Sabine Gisiger

Sabine Gisiger

Director, Writer


Sabine Gisiger is a Swiss filmmaker who is known for her documentaries about art, culture, and history. She was born in 1962 in Zurich, Switzerland and grew up in a family of filmmakers. She graduated with a degree in film studies from the University of Zurich in 1988.

Gisiger began her career as a director, editor, and producer in 1991 with the documentary Die Kunst des Malens (The Art of Painting) which was broadcast on Swiss television. Since then, she has directed numerous documentaries for Swiss television, including the series Der Blick auf die Schweiz (A Look at Switzerland) and the feature-length documentary Unter der Sonne Afrikas (Under the African Sun).

Gisiger's films focus on art, culture, and history, often exploring contemporary issues. Her documentary Wirksamkeit der Kunst (Effectiveness of Art, 1995) explored the role of art and culture in society, while her documentary Utopia revisited (2000) examined how utopian ideals of the past have shaped the present. She has also explored the lives of famous artists, such as Pablo Picasso in Picasso's Liebe zur Kunst (Picasso's Love for Art, 2006) and Auguste Renoir in Renoir – Einmaligkeit der Naturschöpfung (Renoir – Uniqueness of Nature Creation, 2009).

In addition to her work as a director and producer, Gisiger has written extensively about film and art in various books and journals. She has also served as a member of the jury for several film festivals and has been involved in the Swiss film industry through her work on the board of the Swiss Film Academy.

Gisiger's work has been recognized with numerous awards, including a Swiss Film Prize for the documentary Unter der Sonne Afrikas and a Golden Leopard Award for her documentary Wirksamkeit der Kunst. In 2008, she was awarded the Swiss Grand Prix for Culture for her contribution to Swiss film.

Gisiger continues to be an important figure in Swiss film, exploring the potential of documentary filmmaking to explore issues of art, culture, and history. Her work has been an inspiration to many and has enriched the Swiss film industry.

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