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Alix François Meier

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Alix François Meier, of Franco-German origin, has knowledge of the culture and distinctive features of these two countries. He inherently nourishes an appetite for everything that concerns France: from gourmet trips, through to the biography of well-known figures, as well as the discovery of unknown places. His curiosity is heightened when it comes to meeting with protagonists across the world. Adventure and discovery then speak for themselves: shell hunters under the Arctic glaciers, sapphires diggers in Madagascar or a scientific expedition to explore the underwater mountains of the Atlantic Ocean.

Alix François Meier, born in Essen in 1967, was trained as a documentary filmmaker from 1990 to 1992 in the newsroom of SPIEGEL TV. Since then he works as a producer and writer for private and public television channels, especially for the European cultural channel Arte.

 

Filmography

2012

Illegal immigrants at the Greek-Turkish border, currently in the works, ARTE Report (26 ')

2011

Cookery at the summet - The Aravis mountains, Arte documentary series (ZDF, 26 '). Haute-Savoie is the home of the former starred chef Marc Veyrat. He introduces us to the secrets of his cooking of which wild mountain herbs are the main component.

Regional cuisine - Rheinhessen, Arte documentary series (ZDF, 26 '). A portrait of a family of German winegrowers, who have been cultivating vineyards in the village Ober-Hilbersheim for thirteen generations.

2010

Valldemossa - the most beautiful place in the world? Govern Baleares, Comisión Chopin 2010, Institut Ramon Llull, Ajuntamento Valldemossa, Helmut Arenz Kulturstiftung (52 '). On the footsteps of the holiday location of the composer Frederic Chopin in Valldemossa and writer George Sand. During the winter of 1838-1839, they lived in the cells of an ancient monastery. But the welcome was as cold as the winter weather that prevailed.

Regional cuisine - Nord Pas-de-Calais, Arte documentary series(ZDF, 26 '). A portrait of a gardener family who grows cauliflowers in the Audomarois swamp.

Regional cuisine - The Camargue, Arte documentary series (ZDF, 26 '). A portrait of a family of rice farmers in the marshes of the Camargue.

The King of Palma, documentary (66 '). The Frenchman Bruno Maulmin Regnault (1943-2007) imagines himself to be the King of Palma. A documentary about the last years of his life.

2009

The coastline of the North Sea - Pas-de-Calais, Arte documentary series (ZDF, 26 '). Ferries daily link Dover to Calais in the midst of an intense maritime traffic. The risk of a disaster remains high.

Regional cuisine in the Aude, the hundredth, Arte documentary series (ZDF, 26 '). A portrait of the Bonnery family, winner of the Arte casting for the 100th program. They are not farmers, but musicians.

Mountains under the sea - An exploration of the depths of the Atlantic Ocean, "Arte Discovery" (Radio Bremen, 43 '). An exploration of the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Underwater mountains that stand on the seabed rise to more than 4000 meters high and are a home to rare plant and animal species.

2008

Poor despite the job, Arte Theme "Miserable pay or a boss’s salary " (MDR, 60 ', several co-authors). About social dumping, low wages, temporary employment and the minimum wage in France and Germany.

Regional cuisine in Agen, Arte documentary series (ZDF, 26 '). A portrait of a farmer family who produces the famous Agen prunes.

2007

Shell hunters in the Arctic, "Arte Discovery" (ZDF, 43 '). For a thousand years the Inuits have been living in a stunning landscape of ice. Traditionally, they prefer to eat meat and raw fish or mussels that they fish at low tide under the ice. The film received the award for "Best Documentary" at the Kuala Lumpur International Film Festival.

My life - Hélène Grimaud, a series of Arte documentaries (ZDF, 43 '). After the United States, it is now in Switzerland that the French pianist Hélène Grimaud has taken up residence. This documentary follows the young woman in her new life and accompanies her to New York on her travels. A portrait of a spontaneous and generous woman, always looking for new challenges.

Regional cuisine - Catalonia, Arte documentary series (ZDF, 26 '). A portrait of a family of fruit grower in northern Spain. Best Foreign audiovisual coverage of the XIX Pica Estates in Catalonia.

2006

Madagascar and the sapphire fever, "Arte 360° GEO" (EEIG Arte, WDR, 52 '). Ten years ago, Ilakaka was a village like many others in Madagascar. Since a shepherd came across a sapphire, hordes of adventurers arrive there every day in the hope of digging up the jackpot.

Wine list - Majorca Arte documentary series (ZDF, 26 '). Flying Winemaker: this is how the winemaker Juan Mora depicts himself. He wishes to make the wines of Mallorca known outside the island. He regularly visits twenty producers to improve their wines.

Wine on the menu – Beaujolais, Arte documentary series (ZDF, 26 '). Wine growers complain that the production of Beaujolais Nouveau, of which the quality is questionable, eclipses the other Beaujolais wines vinified according to tradition.

