"Deliriously sumptuous and transgressive, Ulrike Ottinger's world can hardly be confused with humdrum reality. Watching her films is like traveling through an undiscovered country of marvels, a journey alternately dazzling, infuriating, hilarious, and rewarding. Mongolian nomads, feral feminists, and Shanghai and Jewish culture rub elbows in the oeuvre of a unique filmmaker who combines an outlaw's spirit and an ethnographer's eye with an artist's sense of wonder" (Leslie Camhi, The Village Voice) 






Exhibition about Delphine Seyrig

The siamese twins Lena-Leni. Delphine Seyrig and Jackie Raynal, Context: Freak Orlando, 1981

Defiant Muses.
Delphine Seyrig and the Feminist Video Collectives in France in the 1970s and 1980s


Delphine Seyrig (1932-1990) is best known for the roles she played in French auteur cinema, most notably in Alain Resnais’ Last Year at Marienbad (1961), where she became the symbol of an idealized and sophisticated femininity. But “acting” was not merely a profession for Seyrig: during the 1970s, she became indeed an activist working collaboratively within the framework of the feminist movement. At the same time, working with women filmmakers such as Chantal Akerman, Marguerite Duras or Ulrike Ottinger allowed her to explore a variety of female roles and to unravel her own image as a diva.

The exhibition explores the intersection between the histories of cinema, video and feminism in France.


July 5 - September 22, 2019

LaM - Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne,

d'art contemporain et d'art brut, Lille (FR)


September 25, 2019 - März 23, 2020

Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid (SP)


Exhibition in Berlin

Ulrike Ottinger, Paris 1965

Paris Calligrammes - A Landscape of Memory by Ulrike Ottinger


The Haus der Kulturen der Welt shows historical archival material together with Ulrike Ottinger's own art and film works. Memories of the Parisian bohème and decolonial movements meet images of a multi-ethnic society. From the Librairie Calligrammes, a meeting place of exiled German intellectuals, to the Cinémathèque française, which sparked her love of film, Ulrike Ottinger charts a city and its utopias.


23/08 –13/10/2019
Opening: Th 22/08/2019, 7 pm

HKW Berlin - Website of the exhibition


On September 21, 2018, Ulrike Ottinger received an honorary doctor of fine arts during a ceremony at Concordia University in Montreal, awarded by the President of the University Alan Shepard.


Introduction to Honorary Degree Citation (pdf) by Rosanna Maule

Honorary Degree Speech (pdf) by Ulrike Ottinger

Announcement of Concordia University

Dartmouth College, USA

Dartmouth Campus

Ulrike Ottinger has been invited to hold the Montgomery Fellowship of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. From the beginning of September until the middle of November 2018, she will be working with students at one of the oldest universities in the USA.
She also works there on her new film “Paris Calligrammes”.


The Montgomery Fellowship

Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755 USA
Email: contact@dartmouth.edu

Exhibition in München

From June 29th Sammlung Goetz shows at Haus der Kunst Part 2 of the exhibition Generations: Female Artists in Dialogue e.g. with TICKET OF NO RETURN (1979).

In the exhibition, the focus is on the body and the exploration of its limits, as well as the examination of social concepts of sexuality, gender and identity in moving images.


Haus der Kunst
Prinzregentenstraße 1
80538 München
T +49 89 21127 113
F +49 89 21127 157

New film in production

Ulrike Ottinger, Paris 1965

In April, the filming of Ulrike Ottinger's new documentary PARIS CALLIGRAMMES took place. Since the beginning of May, the intensive phase of editing has begun.


A co-production with

Zero One Film, Berlin

and Idéale Audience, Paris

Exhibition Review from Glasgow International

Transgressive, erotic, alarming, unconscionable and marvellous, Ottinger’s work is a call to artistic freedom and formal rigour. Life-affirming and dangerous, she is an accidental mentor to the best younger artists here, and a rejoinder to mediocrity, to things I prefer not to recall. 


Adrian Searle: Interstellar sexual adventures and underground erotica – Glasgow International review, In: The Guardian, 20/04/2018

Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin 2018

Berlinale 2018 - poster

Ulrike Ottinger is member of the Glashütte Dokumentarfilmpreis Jury at this year's BERLINALE. 


