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Neo Rauch is worldwide one of the most successful German painters of his generation. His paintings fascinate by their enigmatic realism, the characters seem to have fallen out of time. They appear to be acting in a sleepwalk-like state. What the painter is presenting changes between dream, fantasy and elusive reality, comprehensible and unconventional at the same time. The pictorial narrative is never explicit or clear – but nevertheless it leaves the beholder spellbound.

The film is focusing on Neo Rauch himself: For the first time in years he talks in front of the camera about his approach to art, about his universe of images and about his personal past, deeply affected by the early loss of his parents. Director Nicola Graef shows the artist at work in his studio, observes critical dialogs with his artist wife Rosa Loy and discusses with international collectors, gallery owners and art lovers the phenomenon Neo Rauch.

With: Neo Rauch, Rosa Loy, Judy Lybke, David Zwirner, Mera and John Rubell, Kim Chang-il

Category Documentary
Original title Neo Rauch – Gefährten und Begleiter
Director Nicola Graef
Production Lonamedia
Country Germany
Format HD, DCP
Runtime 105 min
Year 2016
Language German
Subtitles English
Genre Arts & Culture, Biography


  • DOK Leipzig, German Competition, Germany (2016)

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