Neo Rauch - Comrades and Companions
New Plymouth, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
Germany 2016 (Documentary)
Festivals (selection): DOK Leipzig 2016
Director: Nicola Graef
Concept: Nicola Graef
Cinematography: Felix Greif, Alexander Rott
Editor: Kai Minierski
Music: George Kochbeck, Lukas Kochbeck
With: Neo Rauch, Rosa Loy
Producers: Susanne Brand, Nicola Graef
Duration: 101 mins
Language: German with English subtitles
Neo Rauch is known worldwide to be one of the most successful German painters of his generation. His paintings fascinate by their enigmatic realism, the characters seem to have fallen out of time. They appear to be acting in a sleepwalk-like state. What the painter is presenting shifts between dream, fantasy and elusive reality, comprehensible and unconventional at the same time. The pictorial narrative is never explicit or clear – but nevertheless it leaves the beholder spellbound.
The film focuses on Neo Rauch himself. For the first time in years he talks in front of the camera about his approach to art, his universe of images and his personal past, which was deeply affected by the early loss of his parents. Director Nicola Graef shows the artist at work in his studio, observes critical dialogues with his artist wife Rosa Loy and discusses with international collectors, gallery owners and art lovers the phenomenon that is Neo Rauch.
Text: Weltkino Filmverleih GmbH