Beyond the Visible - Hilma af Klint
Dir. Halina Dyrschka / Germany / 2019 / 93’ / Polish premiere
Director: Halina Dyrschka
Cinematography: Alicja Pahl, Luana Knipfer
Editing: Antje Lass, Mario Orias
Sound: Niklas Kammertöns
Music: Damian Scholl
Producers: Eva Illmer, Halina Dyrschka
Production: Ambrosia Film GmbH
World sales: mindjazz pictures
Language: English, German, Swedish
The art world is confronted with a sensational discovery – a hundred years too late! How could it happen that an artist who discovered abstract painting at the beginning of the 20th century remained largely unnoticed? Hilma af Klint’s first abstract painting is dated 1906, four years before that of Vassily Kandinsky. Why was she ignored?
This is the first film about her life and work. It investigates the role accorded to women in art history and asks why Hilma af Klint was scandalously denied the status of a pioneer of modern art. And how this recognition is now finally taking place. Today, her exhibitions attract millions of people worldwide. The cinematic approach of her paintings reveals an artist who is seeking for meaning in life beyond the visible. Hilma af Klint’s clairvoyant work developed a unique visual world and more than 25,000 pages of notes reveal a boundless thinking that led into an outstanding oeuvre. Her timeless paintings cross all conventional borders and resonate with our innermost feelings today.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
Göteborg International Filmfestival, CPH:DOX, Hot Docs, DocAviv, Vancouver International Film Festival, Feministiska Filmfestival Stockholm, Nordische Filmtage Lübeck, Docpoint - Helsinki Documentary Film Festival, Filmfest Wismar, Milwaukee International Film Festival
Halina Dyrschka was born in 1975 in Berlin, Germany. She studied acting, classical singing and film production (MA) at the Westphalian Drama School in Bochum. Her diploma short film “9einhalbs Abschied” (2009) was her directorial debut. She founded the production company Ambrosia Film, where she produced her films “9einhalbs Abschied” (2009) and “Opera Buffa” (2011), among others. She researched Hilma af Klint for five years, and - as a result - directed and produced her first film about the pioneer of abstraction. Her feature documentary film debut “Beyond the Visible - Hilma af Klint” premiered at the Leipzig Film Art Fair in 2019 and was awarded the Audience Award.