Darío Aguirre was born in 1979 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Between 1996-1999 he was dedicated to painting, music, performance and participated in a wide variety of collective art projects in Ecuador. In 1999 he moved to Germany and studied Visual Communication and Media at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg/Germany until 2008 with Gerd Roscher and Wim Wenders. Between 2004-2013 he co-directed the short film festival “ambulart” in Ecuador, Mexico and Germany. During his studies he was a scholarship holder of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and was awarded the DAAD Prize for artistic performance and social impetus at the University of Fine Arts.

Today Darío Aguirre is an award-winning and established filmmaker in the German and international documentary film scene. His short films and feature films have been invited to international film festivals such as Santa Barbara, Toulouse, Nyon, Cartagena, Malaga and Berlinale. They have been screened in cinemas in Germany, Switzerland, Ecuador and shown on TV all over the world. He has also given workshops at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg/Germany, as well as at the master’s degree in documentary filmmaking at the EICTV Cuba. He continuously advises documentary projects and has been invited to give lectures about his work at festivals, Talent Campus Buenos Aires and universities such as Uni Köln, Bielefeld, Uni Hamburg in Germany or UARTES in Ecuador. 2020 he founded the production company Tiempo Filmproduktion in Hamburg with a focus on auteur films.

Filmography (selection)

In the land of my children Documentary | Germany/Switzerland | 88 min | 2018

Cesar’s Grill Documentary | Germany/Switzerland | 88 min | 2013

Five Ways to Darío Documentary | Germany | 80 min | 2010

Short films

“My last day as a fictional man” | Docu | Germany 2005

“Lullaby for the one who returns” | Docu | Germany 2007

“Bodyfront” | Docu | Germany 2007 “Lorenz” | Fiction | Germany 2006

“Unknown home” | Docu | Germany 2002