Staging Death

Staging Death – Still Experimental short
Germany, 2022, 8 min.

Language: English/German with English subtitles
Director/producer: Jan Soldat
Cast: Udo Kier
Festivals: Cannes 2022 (Director’s Fortnight), Guanajuato 2022, Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival 2022, Indiecork 2022, Viennale 2022, exground Wiesbaden 2022

Udo Kier dies his way through film history. He screams, falls, lies, is cut into pieces, is shot, and commits suicide. Again and again, his empty gaze; again and again, his rigid body. In 54 years as an actor, Udo Kier appeared in more than 170 feature films, 120 series episodes, and 50 short films, and he tried to give an expression to dying and death more than 70 times. In Staging Death, these representations of death merge into a montage of the most diverse shots, film formats, special effects, and sound designs.

“Directors are now thinking increasingly strained about what new ways they can kill me. […] At some point, somebody would have to make a montage of all my film deaths.” (Udo Kier, Subway Magazine #145, December 1999)

Presented with Nicolette Krebitz’s AEIOU: A Quick Alphabet of Love