An experimental film that portrays three contemporary artists and the diversity of their materials and techniques.
The painter Thomas Nolden (Cologne) finds inspiration in the complex textures of his natural surroundings as well as in the medieval paintings by Matthias Grünewald and his Isenheim Altarpiece. The process of absorbing forms and fabrics is for him as important as the actual painting act itself.
The visual artist Prudence Audié (Paris) had studied philosophy and in her installations and sculptures she transforms mythological themes in an often playful and lyrical way. Her aim is to give back to the world of objects some of their inherit magic that has been lost in an increasingly factual and disenchanted world.
Dancer Anna Barth (Berlin) studied with the founder of the Butoh dance Kazuo Ohno in Japan and her performance in the film is dedicated to the death of her former neighbor, a woman who had committed suicide by jumping out of her window. This Butoh dance is a corporeal meditation on life and death, on despair and spiritual redemption.
Through poetic images and an often patient rhythm TRIPTYCHON 2022 makes the universe of these three artists intelligible and invites the audience to engage in a concentrated way of viewing.
THOMAS JOSEF ROTH ( Director Biography / Filmography )
Thomas Josef Roth was born in Frankfurt, Germany where he was a student and assistant of the avant-garde filmmaker Peter Kubelka at the State Academy of Fine Arts Staedelschule. After graduation he received a Fulbright Scholarship for The New School University in New York City and later a one-year Artist Residency in London. Currently he lives in Berlin. His films have been shown at international film festivals in London, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Riga, Rome, San Jose and Warsaw and won several awards.
His first feature fiction film "The Armor" (USA 1993) premiered 1993 in Rome, Italy, played at Cinequest Festival in San José, California, USA at the Main Forum of Arsenals Festivals in Riga, Latvia and won the "Award for Best Feature" at the Philafilm-Philadelphia International Film Festival. His second feature fiction film "A Wishing Woman" (USA 2003) won the Festival Director's Award at the L.A. MethodFest and was called by the Los Angeles Times "risky, visionary, imaginative."
Recently he makes documentaries dealing with philosophical question while applying his own cinematic style.
His essayistic documentary film "The Voice of Nothingness - Zen Buddhism and Kyoto School Philosophy" was selected by the London Raindance International Film Festival 2015 and the Princeton Independent Film Festival 2016. "Nietzsche in Sils Maria" (2017) premiered at the Nietzsche-Kolloquium in Sils Maria, Switzerland.
Both films in distribution for universities via Alexander Street Press/ProQuest.
"Still the Spy of God - Soeren Kierkegaard in the 21st century" was just completed in 2021 and selected by the following festivals: The Artists Forum of the Moving Image, New York, Montreal Independent FF, East Europe International FF, Warsaw Edition, Retro Avantgarde FF New York.
Further information: https://www.dokhausberlin.org/thomas-roth