Wed. Feb. 14, 2018 8:00 PM
Goethe-Institut, San Francisco
Northern California Premiere
107 min. Germany (2017). BD. German w/ English subtitles.
Director: Andres Veiel
With: Joseph Beuys (Archival Footage), Caroline Tisdall, Rhea Thönges-Stringaris
Writer: Andres Veiel
Cinematography: Jörg Jeshel
Editors: Stephan Krumbiegel, Olaf Voigtländer
US Distributor: Kino Lorber
Official Selection (In Competition) at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival.
An intimate look at a visionary artist, seen through a congenial montage of archival sources he appeares more relevant than ever before. Joseph Beuys, the man with a hat, the felt, and the “fat corner”. Thirty years after his death he still seems to be a visionary, way ahead of his time. Back then he was trying to patiently explain how “money shouldn't be a commodity.” He knew that money trade would undermine democracy. But there is more. Beuys boxes, parleys, lectures and explains pictures to a dead hare. He asks with a grin: “Do You Want a Revolution Without Laughter?“ His expanded concept of art leads him smack in the middle of socially relevant discourse, even today. A congenial montage of countless, previously untapped visual and audio sources, director Andreas Veiel and his team created a one-of-a-kind chronicle: Beuys is not a portrait in the common sense but an intimate look at a human being, his art and his world of ideas.