Julian Rosefeldt - American Night
by Heinz Peter Schwerfel, Germany 2009, 52'

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY: Heinz Peter Schwerfel   EDITING: Philippe La Bruyère
PHOTOGRAPHY: Marcel Neumann   PRODUCTION: Artcore Film in coproduzione con WDR/3sat
SOUND: Jacek Krupa    

Schermo dell'Arte - Archivio Film Presented at The Screen of the Arts 2009

Julian Rosefeldt (Munich, 1965), who lives near Prenzlauer Berg in Berlin, is Germany’s most succesful media artist. His visually powerful films without dialogues but of elaborate staging, holding a fine balance between a laconic sense of humour and a moral wholeheartedness, are presented in large-scale installations. Aside from his own artistic work he regularly designs videos for Thomas Ostermaier’s stage pieces at the Berlin Schaubühne. German film director Tom Tykwer chose Rosefeldt’s installations as background decoration for the Hollywood production The International, premiered at the Berlinale 2009. Heinz Peter Schwerfel’s film is a portrait of the German artist interviewed in his studio and during the making of American Night, filmed in southern Spain and the Canary Islands and co-produced by Kunstmuseum Bonn, which honored the artist with an extensive retrospective in 2009.

Heinz Peter Schwerfel
Writer, journalist, filmmaker, born 1954 in Cologne. Founder of the KunstFilmBiennale, an international film festival for art films and film art. Lives in Paris and Cologne.

Selected Filmography
1994 Jannis Kounellis - Frammenti di un diario; 1997 Bruce Nauman - Make Me Think; Jochen Gerz - YOUR ART; 2000 Utopia or The Art of Survival; 2001 Freischwinger - Portrait Jürgen Klauke; 2001 Rasender Stillstand - The theater of Christoph Marthaler; 2002 What about style - Alex Katz, a painter’s painter; 2003 Hotel Nooteboom; 2004 The Flick Collection; 2004 Baselitz; 2005 Matisse; 2007 Barrocco; 2008 Berlin - poor but sexy; 2009 Julian Rosefeldt - Amerikanische Nacht; 2009-2010 The Possible Lives of Christian Boltanski.


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