Gerhard Richter, one of the internationally most significant contemporary artists of our times, granted filmmaker Corinna Belz access to his studio in the spring and summer of 2009 where he was working on a series of large abstract paintings. GERHARD RICHTER PAINTING offers us rare insights into the artist’s work. In quiet, highly concentrated images, the film gives us a fly-on-the-wall perspective of a very personal, tension-filled process of artistic creation. We see Richter painting. We see him observe and dialogue with his paintings. We see him contemplate, wait, reject, rework and sometimes destroy only to begin anew.
In her intelligent and perceptive film, Corinna Belz brings us closer to the complex processes of artistic creation. Our perceptions expand. The paintings themselves become the protagonists. GERHARD RICHTER PAINTING is the penetrating portrait of an artist at work – and a fascinating film about the art of seeing.
GERHARD RICHTER PAINTING
written and directed by CORINNA BELZ • editor STEPHAN KRUMBIEGEL • director of photography JOHANN FEINDT (BVK), FRANK KRANSTEDT, DIETER STÜRMER • sound GERRIT LUCAS SVEN, PHIL LENTZEN, ANDREAS HILDEBRANDT • sound design DOMINIK SCHLEIER • sound mix MARTIN STEYER • line producer TASSILO ASCHAUER • editorial department SABINE ROLLBERG, JUTTA KRUG, KATJA WILDERMUTH • co-producers CHRISTOPH FRIEDEL, CLAUDIA STEFFEN • producer THOMAS KUFUS • a ZERO ONE FILM production in co-production with TERZ FILM, WDR, MDR in cooperation with ARTE • production supported by MEDIA, FILMSTIFTUNG NRW, BKM and DFFF
distributed by PIFFL MEDIEN • distribution with the support of FILMSTIFTUNG NRW and BKM
Germany 2011, 97 minutes, 25 fps, 1:1:1,85, Dolby Digital