a film by Andres Veiel


Germany | 2017 | 107:00 min

Formal Categories

Biography / Portrait Arts

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Joseph Beuys, the man with the hat, the felt and the ‘fat corner’. Thirty years after his death he feels like a visionary who was, and still is, ahead of his time. He was the first German artist to be given a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York whilst at home in Germany his work was often still derided as the ‘most expensive trash of all time’. Once asked if he was indifferent to such comments he retorted: ‘Yes. I want to expand people’s perceptions.’
Andres Veiel lets the artist speak for himself. From previously unpublished audio and video footage Veiel creates an associative, porous portrait which, like the artist himself, opens up spaces for ideas rather than proclaiming statements. Beuys boxes, chats, lectures, explains art to a dead hare and asks: ‘Do you want to instigate a revolution without laughter?’ But we also experience the man, the teacher and the Green Party candidate. Once, shortly before his death, he consents to being photographed without his hat. Veiel’s film makes visible the contradictions and tensions which gave rise to Beuys’ Gesamtkunstwerk. Beuys’ expanded concept of art feeds directly into today’s social, political and moral debates. (68th BERLINALE)
among others
67th BERLINALE - Competition, Worldpremiere
Seal of Approval ’highly recommended’
filmplus Festivals Cologne
IDFA - Masters
Gilde Award 2017 - Best Documentary in German Cinemas
LOLA@BERLINALE, nominated for German Film Award Best Score
German Film Award LOLA - Best Documentary
German Film Award LOLA - Best Editing for Stephan Krumbiegel & Olaf Voigtländer
German Documentary Film Music Award
33rd DOK.fest Munich
Cast and Crew
  • Director Andres Veiel
  • Producer Thomas Kufus
  • Editor Stephan Krumbiegel, Olaf Voigtländer
  • Sound Design Matthias Lempert
  • Score Ulrich Reuter, Damian Scholl
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