This prize for the best documentary film is endowed with € 50,000, funded by Glashütte Original. A total of about 18 documentary entries from the current programmes of the Competition, Panorama, Forum, Generation, Berlinale Special and Perspektive Deutsches Kino sections as well as the Culinary Cinema special series is nominated for the Glashütte Original – Documentary Award.


Link to Berlinale Website

"Johanna d'Arc of Mongolia" at MoMA

The New Yorker, May 26, 2017

Review by Richard Brody

With Sofia Coppola making her return at Cannes with “The Beguiled” and David Lynch making his own return with “Twin Peaks: The Return,” the substance of style is in question again. A rare and remarkable film that makes this question its very subject has just started its welcome weeklong run at MOMA: “Johanna d’Arc of Mongolia,” by the German director Ulrike Ottinger, from 1989. It’s a sumptuously stylized yet ardently observational film that builds its wild contrasts into its plot, about a train ride of legendary proportions aboard the Transsiberian, a virtual Orient Express filled with an exotic collection of international travellers with mysterious backgrounds and fabulous personalities. more


Chamisso's Shadow awarded as Best Documentary 2016


On february 13, 2017 the German Film Critics Association has awarded Ulrike Ottinger's twelfe-hour-documentary CHAMISSO'S SHADOW as Best Documentary 2016. Following the foodsteps of Adelbert von Chamisso, the film combines breathtaking landscape images, ethnological knowledge and personal experiences.

Berlin: Chamissos Shadow (photographs)

Auch die Berge haben sich in Wale verwandelt. Chamissos Schatten, 2014

Dec 5th 2015 until Feb 27th 2016

Vernisage: Dec. 04th 2015, 6 pm


Under the title „Chamisso‘s Shadow“ the Berlin gallery Johanna Breede Photokunst presents photographs by Ulrike Ottinger, produced during her filming expedition to and around the Bering Sea for her upcomming film of the same title.


Johanna Breede


Fasanenstraße 69

D – 10719 Berlin

Tue to Fr 11am - 6pm · Sa 11am-4pm


Exhibition from Dec 4th 2015 to March 13th 2016 at The Hall for Contemporary Art


The thematic emphasis of the presentation is the »oceans as the sixth continent«, thus examining the seaways across which global flows of commodities have been channeled since the 19th century, whose control is still of great economic and political significance today. Some of the participating artists have been featured at documenta, including Kader Attia, Ulrike Ottinger and Alfredo Jaar. Curator of the exhibition is Koyo Kouoh from Dakar. 


Deichtorhallen Hamburg

Halle für Aktuelle Kunst

Deichtorstraße 1−2

20095 Hamburg


South Korea: 10. Gwangju Biennale

Gwangju Biennale


September 5. until November 9. 2014


The tenth Gwangju Biennale, curated by Jessica Morgan, explores the process of burning and transformation, a cycle of obliteration and renewal witnessed throughout history. 17 photographic works by Ulrike Ottinger in context of MADAME X and TICKET OF NO RETURN will be shown.

Opening: September 5th 2014


Gwangju Biennale
111 Biennale-ro
yongbong-dong, Buk-gu
Gwangju 500-845
Republic of Korea

ZKM Karlsruhe: Beuys Brock Vostell

Exhibition Mai 24. −November 09. 2014

The exhibition, curated by Peter Weibel, explores the works of the action artists Joseph Beuys, Bazon Brock and Wolf Vostell. It aims at finding analogies between the three, namely their common focus on the radical emancipation of the individual, the topic of the Second World War as well as their introduction of a new style of teaching. Part of the exhibition is Ulrike Ottingers film Berlinfever - Wolf Vostell (16 mm, colour, 12 minutes).


Lorenzstraße 19
76135 Karlsruhe

TIFF Canada: Queer Outlaw Cinema

June 13 – August 17 2014


The exhibition, curated by Noah Cowan and Kathleen Pirrie Adams, exhibits the works of renowned artists working at the intersection of film and the visual arts. Ulrike Ottinger’s photographic works from her filmic works during the 1970s and 1980s are exhibited and her films FREAK ORLANDO (35 mm, colour, 126 minutes) and SUPERBIA (35 mm, colour, 15 minutes) are screened.


