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Richard Ladkani, an award-winning Austrian director and cinematographer, has completed over fifty documentaries for cinema and TV, directed a feature length drama as well as a great number of commercials for international clients.

After completing his film studies in the United States in 1996, he gained most of his early experience in NYC, where he worked and lived for more than six years before moving to Munich in 2002. From the early years, his dual approach as director and cinematographer has given his films a special handwriting, which has gained him international recognition.


In 2001, his film “Escape over the Himalayas” (ZDF) got him a nomination for the German TV Award. In 2002, he received the Golden Austrian Romy Award for outstanding cinematography on the series “Monasteries of the Danube River” (BR/ORF). In 2005, his feature-length documentary film “The Devil’s Miner” (PBS/arte/BR), won 22 international awards (Tribeca FF, Toronto FF, Los Angeles FF, European Film Awards, to name a few) and got a theatrical release in the US and Europe. In 2008, he photographed the award-winning documentary “A Powerful Noise”, and in 2009 the feature-length documentary "Jane’s Journey” on the world-renowned primate researcher Dr. Jane Goodall. 

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Both films were released in cinemas across Europe and the US. “Jane’s Journey” later won the “Cinema for Peace” award during the Berlin Film Festival 2011 and was shortlisted for the Academy Awards 2012. “Vatican – The Hidden World” (BBC/NatGeo/BR/France2), a three-year project which focuses on the secret world in the heart of the Vatican, was awarded the Bavarian Television Award 2011 for best directing and cinematography. 

“Gas Monopoly” (ORF/Arte), an investigative thriller on the international Gas business and “Bavaria!” (BR/Arte), a high-end four-part series on the people and nature of Southern Germany are amongst his latest projects, which he directed and photographed before embarking on THE IVORY GAME, an investigative thriller on the illegal ivory trade and the plight of the African elephant. THE IVORY GAME is a production of Red Bull's cinema brand Terra Mater Film Studios, co-financed by Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen's Vulcan Productions, in association with Malaika Pictures and Leoanrdo DiCaprio's Appian Way. DiCpario is also an Executive producer on this film. THE IVORY GAME was released as a NETFLIX ORIGINAL on Nov. 4th, 2016 after it had its festival premiers at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals. It also won the Golden Panda Award at Wild Screen Festival and was shortlisted for an Academy Award in the feature documentary category 2017. 

For more information please visit www.malaikapictures.com