Berlin-based Picture Tree International has acquired worldwide rights to docu-fiction “The Painter,” a collaboration between German director Oliver Hirschbiegel, greatest identified for Oscar-nominated “Downfall,” and German artist Albert Oehlen.
The work stars Ben Becker, whose credit embrace “Brother of Sleep” and “Comedian Harmonists,” and options the voice of Charlotte Rampling. The movie is finishing postproduction with PTI presenting a primary trailer in the course of the Toronto Film Festival’s hybrid market.
The movie depicts Oehlen combating a portray and pondering the which means of his creation. Becker impersonates the painter and re-creates a portray that Oehlen himself is creating step-by-step behind the digital camera, with the actor improvising the method in entrance of the digital camera.
According to an announcement, the movie “follows the artist as he is struggling and suffering along this process, with us watching in joyful despair, wondering what might happen next, until the white canvas has turned into a finished painting.”
The assertion 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 authentic.”
Mike Downey, government producer on the movie, and chairman of the European Film Academy, added: “It’s also an enigma about authorship, the art world, the public and the market. It plays with a number of ideas which are not only profound with respect to how the man in the street defines what is art – it also challenges to what extent the artists’ role is authorial, and to what extent the participants play this role.”
Hirschbiegel and Oehlen are long-time pals and collaborators and each studied on the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Hamburg, with “The Painter” being their first creative collaboration in a protracted whereas.
The music is contributed by an icon of the German digital music scene, singer-composer DJ Gudrun Gut. Gudrun was founding member of the band Malaria and the experimental undertaking “Matador” with Pepita Duursma and Beate Bartel, in addition to working the Music Project Ocean Club, which had common reveals within the legendary Berlin membership Tresor.
PTI’s autumn lineup additionally contains Toronto Industry Selects title “Domingo,” which is in ultimate negotiation for a North American deal, in addition to Zürich Film Festival gala premiere “Chasing the Line,” and grownup animation “Welcome to Siegheilkirchen.”