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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.

In October 2022, Holzemer's latest documentary about the exceptional actor Lars Eidinger celebrated its German Premiere at Filmfest Hamburg and its European Premiere at the Vienna International Film Festival. The film received the Gilde Film Award as Best Documentary 2023.


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.

Until today, more than 35 documentary films and artist portraits have been produced, about e.g. William Eggleston, Juergen Teller, August Sander, Walker Evans, René Burri, Magnum Photos, Dries Van Noten, Martin Margiela and Lars Eidinger. 
1985  Teaching in the field of film.
Since 1985 regular participation at international documentary film festivals, e.g. the Berlinale, CPH:Dox and DOC NYC. Reiner Holzemer's documentaries have also been screened at renowned museums worldwide such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney, Art Institute Chicago and Haus der Kunst.
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.



LARS EIDINGER - TO BE OR NOT TO BE is awarded the Gilde Film Award for "Best Documentary 2023". 
Since 1993 RH directed more than 350 commercials worldwide.
Reiner Holzemer is a member of the German Film Academy and the German Society for Photography (DGPh). He lives in Munich, Germany.


RH Filmography (selection)

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Portrait of Reiner Holzemer in the Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German): 

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Interview: Documenting the Artist | Reiner Holzemer

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