27th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Licht – Stockhausen’s Legacy
director: Oeke Hoogendijk
original title: Licht
running time: 120 min.
synopsisKarlheinz Stockhausen was a German avant-garde composer, pioneer of electronic music, visionary, mégalomane and author of a seemingly unrealizable project. In 1977, he started to work on his opera project, Licht. It included seven opera pieces, hundreds of artists and four helicopters. He finished it 26 years later, only a few years before his death. The 29-hour long production was never realized in the composer’s lifetime. Only in 2019, this challenge was undertaken by the Dutch National Opera. The film is an adventurous chronicle of origins of one of history’s most magnanimous music productions, as well as an intimate portrait of Stockhausen himself.
“As an artist, I really got involved with his music much more than before I started. It’s not always that you can say ‘I like his music,’ but you can feel that there is such a large spirit behind it.” (Oeke Hoogendijk)
biographyThe Dutch filmmaker Oeke Hoogendijk (b. 1961) studied theatre directing in Utrecht. She gained international acclaim by her award-winning documentaries that frequently, and over many years, follow the realizations of challenging art projects, e.g. Het Nieuwe Rijksmuseum (2014), Mijn Rembrandt (2019) or The Treasures of Crimea (2021).
more about film
|producer:||Iris Lammertsma, Boudewijn Koole, Jantien Ekkes|
|sound:||Tim van Peppen|
|sound design:||Michel Schöpping|