Dieter Berner was born in Vienna in 1944. Following his studies at Max Reinhardt Seminar, he worked as a stage and film actor and director in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. He played the lead in Michael Haneke’s The Seventh Continent
(1989) and co-wrote and directed various award-winning TV series. His first feature film Joint Venture
(1994) premiered at Karlovy Vary. Since 2007, Dieter Berner has directed several film projects in cooperation with his students at the film academies in Babelsberg and Vienna.