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Gottfried Helnwein and the Dreaming Child
Opens Nov 23 at Quad Cinema, New York
Documentary directed by Lisa Kirk Colburn
Opens November 23, Quad Cinema
1:00, 4:15, 7:35
34 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011
Gottfried Helnwein and the Dreaming Child is both a visual feast and landmark union of artistic titans Levin and Helnwein, both concerned with the theme of childhood innocence betrayed.
- Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
Helnwein's vision is revealed as grand and arresting. The film rightly admires Helnwein's work and serves it best when just showing it.
- Village Voice
Helnwein's realization of the final scene takes the breath away
- Toronto Star
Helnwein has produced an impressive body of work, largely informed by the horrors of the Holocaust. It was the themes and sensitivities of his oeuvre that inspired the Israeli Opera to commission Helnwein’s designs for an ambitious new production. Lisa Kirk Colburn documents the visual artist’s sometime dramatic collaborative process in Gottfried Helnwein and the Dreaming Child, which opens this Friday in New York.
Images of children in various states of vulnerability reappear over and over in his photo-realist paintings. Not surprisingly, Helnwein had a deep affinity for Hanoch Levin’s allegorical play, The Dreaming Child and its Helnweinesque title character.
When Helnwein designs a stage production, he does not dash off a few set decorations and call it a day. Essentially, he takes over the show, at least to judge by the evidence of Dreaming Child. Director and co-librettist Omri Nitzan comes across like an evenhanded mediator, but some of the Opera’s creative crew clash repeatedly with the celebrity artist. That’s just what you get when you bring in a design auteur.
An engaging art documentary, Dreaming Child also offers additional social-historical significance by forthrightly exploring the themes of Helnwein and Levin’s work. Recommended for Helnwein’s fans and patrons of Israeli culture, Gottfried Helnwein and the Dreaming Child opens this Friday (11/23) in New York at the Quad Cinema.
- Joe Bendel
Lisa Kirk Colburn