September 20, 2021

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Picture Tree Oliver Hirsbigel, Albert Ohlen’s ‘The Painter’

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Berlin-based Picture Tree International has acquired the worldwide rights to the documentary “The Painter” in collaboration with Oscar-nominated “Downfall” and German director Oliver Hirschbigel, best known for German artist Albert Ohlen.

The work starred Ben Baker, whose accomplishments include “Sleeping Brother” and the voices of “Comedian Harmonists” and Charlotte Rampling. PTI is completing post-production of the film by presenting the first trailer during the Toronto Film Festival’s Hybrid Market.

In the film, Ohlen struggles with a painting and thinks about the meaning of his creation. Baker disguises himself as a painter and recreates a painting that Ohlen himself is making step by step behind the camera, the actor improving the process in front of the camera.

According to a statement, the painting “follows the artist as he struggles and struggles during this process, we look with delighted frustration, wondering what might happen next, until the white canvas turns into a finished painting.”

The statement added: “‘The Painter’ is a constant stream of the artist’s journey topped with emotional elements of truth with elements of comedy and comedy. […] Leaving the real and / or authentic key to us. “

Mike Downey, the film’s executive producer and chairman of the European Film Academy, added: “It’s also a puzzle about authorship, the art world, the public and the market. It also challenges how authentic it is and how much participants play this role.

Hirschbiegel and Oehlen are longtime friends and collaborators and both studied at the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Hamburg, their first artistic collaboration in a long time.

The music is contributed by DJ Gudrun Gut, an icon of the German electronic music scene. Gudrun was a founding member of the Malaria Band and ran the experimental project “Matador” with Pepita Dursma and Beat Bartel, as well as the music project Ocean Club, which regularly performed at the legendary Berlin Club Tracer.

PTI’s autumn lineup includes the Toronto Industry Select title “Domingo”, which is in final negotiations for a North American deal, as well as the Zurich Film Festival gala premiere “Chasing the Line” and adult animation “Welcome to Seeg”.

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