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Acclaimed Austrian Filmmaker Michael Glawogger Dies Aged 54

Michael Glawogger Acclaimed Austrian Filmmaker Michael Glawogger Dies Aged 54

The Austrian director, screenwriter and cinematographer Michael Glawogger died this morning (April 23rd) in Liberia from malaria. Glawogger is perhaps best known for his documentaries including ‘Megacities,’ which won the Vienna film award in 1998; ‘Workingman’s Death,’ which picked up the Grierson Award at the London Film Festival in 2005; and ‘Whores’ Glory,’ which won the Austrian Film Award at the 2012 Viennale and Orizzonti Special Jury Prize at the 2011 Venice Film Festival. In much of his work, particularly his documentaries, Glawogger examined the impact of modernization and globalization on the working poor in developing countries.

The 54-year-old filmmaker most recently worked on the 3D architectural documentary series ‘Cathedrals of Culture,’ alongside the likes of Robert Redford and Wim Wenders. In Glawogger’s segment he examined the life and history of Russia’s National Library. ‘Cathedrals of Culture’ premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February.

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