Biopic about the most important post-war German artist.
Artist, shaman, trickster, political activist, theorist, practician, madman, charlatan—who really was Joseph Beuys? This question is too simple for the complex project Beuys turned his life into. And too serious, for that matter. Beuys used to say, 'A revolution cannot be done without a smile'. He talked about art and politics with equal enthusiasm. Andres Veiel’s film shows Beuys in all of his guises and lets the artist speak for himself: though interviews, political speeches, artistic actions, and everyday talks. Beuys poses radical political, cultural and existential questions that require an answer even today, thirty years later. Beuys is the first ever documentary about an artist which took part in the competition program of the ‘A’ category festival as well as the first German documentary at the Berlinale competition, all thanks to its unique work with a huge bulk of archive materials.
Participant of the competition program of the Berlin Film Festival–2017
Participant of the CPH:DOX Film Festival–2017
Participant of the Sheffield Doc Film Festival–2017
Andres Veiel, Germany, 2017, 107 min.