John Berger or the Art of Looking

Germany | 2016 | 55 min
German, English, French | Subtitles in English
Cinematography: Piotr Rosolowski
Distribution: Deckert Distribution
Editing: Alfredo Castro, Gesa Marten
Music: György Regály
Producer: Heino Deckert, Daniel Saltzwedel, Cordelia Dvorák
Sound: Jule Katinka Cramer, Alexey Fedorov
Production: Filmproduktion


Presented in partnership with Danse Danse

Art, politics and motorcycles lie at the heart of this intimate portrait of British writer and art critic John Berger, who died in January 2017 at the age of 90. Fascinated by visual perception his entire life, he helped shape our ways of seeing through his groundbreaking insights. His four-part BBC series Ways of Seeing opened the eyes of a whole generation. Working on an astonishing range of topics and art forms, he never lost his belief and lifelong interest in dialogue, which over five decades led to some of the most unusual artistic collaborations. This creative documentary by Cordelia Dvorák takes a different approach to biography, wherein Berger himself, in his favourite role as storyteller, describes the ways in which he sees today’s world.


Cordelia Dvorák

Born in Munich in 1972, Cordelia Dvorák studied literature, theatre and art history in Paris and Munich. Since the mid 1990s, she has worked internationally as a film and theatre director, as well as costume designer, visual artist, producer and author. While living in Mexico City, she founded the production company Compañía Miranda in 2005. She has been guest professor at the Academy of Performing Arts, Hong Kong, the College for Film, Television and Fashion, Mexico City, Montclair State University, New York, and University of the Arts, Berlin, among others.

Filmography | Miss Xochiquétzal – Female Odysseys (2009) ; Bailar para vivir – Salon Mexico (2005) ; Peter Greenway – A Horse Drama (2003) ; Herbert Wernicke or the Geometry of the Opera (2002) ; One Day in the Life of Peter Jonas (1999) ; One Must Only Survive – The Jewish Composer Berthold Goldschmidt As The Last Survivor Of The So-Called “Entartete Kunst” (1998).

Screenings playing this movie

Centre Canadien d’Architecture - Théâtre Paul-Desmarais
Screening # 19
Presented by Danse Danse
Femmes Artistes : Katharina Grosse
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Femmes Artistes : Katharina Grosse

Germany | 26 min | 2016

German, French

John Berger or the Art of Looking
FIFA Grand Panorama

John Berger or the Art of Looking

Germany | 55 min | 2016

German, English, French | Subtitles in English