Wine on the menu - Sauternes, Arte documentary series (ZDF, 26 '). The great secret of making Sauternes is to harvest the grapes preserved by Botrytis cinerea, noble rot which gives the wine a high sugar concentration. This technique requires of the pickers a unique know-how as well as patience.

Regional cuisine in Marseille, Arte documentary series (ZDF, 26 '). A portrait of a family that owns a shipyard in the old port of Marseille.

2005

Wine on the menu - Loire Valley, Arte documentary series (ZDF, 26 '). Along the Loire, between castles and medieval towns, on old vines of the Pinot Noir from Sancerre after the ravages of phylloxera in the late nineteenth century, are grown the famous Sauvignon Blanc grapes that have been grafted onto highly resistant American strains. The mineral soils of the region do the rest.

Wine on the menu - Pomerol, Arte documentary series (ZDF, 26 '). Located east of Bordeaux and covering an area of 800 hectares, the land which gives its name to the prestigious appellation Pomerol is a flat land that stretches as far as one can see. There is a notion of femininity when it comes to these fine and vigorous wines. Is it due to the Merlot grape or th soil so characteristic of the region?

Wine on the menu - Roussillon, Arte documentary series (ZDF, 26 '). The wines of Roussillon vineyards no longer bring in money. Even the traditional sweet wine is no longer in fashion. Producers are gradually banishing mass production in favour of lower yields but higher quality.

2004

Laughter for only luggage - Clowns Without Borders in Bosnia and Madagascar, Arte "Life in front" (ZDF, 52 '). Humanitarian aid has many faces. While "Doctors Without Borders" or the "Red Cross" arrived on the scene just after the disaster, "Clowns Without Borders" come a little later to heal through laughter.

Wine on the menu – the Priorato, Arte documentary series (ZDF, 26 '). Only fifteen years ago, nobody knew the wine region of Priorato, Catalonia, in northeastern Spain. René Barbier, oenologist aged sixty-eight, was infatuated with the region to the point of settling there in the 1970s with a few friends, with the avowed aim of "producing the best wine in the world."

Wine on the menu - the Rioja, Arte documentary series (ZDF, 26 '). The Rioja with its special exposure is the most famous Spanish wine. Stored in oak barrels, it is subjected to a long period of aging.

The boarding school Le Rosey on the shores of Lake Leman, Arte documentary series (ZDF, 26 '). 90 teachers, 360 students, 57 nationalities ... the Swiss boarding school Le Rosey is one of the most prestigious in the world. Founded in 1880, it offers courses of a high level and offers a full sports program for the modest sum of ... € 43 000 per year.

2003

Wine list – Tuscany, Arte documentary series (ZDF, 26 '). Thirty years ago, Sassicaia, Tignanello and Il Pergole Torte announced the renewal of Italian wines. Wine on the menu on the trail of the "revolution of oak barrels" which saw the birth of the "Super Tuscans".

Regional cuisine – Majorca, Arte documentary series (ZDF, 26 '). A portrait of a nature-orientated family in the village of Valldemossa.

The tasters - The booming market of pet food, Süddeutsche TV (VOX, 32 '). The market for pet food is measured in billions. New recipes are subjected to four-legged tasters daily.

2002

Regional cuisine - The Quercy, Arte documentary series (ZDF, 26 '). A portrait of a retired couple and their pig Niki who searches for truffles in winter.

Regional cuisine in Lithuania, Arte documentary series (ZDF, 26 '). A portrait of a family of farmers and fishermen in the East of the Curonian Spit.

The cow market in the Mark Brandenburg - The organic farm is committed to a new approach, ORB report (ORB, 29 '). A family implements wacky ideas to support their organic farm.

My life - Paul Bocuse, Arte documentary series (ZDF, 43 '). The chef tells us his memories and the secrets of his success.

2001

Between Camping and Casino - Formula 1 in Monaco, Süddeutsche TV (VOX, 33 ').
Two worlds intersect in the stands of the grand prix formula 1 in the Principality of Monaco.

Regional cuisine in Andalusia, Arte documentary series (ZDF, 26 '). A portrait of a family of farmers in the Alpujarras.

2000

To be a part of it at all costs - a matter of survival for reporters from the tabloids, Süddeutsche TV (VOX, 32 '). Tabloid journalists must compete with ingenuity to get a scoop.

1999

I dream of Majorca - The East Germans on the pursuit of their happiness, MDR Report (ARD / MDR, 29 '). Many East German chose to settle on the holiday island, but they face numerous difficulties.

My country, my love: All rivers are as the Loire - Catherine Clément and the Anjou, Arte documentary series (ZDF, 26 '). After twelve years abroad, following her ambassador husband in his various positions, Catherine Clément returned to settle in her family estate in Anjou, on the banks of the Loire.

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