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"My work as a documentary filmmaker is very personal and intimate in many ways and being able to pass those aspects onto the viewers in a discrete way is what I’d like to achieve."

Reiner Holzemer



Reiner Holzemer has been working as a documentary film director since 1983. The portraits of internationally renowned artists, especially from the fields of photography and fashion, are the focus of his work to date.


His film DRIES, which portrays fashion designer Dries Van Noten, and MARTIN MARGIELA IN HIS OWN WORDS have been shown at numerous film festivals around the world and sold in over 64 countries.

In 2020, the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER voted Reiner Holzemer's film about Martin Margiela the best fashion documentary of the decade.

His latest documentary portrait about the exceptional actor Lars Eidinger premiered at Filmfest Hamburg and Vienna International Film Festival in October 2022.


1958  Born in Gemünden, Germany.
1976  Studies drama and social sciences in Erlangen.
1980  Foundation of a group of independent filmmakers. Self-taught training as author, director, cameraman and editor of documentary films.
1983  Foundation of the Reiner Holzemer Film Production. Until now, more than 35 documentary films and artist portraits have been produced: William Eggleston, Juergen Teller, August Sander, Walker Evans, René Burri, Magnum Photos, Dries Van Noten and Martin Margiela are examples of those.
1985  Reiner Holzemer teaches at the State Technical University in Nuremberg.
Since 1985 regular participation in international documentary film festivals, e.g. the Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin. The artists' portraits have also been shown at renowned museums worldwide such as the Metropolitan Museum of Arts in NYC.
1999  Warded the city of Nuremberg´s Culture Grant.



MARTIN MARGIELA – IN HIS OWN WORDS is nominated for the German Documentary Film Award.

MARTIN MARGIELA SE RACONTE is nominated for the Belgian Grand Prix du Film sur l'Art.
Since 1993 RH directed more than 350 commercials worldwide.
Since 2002 RH is a member by appointment of the German Society for Photography.

Reiner Holzemer lives in Munich, Germany.


RH Filmography (selection)

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Portrait Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German): 

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Interview: Documenting the Artist

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