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25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Peter Handke - In the Woods, Might Be Late

Peter Handke - In the Woods, Might Be Late

director: Corinna Belz
original title: Peter Handke – Bin im Wald. Kann sein, dass ich mich verspäte...
country: Germany
year: 2016
running time: 89 min.

synopsis

This documentary portrait explores the life and works of the Austrian author Peter Handke (1942). Through interviews, quotes, and archive materials Corrina Belz takes a look at the life and thoughts of this famous artist. She has created an empathic and inspirational film about the perception of reality and how it is transformed into a work of art, initiating questions about how one should live.

biography

Corinna Belz (1955) is a German documentarian, scriptwriter, and children’s book author. She achieved fame with her documentary portrait Gerhard Richter Painting (2011), which received the German Film Award in 2012.

more about film

director: Corinna Belz
producer: Thomas Kufus
photography: Nina Wesemann, Axel Schneppat
editing: Stefan Krumbiegel, Piotr Rosolowski
sound: Andreas Hildebrandt

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