Berlin-based sales agency Picture Tree International has released the trailer for the docu-fiction “The Painter,” a collaboration between German director Oliver Hirschbiegel, best known for Oscar-nominated “Downfall,” and German artist Albert Oehlen.
The work stars Ben Becker, whose credits include “Brother of Sleep” and “Comedian Harmonists”, and features the voice of Charlotte Rampling. The film concludes post-production with PTI presenting the trailer at the Toronto Film Festival’s Hybrid Market.
The film depicts Oehlen grappling with a painting and pondering the meaning of his creation. Becker imitates the painter and recreates a painting that Oehlen himself creates step by step behind the camera, the actor improvising the process in front of the camera.
According to a statement, the film “follows the artist as he struggles and suffers through this process, with us watching in joyful desperation, wondering what might happen next, until the blank canvas turns into a finished painting ”.
The statement added: “” The Painter “is a constant flow of the artist’s journey with elements of farce and comedy topped with emotional moments of truth. […] leaving it up to us to decide what is real and / or genuine.
Mike Downey, executive producer of the film and president of the European Film Academy, added: “It’s also a conundrum about authorship, the art world, the audience and the market. He plays with a number of ideas that are not only deep about how the average man defines what art is – he also questions how far the role of artists is. author and to what extent the participants play this role.
Hirschbiegel and Oehlen are longtime friends and collaborators and both studied at the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Hamburg, “The Painter” being their first artistic collaboration in a long time.
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