TIFF Bell Lightbox 
Reitman Square
350 King Street West
Toronto, Ontario 
M5V 3X5

Umeå, Sweden: Theatrical Fields


Exhibition 29 September, 2013 – 5 January, 2014


The exhibition, curated by Ute Meta Bauer, explores the theatrical in performance, film and video. The exhibition also features a programme with films by Marie Louise Ekman (Sweden), Eva Meyer/Eran Schaerf (Germany) and Ulrike Ottinger (Germany). In context of Ulrike Ottinger's films JOHANNA D'ARC OF MONGOLIA und FREAK ORLANDO the museum also presents artist book and folm posters.


Umeå University | Umeå Arts Campus
Östra Strandgatan 26
SE-901 87 Umeå, Sweden

Munich: Haus der Kunst

Johanna d'Arc

So Much I Want to Say: From Annemiek to Mother Courage – Goetz Collection at Haus der Kunst

Exhibition 19.04.13 - 12.01.2014

Opening: 18.04.13, 7 pm

Works by female artists constitute nearly half of the pieces in Ingvild Goetz's collection of media art. These works represent and illustrate the key stages of the feminist discourse and feminist film theory since the 1970s. With works by Chantal Akerman, Andrea Bowers, Rineke Dijkstra, Cheryl Donegan, Mona Hatoum, Lucy McKenzie & Paulina Olowska, Tracey Moffatt, Ulrike Ottinger, Ryan Trecartin, Rosemarie Trockel, and T.J. Wilcox

Part of the presentation ist Ulrike Ottinger's JOHANNA D'ARC OF MONGOLIA (1989, 165 Min.).

Haus der Kunst
Prinzregentenstraße 1
80538 München

UNDER SNOW DVD release on July 20th!

dvd cover

In Echigo in Japan the snow often lies several feet deep well into May covering landscape and villages. Over the centuries the inhabitants have organised their lives accordingly. In order to record their very distinctive forms of everyday life, their festivals and religious rituals Ulrike Ottinger journeyed to the mythical snow country – accompanied by two Kabuki performers. Taking the parts of the students Takeo and Mako they follow in the footsteps of Bokushi Suzuki who in the mid-19th century wrote his remarkable book “Snow Country Tales”.

A beautiful vixen fox leads the two protagonists astray and they undergo a wondrous metamorphosis. As a man and woman of the Edo period they now travel through the past and again and again encounter the present.


Now available on DVD (german and engl. Version, including the radioplay on 2 CDs) at: Real Fiction or Good Movies.

Autumn 2011: Premiere UNTER SCHNEE - Exhibitions at Haus der Kulturen der Welt and Neuer Berliner Kunstverein -  - Hannah Höch Prize Awarding - Film series at Arsenal

Between September 2011 and January 2012 numerous Ulrike Ottinger-related events are taking place in Berlin. On 7th September the exhibition Floating Food opens in the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. On 9th September her new film Under Snow will also have its premiere there. On 25th September Ulrike Ottinger will be awarded the Hannah Höch Prize of the Berlin Senate. On the same day to mark the occasion an exhibition opens at the Neue Berliner Kunstverein which will for the first time show her early paintings. To accompany these events from 18th September 2011 to 22nd January 2012 the Kino Arsenal is showing a selection of her films in a 12 part series accompanied by conversations and introductions. Each of the exhibitions will be accompanied by an artist’s book published by the Walther König Verlag. 

In preparation: THE BLOOD COUNTESS

Die Blutgräfin

Impatiently awaiting the arrival of her devoted maid Hermine, the countess Erzsébeth Báthory, also known as La Comtesse Sanglante, a tigress in human disguise, ascends into the open daylight.
At breathtaking speed, the two women race through a Vienna of ghoulish beauty. This is a cracked journey to the roots of a myth that has lost nothing of its appeal: to the Vampyre Empire!


Starring Isabelle Huppert!


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Award of the German film critique: PRATER


People, monsters, sensations. The beguiling images in Ulrike Ottinger’s Prater transform this mythical Viennese attraction into a cinematic experience. A captivating succession of intention and coincidence, an amusement ride through time and space. An complex film that makes us think and laugh.


Award of the German film critique 2007: best documentary!


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