austrian Oscar-Winner DoP Christian Berger.
In 2013 Marie Zahir decided to study Cinematography in the post-graduate studies at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne which she finished in february 2017. During these studies Marie Zahir shot nineteen short movies as director of photography, including feature, documentary and experimental films.
Filmography as Director of Photography
Kalter Kaffee / Sebastian Wotschke / Comedy / KHM / in Production
Widerstandsmomente / Jo Schmeiser / Documentary / Operator B-Unit / Plaesion Film / in Production
Mario / Marcel Gisler / Long Feature / Operator B-Unit / Triluna Film / in Postproduction
I / Eunjin Park / Experimental / KHM / in Postproduction
Paradise 3000 - The Running of Milk and Honey / Pepper Levain / Experimental / KHM / in Postproduction
Wie ich mich verlor / Sarah Weber / Drama / 15 min / KHM / 2017
THE FEAR OF DYING IN TRANSIT / Ian Purnell / Documentary / 29 min / KHM / 2017
Taucherglocke / Marina Zolke / Commercial / 2 min / KHM / 2017
Die Frau von Heute / Sarah Weber / Commercial / 6 min / KHM / 2017
Ignorance Race / Bazon Rosengarth / SocialSpot / 2 min / KHM / 2017
Embellishments / Benjamin Ramirez-Peres / Experimental / 8 min / KHM / 2016
Mirror / Anna Lytton / Experimental Animation / 6 min / KHM / 2016
کجا - kotcha : wo / Marie-Claire Delarber / Drama / 5 min / KHM / 2016
Flaschendrehen / Sebastian Wotschke / Comedy / 10 min / KHM / 2015
Phoenix / Jens Mühlhoff / Music Video / 3 min / KHM / 2015
Adagio / Tian Dong / Drama / 7 min / KHM / 2015
Die Reise zum Mond / Mo Jäger / Children's Film / 7 min / KHM / 2014
Free Hugs / Lukas Hielscher & Sergiu Zorger / SocialSpot/ 2 min / KHM / 2014
Seren / Marie-Claire Delarber / Experimental / 4 min / KHM / 2014
The Prisoner and the tree / Filip Jacobson / Drama / 7 min / KHM / 2014
German / English / French / Spanish
International Experience as Cinematographer
Germany / Switzerland / United Kingdom / U.S.A.