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PETER HANDKE - IN THE WOODS, MIGHT BE LATE (PETER HANDKE - BIN IM WALD. KANN SEIN, DASS ICH MICH VERSPÄTE...)

PETER HANDKE - IN THE WOODS, MIGHT BE LATE
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A film about words and about a luminary of modern literature: about Peter Handke, with Peter Handke. In her new documentary, filmmaker Corinna Belz explores the enigma that is Peter Handke. His book titles read like the tunes on a jukebox, like the watchwords of several successive generations of readers: Offending the Audience, The Goalkeeper’s Fear of the Penalty, A Sorrow Beyond Dreams, Short Letter, Long Farewell, and The Weight of the World. In the 60s, Peter Handke showed how to walk the walk of the author-cum-popstar. Yet the moment he made the bestseller lists, he turned his back on all that. He went traveling, taking his readers along with him, into the rhythm and precision of his language, the long, pulsating sentences, the invention and examination of reality. The film shows Mr. Handke as a young man and in his daily life today, always devoted to language, posing the burning questions: Where are we now? And, to quote one of his early films: How to live?


Corinna Belz studied Philosophy, Art History and Media Sciences in Cologne, Zurich and Berlin. She has written, directed and produced numerous TV and feature films, including: LIFE AFTER MICROSOFT (2001), OTHER AMERICAN VOICES (2002) and DREI WÜNSCHE (2005). Her first film about Gerhard Richter’s work, DAS KÖLNER DOMFENSTER (2007), won the World Media Gold Award – Art Documentaries. Her feature documentary, GERHARD RICHTER PAINTING (2011), won the German Film Award. An enthusiastic international reception included appearences in 68 US cities, with a nine week run at the Film Forum, NYC.
Genre Biopic
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2016
Director Corinna Belz
Cinematography Nina Wesemann, Axel Schneppat, Piotr Rosolowski
Producer Thomas Kufus
Production Company zero one film
Length 89 min
Format DCP, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
 German, French
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Locarno 2016, Viennale 2016, Jihlava 2016
Awards Bavarian Film Prize 2017 (Best Editing: Stephan Krumbiegel)
German Distributor Piffl Medien/Berlin

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