JOHN BERGER or The Art of Looking

Documentary Film / Germany / 2016 / 55′

  • Author:Cordelia Dvorák
  • Director:Cordelia Dvorák
  • DoP:Piotr Rosolowski
  • Editor:Alfredo Castro
  • World Sales:Deckert Distribution

Art, politics and motorcycles: on the occasion of his 90th birthday JOHN BERGER OR THE ART OF LOOKING is an intimate portrait of the writer and art-critic whose ground-breaking work on seeing has shaped our understanding for over five decades. How paintings become narratives and stories turn into images, rarely does anybody demonstrate this as poignantly as Berger. The seeing is his life subject, the „looking eye“ his intellectual burning glass.

Covering an astonishing range of topics and art-forms, Berger’s work is founded also on artistic dialogues. Echoing some of these most unusual and astonishing collaborations JOHN BERGER OR THE ART OF LOOKING introduces Berger’s art of looking with theatre wizard Simon McBurney, film-director Michael Dibb, visual artist John Christie, cartoonist Selçuk Demiral, photographer Jean Mohr as well as two of his children, film-critic Katya Berger and the painter Yves Berger.

In co-production with BBC and ZDF in association with ARTE, SRF and SVT.