Monarchs & Men
by Jan Peter Hammer, 2012, 25'
SCREENPLAY: basata su Monarchs & Men di Maximilian Harden   PHOTOGRAPHY: David Daniel, Lukasz Pruchnik
  SOUND DESIGN: Christan Schossig
FILM ADAPTATION: Ana Teixeira Pinto e Jan Peter Hammer   CO-PRODUCED BY: Nomas Foundation, Roma
STARRING: John Quincy Long, Sarita Choudhury, Felix Ensslin, Cristian Serritiello, Daniel Hendrickson    

Schermo dell'Arte - Archivio Film Presented at Lo schermo dell'arte 2012

We follow the character Arthur Ashenking, protagonist of the film The Anarchist Banker (2010), in an adaptation of the imaginary dialogue between Count Leon Tolstoj and John Davison Rockefeller published in 1913 by German writer Maximilian Harden. Hammer revisits the opposed visions incarnated in the original text by the Russian writer and the American magnate in a modern key, transposing them into a stratified conversation at the opening of a contemporary art show.
While the speeches of modernized Rockefeller and Tolstoj link multiple views, free-market proponents and left-wing intelligentsia, the others are inspired by ideas and statements by female artists and art critics, such as Martha Rosler, Tracey Emin and Jennifer Allen.

Jan Peter Hammer
Was born in Kirchheim-Teck, Germany. In 2003 he graduated in Fine Arts at Hunter College, New York. In 2004, he moved back to Berlin, where he lives and works. He has exhibited his projects in the USA and in Europe. His films were featured at ‘Cultures of Economics’ Bundeskulturstiftung in collaboration with the University Munich, 25FPS International Festival of Experimental Film and Video Zagreb, Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival Florence, DOK Leipzig International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, International Film Festival Rotterdam and DOC - Aviv Film Festival, Tel Aviv.

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