Outstanding Filmmakers Cooperative
in the Middle of Europe

The Storyteller. After Walter Benjamin

Germany, 2016, 2:39, color&B/W, 62 min
LANGUAGE: English, German, Hindi, Turkish, Russian
SUBTITLES: English, French, Italian, German, Russian, Spanish (Versions with W.Benjamin‘s quotations in
same languages are available) DCP, Blue Ray, DVD, 2K Scope & HD-File

Supported by Hessen Film & Medien

Film investigates the visual form of storytelling in today’s society.

“Whoever can not tell his story does not exist.” (Salman Rushdie) In his essay THE STORYTELLER, the philosopher WALTER BENJAMIN lamented the disappearance of the storytelling. Benjamin’s essay from 1936 is the starting point for director NATHANIEL KNOP, to ask about today’s forms of storytelling and thus about comprehension. He finds answers in the arts, architect or lets a walrus hunter talk, who immortalises his stories on the tusks of his prey. The film leads us on an exciting journey from Europe to the USA, from India to Russia. Author portrays a philosophy of storytelling and provides a fascinating insight into a world full of hidden stories.
The selected protagonists are: architects Peter Eisenman and Nikolaus Hirsch, artists Özge Açikkol & Seçil Yersel, Simon Starling, Nikolay Polisski, fakir Lalu Baba, activist Ali Shamsher, walrus hunter Boris Girgiroskyn.

Directed by Nathaniel Knop DoP’s Peter Rippl, Nikita Khokhlov Film Score Ketevan Scheipner Editing Anatoli Skatchkov Co-production Peter Rippl Filmproduktion

FESTIVAL OFFICIAL SELECTION: Architecture & Design International Film Festival, New York, 2016 | International Film Festival, Pune, India, 2016 | Lichter Filmfest Frankfurt International, 2017 | Art Film Festival, Madrid, 2017 | International Architecture and Urban Film Festival, Istanbul, 2017 |
Jewish Film Festival, Moscow, 2017 | Festival International du livre d‘art et du film, Perpignan, 2017 |
Arquiteturas Film Festival, Lisboa, 2017 | Milano Design Film Festival, Milano, 2017 |
CINETEKTON Architecture Film Festival, Mexico, 2017 | AFC Global Fest, Kolkata, 2017
| On Art Poland 2018 1st Prize | 12 MFF, Romania, 2018 Best Feature Documentary | Arch Week, Milan, 2019

| Parana International Film Festival, Argentina 2020

SPECIAL SCREENINGS: Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit MOCAD, 2017 | philosoficum Basel, 2017


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