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Friday, June 29, 2012

A Swabian in Berlin: Andres Veiel

Born in Stuttgart in 1957,  Andres Veiel left Swabia for Berlin. Did he keep to his Swabian universe (dialect and stuff, plus the industrious type, and so on), or did he pass to the  Berliner ways of big heart and bigger mouth? Let's consider his artistic output, to see the thing. Parallel to his studies in psychology in the 1980s, he completed an extracurricular program in film and theater direction at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien under the tutelage of Polish director Krzysztof Kiewlowski. His cinema debut Winternachtstraum (1992) was followed in 1994 by the prize-winning documentary Balagan, in which he features the Judeo-Palestinian theater group Akko. In his very personal film Die Überlebenden (The Survivors, 1996), he explores the stories of three classmates who committed suicide. In Black Box BRD (2001), he compares the CV's of the RAF militant Wolfgang Grams and victim of RAF, banker Alfred Herrhausen. In 2004 Veiel completed Die Spielwütigen (Addicted to Acting), his long-term documentary observation of for actors from the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Art in Berlin. His theater piece Der Kick about a brutal torture-murder in the Brandenburg village of Potzlow, performed in the Maxim Gorki Theater of Berlin and Theater Basel. In 2006 Der Kick was also turned into a film. And in 2011 Andres Veiel made his first long feature, Wie Wenn Nicht Wir? (If Not Us, Who?)  - which I watched two weeks ago (by the way).

Andres Veiel on Deutsche Welle
(video by deutschewelleenglish)

Andres Veiel on documentary
(video by cinefilsmagazine)

(German and Nordic Cinema)



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