Pierre-François Sauter is a Swiss director and producer of feature films, documentaries, television series and commercials. He was born in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1963.
After completing a degree in business administration, Sauter started his career as an assistant director and production manager for several Swiss television series and short films. In 1990, he directed his first feature film entitled “The Homecoming”, which was a success in Switzerland.
In 1997, Sauter directed “The White Palace”, which was awarded the Best Swiss Film Award at the Locarno International Film Festival. This was followed by several documentaries, including “The Swiss Alps” (1998), “The Story of the Alps” (2001) and “The Swiss Way of Life” (2003).
In 2006, Sauter directed and co-wrote “The Flight”, a romantic drama based on a true story, which starred Academy Award-winning actor Benicio del Toro and was a critical success. This was followed by “The Quiet Mountain” (2008), “The Hidden Hand” (2010) and “The Unknown Country” (2013).
Sauter has also directed a number of television series, including “The Reunion” (2006), “The Road to Happiness” (2007) and “The Lost Path” (2010). In 2011, he directed and co-wrote the feature film “The Swiss Connection”, which was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
In addition to his work as a director and producer, Sauter has also served as a consultant for the Swiss Film Foundation and has taught film courses at the University of Lausanne. He is currently working on a feature-length documentary about the life and work of a Swiss painter.
Pierre-François Sauter is a respected and accomplished director and producer who has experienced success both in Switzerland and internationally. He is renowned for his ability to create thought-provoking and emotionally engaging films.