Pachamama is another fine example of Peter Nestler’s extraordinary documentaries. He takes us on an expedition to Ecuador, to the heart of an ancient Indian culture. Although heavily damaged by the Spanish conquerors, many of the old treasures and, more remarkably, many of the old traditions and customs have survived and are still in practice today. It’s a film of quiet beauty and sadness, but of a sadness that is friendly and not bitter; a film about the cultural wealth of a fascinating country. (Ted Roth) —Viennale
Peter Nestler remains one of the most outstanding documentary filmmakers from German post-war cinema. Born in 1937, he created his first short documentaries from 1962 to 1965, including Mülheim/Ruhr (1964), Ödenwaldstetten (1964) and Rheinstrom (1965), which were a series of aesthetically meticulous and politically radical portraits of everyday life and working-class environment in Germany.
Peter Nestler once said, “Ever since I began making films, I have tried to show the very heart of the matter. I did this so spectators would remember and recognize things, and, in order to point out that something needs to be changed, needs to be preserved or must not be forgotten.” This statement emphasizes Nestler’s unconventional approach to filmmaking. His work introduced an entirely new and uncompromising style to German cinema, which was met with a profound lack of understanding by both audiences and critics. Decreasing working opportunities in his native Germany eventually forced Nestler… read more
An informal Q&A with one of Germany’s greatest modern filmmakers.