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Leif Karpe
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About me

Born in the Black Forest in Southern Germany and raised in different places, including southern Brazil and the German industrial region of the Ruhr, I came in touch with very different environments at an early age. This experience sparked an interest in different cultures and the desire to travel, to witness cultural phenomena. I gave in to this curiosity, and through extensive traveling I found my home in the role of the observer.

Painting and photography has had a great influence on my cinematographic style. As I watch scenes unfold, I follow their natural light and development. This is what cinematography means to me: seeing what’s there, making it visible to others, capturing each moment in its unique revelation and saving it from oblivion by a medium of conservation.



  • till 1989: School and civil service
  • 1992: Travelling, first camera assistent from dop J.Salk
  • 1996: Studies film and art history, Bochum
  • from 1994: Work in international filmproduction

Filmography - Directing (selection)

  • Under the shadow of the cross, directed by Alessandro Pugno, camera: L. Karpe, documentary 80 Min., Italy/ Spain
  • 2011:
  • ACCION! The story of La Fura dels Baus, directed by C.Goldmann and L.Karpe, 84 Min., ARTE/ZDF, TVE
  • 2010:
  • Global Rheingold, directed by C.Goldmann and L.Karpe, 100 Min. ZDF / 3Sat
  • Out of Cordoba, directed by Jacob Bender, camera: L.Karpe, 80 Min., USA/ Spain
  • 2009:
  • Siegfried Reloaded, directed by C.Goldmann and L.Karpe, 52. Min., 3Sat
  • Ferne Klänge, directed by Bernhard Pfletschinger, camera: L.Karpe, 75 Min., WDR
  • Wagner Furioso- Carlus Padrissa, directed by C.Goldmann and L.Karpe, 18 Min., Unitel Classica
  • Painting with light- Franc Aleu., directed by C.Goldmann and L.Karpe, 17 Min., Unitel Classica
  • 2008:
  • Environment and Islam, project of development assistance in Algeria, by order of GTZ GmbH, 30 Min., produced by Planet Pictures
  • 2007:
  • Generation 27, directed by Regina Alvarez, camera: Leif Karpe, series, MLK / CanalSur, Spain
  • Tomorrow in Annaba, documentation about a German-Algerian waste project at Annaba, 45 min., 2007, directed and produced by order of Gesellschaft für technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ GmbH), and the companies GEOPLAN and Abfallwirtschaft Schwaben, produced by Planet Pictures
  • 2006:
  • Edgar Hilsenrath - Night without Morning, directed by Bernhard Pfletschinger, camera: L.Karpe, 52 Min., WDR
  • The Dream of the Black Antelope, directed by C.Goldmann and L.Karpe, 64 Min., by order of PresenZa/Angola and Brazil
  • Imams and Rabbis for Peace, documentation of the interreligious congress in Sevilla in April 2006, directed and produced by order of the organization terre des hommes, Paris and onevoicemovement, New York
  • 2005:
  • Rendezvous, fiction, 100 min., directed by Alexander Schüler, camera: L.Karpe, SHOTBYSHOT Filmproduktion, Berlin, Pandora Filmverleih
  • Operation Sunrise, directed by Bernhard Pfletschinger, camera: L.Karpe, 52 Min., ARTE/ WDR
  • El Americano - Orson Welles in Spain, directed by Rodrigo Gomez, Alberto Rojas, L. Karpe, 307 Min., produced by: La Maestranza and Serverlin Film, Sevilla (Spain)
  • 2003:
  • The Discovery of Colour, - August Macke, Louis Moilliet, Paul Klee in Tunisia, – radioplay, 60 min., published by LABIB Künstlerreisen, distributed by Steinbach Sprechende Bücher
  • 2002:
  • The Champions, documentary movie, directed by Christoph Hübner, 2nd unit: L.Karpe, 100 Min., WDR
  • It's the environment's turn, - German-Algerian development cooperation for environment protection - documentation, 28 min., produced by: Planet Pictures/GTZ, Eschborn (Germany)
  • 2001:
  • Oskar Sala - The passed Future of Sound, directed by Oliver Rauch & Ingo Rudloff, camera: L.Karpe, UPSTART Filmproduktion, Wiesbaden
  • 2000:
  • The Compost Facility of Beja, - official movie for the Tunisian pavillon at the EXPO 2000 at Hannover (Germany) - 15 min., produced by: ministry of the environment of Tunisia, Planet Pictures
  • 1999:
  • The Indian Experiment, - Giorgio Manganelli in India – directed by Achim fell and L..Karpe, 76. min., produced by: Planet Pictures
  • 1995:
  • The land beside the Nile, directed by Markus May, camera: L.Karpe, series, Schulfernsehen/ WDR, Cologne
  • Time of the Lords, directed by Achim Fell and Leif Karpe, 18 min., Planet Pictures