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Gernot Roll was born in Dresden in 1939 and trained at the DEFA studios in Babelsberg. In 1960, he became an operator at the Bavaria Film studios and worked there as a director of photography from 1964-1976. His credits as one of Germany's leading cameramen include Edgar Reitz's Stunde Null (1976) and Heimat (1982), Axel Corti's Welcome to Vienna (1985), Soenke Wortmann's Der bewegte Mann (1994) and Helmut Dietl's Rossini (1996). He made his (co-) directorial debut on Corti's Radetzkymarsch (1994) and followed this with Ballermann 6 (1997), A Favorable Opportunity (Ne guenstige Gelegenheit, 1999), Tach, Herr Dokter (1999), and Pura Vida Ibiza (2003). Roll has received numerous prizes and distinctions for his work, including Adolf Grimme Awards in Gold (for Heimat and Radetzkymarsch), German Film Awards (for Wildfeuer and Meine Tochter gehoert mir) and Bavarian Film & Television Awards (for Wildfeuer and Das Maedchen Rosemarie).