Anja Salomonowitz (born in Vienna) is an Austrian film director and screenwriter, specialised on documentary films with political or social background.
Anja Salomonowitz was born in Vienna and started to study art history and dramatics and film theory at the University of Vienna, but broke the study to change to the film academy, based in the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna. There she specialised on the field of studys directing and cutting. As a cutter she attended also the Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen (college for film and TV) in Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany.
Her first movie which started in the cinemas was the 52 minutes documentary film You will never understand this" (2003). There she confronted herself and her family with their family's history. Her Jewish grandaunt was in a concentration camp, her nanny joined the socialistic resistance and her grandmother "did nothing".
In her one-minute-long, shortest short film Codename Figaro – as a contribution to the "Mozart year 2006" – she raises the ironic and politics critic question if „Le nozze di Figaro“ actually was a fictitious marriage.
"It happened just before" is a film about human trafficking. This film has an artistic clou: the woman, whose stories are told, do not appear themselves in the movie but the stories are told by other people. These people have connections to the stories because of their daily work. "It happened just before" is therefore also talking about usual documentary strategies.
"Spain" is Anja Salomonowitz´first feature realized in 2012 and started at the international forum at the Berlinale.
- 2010 "Outstanding Artist Award" of the Federal Ministry of Art in Austria
- Kurz davor ist es passiert:
- 2006: Wiener Filmpreis (Vienna Film Award)
- 2007: Caligari-Filmpreis, Internationales Forum des Jungen Films – Berlinale 2007
- 2007: Innovative Artistic Award, Mar del Plata
- 2007: New Vision Best Director Award, Alba International Film Festival
- 2007: Friedensfilmpreis der Stadt Osnabrück
- Das wirst du nie verstehen
- 2003: Audience Award, Vienna students film festival
- 2004: Prix Regards Neufs, Visions du Réel, Nyon