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BEUYS
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Beuys, the man with a hat, some felt, and the Fettecke. Thirty years after his death he still seems to be a visionary, way ahead of his time. Back then he was trying to patently explain how "money shouldn't be a commodity." He knew that money trade would undermine democracy. But there's more. Beuys boxes, parleys, lectures, and explains pictures to a dead hare. He asks with a grin: "Do You Want a Revolution Without Laughter?" His expanded concept of art leads him smack in the middle of socially relevant discourse, even today.

A congenial montage of countless, previously untapped visual and audio sources, director Andres Veiel and his team created a one-of-a-kind chronicle: BEUYS is not a portrait in the common sense but an intimate look at a human being, his art, and his world of ideas.


Andres Veiel was born in 1959 in Stuttgart and studied Psychology in Berlin. After attending seminars in Directing and Dramaturgy at the Artist House Bethanien in Berlin, he has been active writing film and theater scripts and lectures at the Free University in Berlin. His films include: A WINTERNIGHT'S DREAM ( doc, 1992), BALAGAN (doc, 1993) winner of the IFFS Main Prize and the German Film Award in Silver, THE SURVIVORS (doc, 1996) winner of the Main Prize at DOK.fest München and the Adolf Grimme Award in 1998, the highly-acclaimed BLACK BOX GERMANY (2001) which received the German Film Award for Best Documentary in 2002 and the European Film Award, DIE SPIELWÜTIGEN (2004), THE KICK (2006) which won the Grand Prix Cinema du Réel, the feature IF NOT US, WHO (2011) which screened in Competition in Berlin, and his latest documentary BEUYS (2017).
Genre Biopic
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2017
Director Andres Veiel
Cinematography Jörg Jeshel
Producer Thomas Kufus
Co-Producer Christoph Friedel
Production Company zero one film, in co-production with TERZ Film/Cologne, SWR, ARTE, WDR
Length 107 min
Format DCP, 1:1.78
Original Version
 German, English
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital 5.1
Festivals Berlinale 2017 (In Competition), Hong Kong 2017, CPH:DOX 2017, BAFICI 2017, Istanbul 2017, Ankara 2017, Sheffield DocFest 2017, Sydney 2017, Jerusalem 2017, Odesa 2017, Melbourne 2017, Wroclaw 2017, Vancouver 2017, Rio de Janeiro 2017, Gent 2017, IDFA 2017, Love & Anarchy Helsinki 2017, Leeds 2017, Cork 2017, Black Nights Tallinn 2017, Zagreb Dox 2018, La Rochelle 2019
Awards Bavarian Film Prize 2017 (Best Editing: Stephan Krumbiegel), German Film Award 2018 (Best Documentary, Best Editing)
With backing from German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund, BKM, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, MEDIA, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
German Distributor Piffl Medien/Berlin

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