THE PAINTER follows the artist/actor as he is struggling and suffering along this process with us watching in joyful despair and what might happen next until the white canvas has turned into a finished painting. The outcome is a one-man rollercoaster that appears to be a documentary but in fact is a staged and guided improvisation with the ‘real’ process happening behind the camera. THE PAINTER is a constant flow of the artist’s journey with elements of farce and comedy topped with emotional moments of truth….in front of and behind the camera and leaving it up to us to decide what is real and/or authentic.

Being one of the most significant, contemporary painters, Albert Oehlen’s approach is complete refusal of the common art circus. In its own way the Film reflects this very stance. Likewise, it questions the purpose of obsolete thinking patterns created by white straight male artists of a certain age that have dominated the art world for centuries.

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"The most resourceful abstract painter alive"
THE NEW YORKER (regarding Albert Oehlen)
Original Title Der Maler
Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel
Starring Ben Becker, Cornelius Tittel, Gudrun Gut, Voice Over by Charlotte Rampling
Genre Docufiction
Running time 94 min
Language German
Nationality Germany
Scriptwriter Ben Becker, Albert Oehlen
Cinematographer Philip Bienmüller, Severin Bärenbold, Dominik Frey, Timna Gibson, Alexander Kruse, John-Philip Kuhn, Michail Zeldin
Produced by Oliver Hirschbiegel, Albert Oehlen
Local Release 2023 - March 16
Film Status Completed

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