The International Festival of Films on Art - 39TH Edition from March 16 to 28, 2021

Why Are We Creative: The Centipede's Dilemma

Germany | 2018 | 82 min
German, English, Japanese, French | Subtitles in English
Animation: Valerie Pirson
Cinematography: Patricia Lewandowska, Sasha Rendulic, Evgeny Revvo
Cast: Marina Abramovic, Bono, David Bowie, Nick Cave, John Cleese, Stephen Hawking, Diane Kruger, David Lynch, Yoko Ono, Quentin Tarantino, Oliviero Toscani, Wim Wenders, Yohji Yamamoto
Editing: Marie-Charlotte Moreau
Music: Blixa Bargeld, Teho Teardo
Director: Hermann Vaske


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Canadian Premiere

In partnership with SID LEE.
Presented with the support of the Goethe-Institut Montréal on March 19th at the Édifice Wilder

Screening followed by a cocktail

Why are we creative? This is the question that director Hermann Vaske asked himself and that ultimately led him on a lifelong investigation to find the answer. Making its Canadian premiere, this masterful documentary, bursting with imagination and ideas, features some of the world’s most influential creative minds. In interviews with figures such as David Bowie, Stephen Hawking, Nelson Mandela and Pussy Riot, Vaske attempts to penetrate the mystery behind their creative energy.

Winner of the Hessian Film Award, 2019
Raindance Film Festival, UK (2019)
Venice Film Festival, Italy (2018)


Hermann Vaske

Hermann Vaske is a director, author and producer. As a director he worked with actors such as Dennis Hopper, Harvey Keitel and John Cleese. As a filmmaker he worked with extraordinary human beings such as the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela and Marina Abramovic. Hermann won numerous creative awards and is a member of the European Film Academy.

Biographies have been provided by third parties.
Filmography | Why Are We Creative? The Centipede’s Dilemma (2018) ; Dennis Hopper: Uneasy Rider (2016) ; Bra Wars - Hollywood’s Affair with the Bra. From Cleopatra to Princess Leia (2014) ; Arteholic (2014) ; Balkan Spirit (2012)

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