LONDON — Austrian filmmaker Michael Glawogger has died while shooting in Africa. He was 54.
His production company Lotus-Film said Glawogger, who was in Liberia, died from malaria.
Glawogger has been travelling with two others in a red Volkswagen van on a year-long trip, starting in Eastern Europe, and also taking in Sierra Leone, Gambia and Senegal.
Austrian Film Institute chief Roland Teichmann said Glawogger “never allowed himself to be pigeonholed and leaves behind a cinematic oeuvre that has gone into the canon of world cinema.”
His gritty docus included “Megacities,” which looked at people struggling to survive in four cities, “Whores’ Glory,” about prostitution, and “Workingman’s Death,” on the extremes people go to earn a living in the developing world.
He also shot a comedy about Yuppies, “Slumming,” which played in competition at Berlin.
He also contributed a film to the 3D docu series “Cathedrals of Culture,” which played this year at Berlin. His film looked at the National Library of Russia.