Biography Dox


Andres Veiel
Screening time  
26.02. / Monday, 21:00 - 23:00 Theatre 1  
Documentary is portraying the life of the conceptual artist, activist, revolutionary, one of the most controversial artists and greatest visionaries of his time, Joseph Beuys.

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. 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 From previously unpublished audio and video footage Veiel creates an associative, porous portrait which, like the artist himself, opens up spaces for ideas rather than proclaiming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. 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.


Andres Veiel

Andres Veiel is born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1959. Whilst taking a degree in psychology he also studied directing and dramaturgy at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin under Krzysztof Kieślowski. He directed his first documentary A Winternight's Dream in 1992, followed by Balagan (1994) and Black Box BRD (2002, winner of German Film Award and European Film Award). The Kick (2006) won the Grand Prix Cinéma du Réel. His feature film debut If Not Us, Who premiered in the Berlinale in 2011 and won the Alfred Bauer Prize.

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2017, 107'

Directed by:
Andres Veiel

Screenplay by:
Andres Veiel

Jörg Jeshel

Edited by:
Stephan Krumbiegel, Olaf Voigtländer

Ulrich Reuter, Damian Scholl

Thomas Kufus, Claudia Steffen, Christoph Friedel, Martina Zöllner, Simone Reuter, Christiane Hinz

Produced by:
Terz Filmproduktion Köln, SWR Baden-Baden, WDR Köln, Arte

Festivals & Awards:

Berlin International Film Festival 2017; Guild of German Art House Cinemas 2017 – Best Documentary; CPH:DOX 2017; Odessa International Film Festival 2017; Melbourne International Film Festival 2017; New Zealand International Film Festival 2017; Vukovar Film Festival 2017