Ulrike Ottinger

* 1942

A trained visual artist, in 1970s Ottinger began working in film, which quickly became her preferred artistic medium. After studying in Paris, she returned to her native city of Constance and founded a film club, which also included a gallery. In 1973 she moved to Berlin, where she filmed a happening documentary starring Wolf Vostell and the pirate film Madame X. The 1981 film Freak Orlando is the third part of the so-called Berlin trilogy, which also includes Portrait of a Drinker (1979) and Dorian Gray in the Mirror of the Yellow Press (1984).