Backstage of the Uffizi Gallery built in 1561, one of the oldest museums in the world every task becomes a ritual. We meet the passionate staff of German director Eike Schmidt, his assistants, architects, custodians and the concierge. We witness sensitive negotiations with British artist Antony Gormley over the placement of one of his sculptures. Different mentalities and viewpoints collide - European cooperation “en miniature”.  Meanwhile the film invites us to immerse ourselves into the works of Botticelli and Artemisia Gentileschi, discovers the 17th century painting ‘Fall of the Rebel Angels’ that confront us with our contemporary vulnerability and hubris. Wartime scenes and a Mafia bomb attack show the history of threats and the endless efforts to protect and maintain this unique collection for future generations.

Category Documentary
Original title In den Uffizien
Director Corinna Belz & Enrique Sánchez Lansch
Production zero one film
Country Germany
Format HD, DCP
Runtime 96 min
Year 2021
Broadcaster ZDF/3sat
Language Italian, English, German
Subtitles English, German, Italian, Spanish
Genre Arts & Culture, Biography, History & Archive Footage


  • DOK.fest München, DOK.panorama, Germany (2021) - World Premiere
  • Shanghai International Film Festival, SPECTRUM: SIFF RHAPSODY, China (2021) - International Premiere
  • The Art Newspaper Russia Film Festival, Russia (2021)
  • Artecinema, Italy (2021)
  • Film Festival Cologne, Germany (2021)
  • Beirut Art Film Festival (2021)
  • Gijón international Film Festival, Esbilla Section, Spain (2021)
  • Kinofest Lünen, Germany (2021)
  • Chiayi International Art Film Festival Taiwan (2022)
  • EPOS – The International Art Film Festival Israel (2022)
  • Master of Art Film Festival, Bulgaria (2022)
  • Millennium Docs Against Gravity, competition section for the best film on art, Poland (2022)
  • Resene Architecture + Design Film Festival, New Zealand (2022)
  • Painting with Light: Festival of International Films on Art, Singapore (2022)
  • International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, International Section, India (2022)
  • AFI European Union Film Showcase USA (2022)
  • ARCA International Film Festival, Competition, Uruguay (2023)

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  • Theatrical Release Germany via Piffl November 25, 2021
  • "Directed by award-winning German film-maker Corinna Belz (“Gerhard Richter Painting”) together with Enrique Sánchez Lansch, the film takes us behind the scenes of the world’s second oldest art museum, the Uffizi in Florence, Italy, pausing to allow us to take in masterworks by Renaissance giants like Caravaggio, Botticelli, Titian and Gentileschi, with some lavish camera work lingering in mouth-watering detail in what is a very special place for art lovers."
    - Douglas Wilson, Variety
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