Barbet Schroeder is a multi-faceted filmmaker who made his film debut as a critic during the Nouvelle Vague movement for the Cahiers du Cinéma magazine. At the age of 22, he built his company Les Films du Losange, which produced films by Eric Rohmer, Michael Haneke and Jacques Doillon among many others. In addition to playing regularly for his filmmaker friends, he has also directed twenty films that explore different genres such as fiction and documentaries: More (1969), plunges the audience into a psychedelic world with the help of Pink Floyd’s entrancing soundtrack. Mystère von Bülow (1990) is based on the true story of a billionaire couple where the husband is believed to have put his wife into a coma; the movie was awarded an Oscar for the male leading role. Mistress (1975) explores the practice of sadomasochism and features Gérard Depardieu as well as Bulle Ogier. Schroeder likes to tackle very different genres, and has a certain taste for extreme characters.
His latest film (2017), The Venerable W., focuses on the tensions between Muslims and Buddhists by portraying the life of a Burmese monk Ashin Wirathu, the leader of an anti-Muslim movement in Myanmar, and concludes his trilogy of evil after General Idi Amin Dada: Self-Portrait (1974) and The Lawyer of Terror (César for Best Documentary Film 2008).
Barbet Schroeder is the guest of honor at the 2018 Midnight Sun Film Festival and he will present The venerable W., Mistress, General Idi Amin Dada: Self-portrait and More.