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Beuys

Andres Veiel
Germany 2017 / 107’
Apocalypse Child Cemetery of Splendour

Andres Veiel, director of the acclaimed If Not Us, Who? is back with a film about one of the most important German artists of the 20th century. In a documentary that premiered at this year's Berlinale, we meet the figure of German artist Joseph Beuys from the perspective of several of his closest friends and associates. However, the strongest point of Veiel's work are not his interviews, but the extensive archival material that shows both Beyus's creative work and his appearances in the media. From these varying perspectives emerges a surprisingly coherent image of the protagonist, who-always with a hat on his head-is capable of pontificating with a certain swagger on just about any subject. Beyus's main interest is in the political and social power of art that cannot be separated from its surrounding reality. Veiel's film proves convincingly that, despite the 30 years that have passed since the death of its subject, his views are not dated in the slightest.

Piotr Czerkawski

Andres Veiel

Born in Stuttgart in 1959, Andres Veiel is a German film and theater director. He studied Psychology at the Free University of Berlin. He also attended classes in Direction at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien art center, where Krzysztof Kieślowski was one of his lecturers. Since 1994, he has made a number of acclaimed documentaries. His feature debut If Not Us, Who? won an Alfred Bauer Award at the Berlinale in 2011.

Selected filmography

1996 Die Überlebenden/ The Survivors (doc.)

2004 Aktorski nałóg / Addicted to Acting/ Die Spielwütigen/(doc)

2006 Der Kick

2011 Jeśli nie my, to kto / If Not Us, Who? / Wer wenn nicht wir

2017 Beuys

Cast & Crew

director Andres Veiel
screenplay Andres Veiel
cinematography Jörg Jeshel
editing Stephan Krumbiegel, Olaf Voigtländer
music Ulrich Reuter, Damian Scholl
cast Joseph Beuys, Caroline Tisdall, Rhea Thönges-Stringaris
producer Thomas Kufus
production Zero One Film
Polish distributor Against Gravity
language German, English
colouration colour & b&w