Peter Paul Huth

Film publicist
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Peter Paul Huth (*1954) studied Sociology, Political Science, English Literature and History in Cologne, Marburg, Hannover and at UC Riverside, California, and Ohio University, Athens. As a free lance critic he wrote about cinema and cultural affairs for the daily Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung and the weekly Deutsches Allgemeines Sonntagsblatt (Hamburg). Since 1987 he has been working in the feature film department of ZDF German Television. Until 2011 he was the responsible editor of the cinema programme „Kennwort Kino“ on ZDF/3sat, as well as the author and co-author of TV portraits of numerous renowned directors. He has been a member of the critics jury in San Sebastián 1985, Huesca 1994, Karlovy Vary 2013.


The awards ceremony of the 79th Venice Festival ended with a surprise. The Golden Lion went to the documentary "All the Beauty and the Bloodshed" by Laura Poitras.
What was striking this year in Venice was the abundance of family stories telling of separated and remarried couples, of the relationship between parents and children, of tragic strokes of fate, of loss and grief.
Political films are not an easy genre. They run the risk of falling into clichés, dividing their characters into heroes and villains, and reducing complex political contexts to simple formulas.
Peter Paul Huth reports on the films of Luca Guadagnino, Frederic Wiseman and Paul Schrader
For this year the director of the Mostra d'Arte Cinematografica in Venice, Alberto Barbera, had announced a selection of attractive but also controversial films that do not turn a blind eye to a world full of conflicts. In the competition there are a number of features that take up political themes, but also films that deal with family constellations.
"No illusions! That could be the motto of this year's Sheffield Documentary Festival," says Peter Paul Huth in his appreciation of the festival programme.


01.09.2021 to 11.09.2021