Films

Beuys

Beuys

Synopsis

Director

Three decades after his death the one-of-a-kind German artist Joseph Beuys is without doubt perceived as a visionary who was ahead of his time. He was the first German artist to be given a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York whilst at home in Germany his work was often still derided as the „most expensive trash of all time“. Once asked if he was indifferent to such comments he retorted: „Yes. I want to expand people’s perceptions“.

Nowadays his perception often enough boils down to symbols of pop, to slogans: Beuys, the man with the hat, the felt and the ’fat corner’. Beuys, the German avant-gardist on par with Warhol and the likes.

Andres Veiel, once again proving his genius as documentary filmmaker, lets the artist speak for himself, thereby freeing him from the historic cage.

Beuys comes alive once again here: From previously unpublished audio and video footage Veiel creates an associative, porous portrait which, like the artist himself, opens up spaces for ideas rather than proclaiming statements. Beuys boxes, chats, lectures, explains art to a dead hare and asks: „Do you want to instigate a revolution without laughter?“

Christoph Gröner

Andres Veiel

(b. 1959, Stuttgart) studied psychology in Berlin, where he also attended seminars in directing at the arts centre „Künstlerhaus Bethanien“. One of his seminar tutors was Krzysztof Kieslowski. His 1993 film „Balagan“, caused a sensation and received numerous awards. His documentary „Black Box BRD“ (2001) won of the European Film Award for Best Documentary. „Die Spielwütigen“ is his fourth full-length documentary, was screened also at PÖFF programme in 2004. „Beuys“ is his seventh full-length film.

Filmography

  • Balagan (doc, 1993)
  • Die Überlebenden (doc 1996)
  • Black Box BRD (doc, 2001)
  • Die Spielwütigen (2003. Näitlemisele pühendunud, PÖFF 2004)
  • Der Kick (doc, 2006)
  • Wer wenn nicht wir (If Not Us, Who?, 2011)
  • Beuys (2017)

Schedule

24.11.2017
18:15 - 20:22
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 4
Subtitles: EST
Screening code: 081102
Guests (1)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Andres Veiel
01.12.2017
17:15 - 19:02
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 1
Subtitles: EST
Screening code: 151301
Sold out
02.12.2017
19:15 - 21:02
Tartu, 
Cinamon
Hall 4
Subtitles: EST
Screening code: 161802
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Goethe-Institut presents: New German Film
Doc@PÖFF

Film info

Country: Germany
Year: 2017
Duration: 107 minutes
Languages: German, English
Director: Andres Veiel
Producer: Thomas Kufus
Writer: Andres Veiel
DOP: Jörg Jeshel
Montage: Stephan Krumbiegel, Olaf Voigtländer
Composers: Ulrich Reuter, Damian Scholl
Production: zero one film
Festivals: Berlin, Hong Kong, Sydney, Jerusalem, ­Melbourne

Synopsis

Director

Three decades after his death the one-of-a-kind German artist Joseph Beuys is without doubt perceived as a visionary who was ahead of his time. He was the first German artist to be given a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York whilst at home in Germany his work was often still derided as the „most expensive trash of all time“. Once asked if he was indifferent to such comments he retorted: „Yes. I want to expand people’s perceptions“.

Nowadays his perception often enough boils down to symbols of pop, to slogans: Beuys, the man with the hat, the felt and the ’fat corner’. Beuys, the German avant-gardist on par with Warhol and the likes.

Andres Veiel, once again proving his genius as documentary filmmaker, lets the artist speak for himself, thereby freeing him from the historic cage.

Beuys comes alive once again here: From previously unpublished audio and video footage Veiel creates an associative, porous portrait which, like the artist himself, opens up spaces for ideas rather than proclaiming statements. Beuys boxes, chats, lectures, explains art to a dead hare and asks: „Do you want to instigate a revolution without laughter?“

Christoph Gröner

Andres Veiel

(b. 1959, Stuttgart) studied psychology in Berlin, where he also attended seminars in directing at the arts centre „Künstlerhaus Bethanien“. One of his seminar tutors was Krzysztof Kieslowski. His 1993 film „Balagan“, caused a sensation and received numerous awards. His documentary „Black Box BRD“ (2001) won of the European Film Award for Best Documentary. „Die Spielwütigen“ is his fourth full-length documentary, was screened also at PÖFF programme in 2004. „Beuys“ is his seventh full-length film.

Filmography

  • Balagan (doc, 1993)
  • Die Überlebenden (doc 1996)
  • Black Box BRD (doc, 2001)
  • Die Spielwütigen (2003. Näitlemisele pühendunud, PÖFF 2004)
  • Der Kick (doc, 2006)
  • Wer wenn nicht wir (If Not Us, Who?, 2011)
  • Beuys (2017)