BEUYS

Documentary

Germany 2017 / 107 min. 

Written and directed by Andres Veiel
Editing: Stephan Krumbiegel, Olaf Voigtländer
Archive und Research: Monika Preischl
Sound: Hubertus Müll

Sound Design: Matthias Lempert
Music: Ulrich Reuter, Damian Scholl
Photography: Jörg Jeshel
Animation: Jutojo/Toby Cornish
Production: Thomas Kufus

A zero one film production in coproduktion with Terz Filmproduktion, SWR/ARTE, WDR 

Funded by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FFA, BKM, MEDIA, DFFF

 

Distribution (Germany): Piffl Medien

Int. Sales: Beta Cinema

World Premiere: International Competition Berlinale 2017

 

 

Joseph Beuys, the man with the hat, the felt and the ‘fat corner’. Thirty years after his death he feels like a visionary who was, and still is, 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.’
Andres Veiel lets the artist speak for himself. From previously unpublished audio and video footage Veiel creates an associative, porous portrait which, like the artist himself, opens up spaces for ideas rather than proclaiming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?’ But we also experience the man, the teacher and the Green Party candidate. Once, shortly before his death, he consents to being photographed without his hat. Veiel’s film makes visible the contradictions and tensions which gave rise to Beuys’ Gesamtkunstwerk. Beuys’ expanded concept of art feeds directly into today’s social, political and moral debates.



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