Beltracchi - Die Kunst der Fälschung

Beltracchi - Die Kunst der Fälschung

Deutschland 2012-2014, Dokumentarfilm

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Beltracchi – The Art of Forgery

For nearly 40 years, Wolfgang Beltracchi fooled the international art world and was responsible for the biggest art forgery scandal of the postwar era. An expert in art history, theory and painting techniques, he tracked down the gaps in the oeuvres of great artists – Max Ernst, Fernand Léger, Heinrich Campendonk, André Derain and Max Pechstein, above all – and filled them with his own works. He and his wife Helene would then introduce them to the art world as originals. What makes these forgeries truly one-of-a-kind is that they are never mere copies of once-existing paintings, but products of Beltracchi’s imagination, works "in the style of” famous early 20th-century artists. With his forgeries, he fooled renowned experts, curators and art dealers. The auctioneers Sotheby’s and Christie’s were hoodwinked, just like Hollywood star Steve Martin and other collectors throughout the world. It was ultimately Beltracchi’s own success that brought him down. Passed off as an original Heinrich Campendonk and regarded by specialists as a "key work of modernism," Beltracchi’s "Red Painting with Horses, 1914” was sold at an auction for a record 2.8 million Euros. But it was here that the master forger made the mistake that was to expose him...

In "Beltracchi – The Art of Forgery", Wolfgang and his wife Helene Beltracchi chat openly – and with great wit and charm – about their quixotic adventures in an overheated art world ruled by blind greed, and in which apparently no one has an answer to the question as to what is an original, and what is a forgery... A mesmerizing, thought-provoking yet surprisingly amusing documentary.

Source: German Films Service & Marketing GmbH

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Director:Arne Birkenstock
Screenplay:Arne Birkenstock (Konzept)
Director of photography:Marcus Winterbauer
Editing:Katja Dringenberg
Sound:Patrick Veigel, Ludwig Bestehorn
Audio mixing:Malte Zurbonsen
Music:Dürbeck & Dohmen (Köln)
Participation:Wolfgang Beltracchi, Helene Beltracchi
Production company:Fruitmarket Kultur und Medien GmbH (Köln), Tradewind Pictures GmbH (Köln)
in co-production with:Telepool GmbH (München), Senator Film Produktion GmbH (Berlin)
Producer:Helmut Weber, Thomas Springer, Arne Birkenstock
Co-Producer:Dr. Thomas Weymar, Helge Sasse
Shoot:25.06.2012-: Berlin, Freiburg, München, Frankreich, England, USA
Original distributor:Senator Film Verleih GmbH (Berlin)
Funding:Deutscher Filmförderfonds (DFFF) (Berlin), Film- und Medien Stiftung NRW (Düsseldorf), Beauftragte/r der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien -Filmförderung- (Berlin)
Length:96 min
Format:HD, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 03.12.2013, 142333, ohne Altersbeschränkung/feiertagsfrei
Screening:Kinostart (DE): 06.03.2014

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Beltracchi - Die Kunst der Fälschung
Schreibvariante (DE) Die Kunst der Fälschung

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Original

Length:96 min
Format:HD, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 03.12.2013, 142333, ohne Altersbeschränkung/feiertagsfrei
Screening:Kinostart (DE): 06.03.2014
 

Awards

Deutscher Filmpreis 2014
Lola - Filmpreis in Gold, Bester Dokumentarfilm
 

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