Peter Gidal was born in 1946 and grew up in Switzerland. After studying psychology and German literature at Brandeis University and the University of Munich, he enrolled at the Royal College of Art in London and began his career as an experimental filmmaker.
The films of Gidal are milestones of cinematic minimalism, and he strives to leave as much room for the interpretation as possible. For example in his most famous work Room Film 1973 (1973) the plot doesn’t play any part, but the optic mediation between the real and the reel.
Ten short films by Peter Gidal are shown at DocPoint festival as part of the Vanishing point -section:
Peter Gidal in Helsinki 30th January – 1st February
Photo: Polly Braden