Germany, 2017, 107 min., Director: Andres Veiel, World Sales: Beta Cinema GmbH
- Golden Bear nomination (Berlin 2017)
- Golden Duke nomination (Odessa 2017)
- Politiken’s Audience Award nomination (Copenhagen CPH:DOX 2017)
Another world, mostly in rough black and white esthetics, far away from pictures in high resolution, captivates the viewer with the vividness of its protagonist: Joseph Beuys enters the stage of this documentary. With hat, of course. And even though the pictures tell stories of another time, Beuys proves to be one of the most remarkable and visionary German artists and still seems – today, 31 years after his death – as ahead of our time as he was before. “Money shouldn’t be a commodity,” he tried to explain, knowing that money trade would undermine democracy.
The film hardly needs any modern footage or comments. Compiled of countless photographs and television excerpts, we witness Beuys’ peculiar approach to challenging and provoking the mindset of society. With his Fettecke (lit. Fat Corner) abstract art installation, some felt, occasional Fluxus performances and general challenging of conventions, Beuys takes his place as the first real late-sixties media-artist alongside Andy Warhol.