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Ciro Cappellari was born in Buenos Aires in 1959 where he trained to be a photographer and made his first short films. In 1985, he came to Berlin to study at the German Film & Television Academy (dffb) and has worked as a screenwriter, director and cameraman since 1990. He was DoP on films by Marcel Gisler, Didi and Pepe Danquart, including the Oscar®-winning BLACK RIDER (SCHWARZFAHRER, 1993). He has directed AMOR AMERICA (documentary, 1989), HIJO DEL RIO (1991), SIN QUERER (1997), IN BERLIN (2009, together with Michael Ballhaus), and FRANCESO AND THE POPE (2011).