Rüdiger Suchsland studied History, Philosophy and Political Science. Primarily active as a journalist and critic for print, radio and internet, he is also a speaker, instructor and author on the thematic subjects of film, theory, East Asia, zeitgeist, and contemporary issues. He is a member of the programming committee of film festivals in Mannheim-Heidelberg and Ludwigshafen and other international festivals and served as the German correspondent for the Cannes’ Critics’ Week from 2001-2012. Since 2004, he has held various senior positions at the Association of German Film Critics. Together with Josef Schnelle, he co-authored the book Zeichen und Wunder: Das Kino von Zhang Yimou und Wong Kar-Wai. FROM CALIGARI TO HITLER (2014) is his documentary feature debut.