Born in Berlin in 1929, Peter Lilienthal moved to Uruguay with his family in 1939 and only came back in Germany in 1956. He became member of the CineClub for which he directed his very first short feature. He studied painting, photography and cinema at the Hochschule fur Bildende Künste. He was the assistant of Heinz Hilpert, Gustav R. Selnner and Walter Henn. He then directs from 1959 around twenty films for television, before directing his first long feature « Malatesta » in 1969.