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God's Craftsmen (Handwerker Gottes, Die)

God's Craftsmen
Graphic from "God's Craftsmen" (photo © Thomas von Kummant/Die Artillerie)

God’s Craftsmen tells the story of the wandering painters Bruno and Buffalmacco. In Upper Bavaria in the year 1830, they are commissioned to paint the fresco Jesus Heals the Blind – but the two are mainly just enjoying life. However, the greedy prior, who cares more for his dog Mariedl and his money than anything else, keeps hounding them.

One day they meet the beautiful Agnes – the personification of all their dreams and desires. But she is the wife of a jealous farmer. And then there is Xaver, another one of Agnes’ admirers who even asks the painters to help him in his efforts to win her over.

Bruno and Buffalmacco develop a plan. But will they be successful? Without luck even some of the best plans are doomed to failure. But since luck rules the world, sometimes even a little bit of luck is better than a whole lot of wit.

God’s Craftsmen is an adaptation of of a novella from G. Boccaccio’s Il Decamerone. Beyond that, the film is indebted to the images and spirit of Wilhelm Busch and Carl Spitzweg and follows in the tradition of folkloric tales and ballads.


Siegmar Warnecke was born in 1971 in Bonn. After studying Art History, German Studies and Philosophy in Frankfurt, he enrolled at the University of Television & Film in Munich to study Directing. He is also active as a storyboard artist and is a lecturer at the University of Television & Film in Munich. His other films as a director include: the shorts Die Ruhe auf der Flucht (1997), Die laengste Koksline der Welt (1998), Nacht ueber Edensloh (2001), Die Windsbraut (2004), Eine zweite Chance (2006), and Denn die Revolution findet woanders statt (2005).
Genre Art, Comedy, History
Category Short
Year of Production 2008
Director Siegmar Warnecke
Screenplay Siegmar Warnecke
Cinematography Bjoern Kurt
Siegmar Warnecke
Patrick Buttmann
Oliver Hoese
Cast Tim Seyfi, Roland von Kummant, Christian Steinfelder, Malah Helman, Robert Spitz, Stefan Rutz, Maurice Schoenen, Ottfried Fischer
Producer Martin Blankemeyer
Production Company Münchner Filmwerkstatt/Munich, in co-production with Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (HFF/M)
Length 38 min
Format 16 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, Italian
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Foerderverein der HFF Muenchen

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