Helge Schneider is one of the most extraordinary German artists: Jazz musician, entertainer, film director, actor and clown. His exceptional talent is his improvisational skill. This is where he shows his bubbling creativity. “I make the everyday grey colorful,” is what he says about himself. In his world, the fantastic coexists with the everyday and it is difficult to define the boundaries between reality and fiction. Even in his communication with his audiences, this element of disguise is used, humorously conveying his attitude toward the world. But how does Helge Schneider react to a filmmaker who approaches him to make a portrait about him? It is very clear that he is not going to offer his secrets on a silver platter. He doesn’t like for people to know too much about him… so the viewer has to accompany him on this journey – and determine for himself just where fiction begins, and where it ends.
AUTHOR AND DIRECTOR Andrea Roggon
CINEMATOGRAPHY Petra Lisson
EDITING Bernd Euscher (BFS), Natali Barrey (BFS), Julia Karg
SOUND Andrea Roggon, Julian Peuker, Patrick Veigel, Oliver Stahn
SOUNDDESIGN Andreas Hildebrandt, Henning Hein
LINE PRODUCER Ulla Lehmann
SUPPORT DCP, ProRes
SOUND 5.1 DCP
DURATION 93 min.
CO-PRODUCTION ZDF/ Das kleines Fernsehspiel
FUNDING Beauftragte für Kultur und Medien (BKM), Filmförderung Baden-Württemberg (MFG), Film- und Medienstiftung (NRW), Deutscher Filmförderfonds (DFFF)
DISTRIBUTION Piffl Medien (Germany), Polyfilm (Austria)
DEFA-Foundation Award (Max Ophüls Festival 2015)
"Highly Recommended" (German Assessment Board)
Audience Award Ruhrpott (Kinofest Lünen 2015)