Director Werner Herzog and cinematographer Peter Zeitlinger are expected to accept a special award for a cinematographer-director duo at the 31st edition of the EnergaCamerimage cinematography festival in Toruń, Poland in November.
In almost 30 years of collaboration, the two have created documentaries and six feature films. In addition to their first joint venture Death for five votes (1995) include her documentaries Little Dieter has to fly (1997), my best friend (1999), wheel of time (2003), grizzly man (2005), Encounters at the end of the world (2007), Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010), Into the abyss (2011), From one second to the next (2013), Lo and Behold: Daydreams of the Connected World (2016), Into the inferno (2016), Fireball: Visitors from darker worlds (2020) and theater of thought (2022).
Encounters at the end of the worlda 2007 film that follows people in Antarctica and the uniqueness of their work was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Documentary category.
The 2010 documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams pioneered the use of 3D digital film to give viewers access to the beauty of the Chauvet Cave in France. The oldest figurative cave paintings, thought to be at least 32,000 years old, were found on the walls of this cave, which was only discovered in 1994.
The duo’s feature films include: Invincible (2001), Save Dawn (2006), Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009), My son, my son, what have you done? (2009), queen of the desert (2015) and salt and fire (2016).