Volker Sattel was born in 1970 in Speyer/Rhine, Germany. He studied filmmaking and photography at the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy in Ludwigsburg between 1993 and 1999. Since then, he has directed and produced documentaries that have been shown at festivals and on television, as well as other artistic projects, including those with Olaf Nicaolai and Daniel Klein, musician Tim Elzer (Don’t dolby/Cologne), and author Mario Mentrup, with whom he co-founded the company Vakant Film in 2005. Sattel’s work has received several awards, including the Schnittpreis of the VG Bild-Kunst in Bonn and the Gerd Ruge Fellowship, both won in 2011 for the film Under Control. In 2013 he was a researcher at the Goethe-Institut Villa Kamogawa in Kyoto with Stefanie Gaus, with whom he made the film Beyond Metabolism (2014). In 2016 he directed La Cupola, an essay on a singular house that belonged to Michelangelo Antonioni and Monica Vitti.