Film Info: Dem Deutschen Volke

Wrapped Reichstag, The (Dem Deutschen Volke)

Wrapped Reichstag, The

The wrapping of the Reichstag in 1995 marked the phenonemal ending for an artistic project which had hovered in the utopian world of the possible and impossible for more than two decades.
More than five million visitors, a once in a-lifetime event for Berlin, convincing proof of what art can still achieve today: visionary thinking as a gigantic, quickly transitory manifestation, art as a public festival, a media spectacle, the catalyst for a rare passionate political and aesthetic debate.
The most dramatic and moving moments, the foolhardiness of the enterprise, the joy reflected in the eyes of the artists and the visitors. The film shows art as being a spectacle born of the archaic and of timeless beauty and fascination.

Joerg Daniel Hissen was born in Heidelberg in 1964 and studied Visual Communication at the College of Fine Arts in Hamburg. Since 1988 he has directed several documentaries for television, including Ganga Mai, India (1988) and the 1991 and 1996 Christo and Jeanne-Claude films with brother Wolfram.

Wolfgang Hissen was born in Cologne in 1961 and settled in Paris in 1983 as a foreign correspondent for RTL. Since 1984, he has made numerous documentaries and shorts. His films include Wrapped Pont Neuf (1985), Uptown, Downtown New York (1990), Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Umbrellas (1991), The Re-opening of the Guggenheim Museum (1992), and Wrapped Reichstag (1996).
Category Documentary
Directors Joerg Daniel Hissen, Wolfgang Hissen
Screenplay Joerg Daniel Hissen, Wolfgang Hissen
Cinematography Jörg Widmer, Albert Maysles, Eric Tupin
Dirk Grau, Gotz Filenius
Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Les Ton Tons, Jammin Unit And Walker
Cast Jeanne-Claude Christo
Producers Joerg Daniel Hissen, Wolfgang Hissen
Production Company Estwest/Cologne, in co-production with ZDF/Mainz, ARTE/Strasbourg, Ex Nihilo/Paris
Length 98 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Versions German, English, French
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Chicago 96, Sao Paulo 96, Paris 96: Biennale des Films sur l'Art, Marseille 97
With backing from Centre National de la Cinématographie, Paris, Plan d'action 16:9 de l'Union Européenne
German Distributor Ventura Film/Berlin

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