Previously at the ICA - Films
25 Jan 2015
UK premiere, followed by a Q&A with the Directors Annie Sulzberger and Guy Natanel.
The King of Nerac is a unique portrait of the inner world of artist and art dealer David Breuer-Weil. It follows his day-to-day life as he juggles the practices of making and selling art, finally entering his imaginary world of Nerac to discover a remarkable creative process that exists not just in his artworks but in the world around us.
David Breuer-Weil combines his career as a successful dealer with being ‘one of Britain's most powerful and original contemporary artists’ (The Times). His giant, apocalyptic canvases stare unflinchingly at the horrors of the 20th Century and his colossal sculptures dominate public spaces across the world.
Filmed on location in London, Cambridge and Scandinavia, Breuer-Weil takes us back to his time at Cambridge University and St Martin’s School of Art, delving into his childhood memories and the Kingdom of Nerac which forms the backbone of his creative process. Nerac, an imaginary world Breuer-Weil established in his childhood, is a place of rampant ideological change and struggle where the rise and fall of dynasties of artists gives Breuer-Weil freedom to interactively collaborate. It is a world of bizarre prophecy and strange thought – a place that has sustained Breuer-Weil’s wellspring of creativity to this very day.
The film opens up the debate on the purpose and meaning of art in the 21st century, in particular whether art has a role to play in responding to, and redeeming us from, the atrocities of the 20th century.
The King of Nerac offers unprecedented inside access to Breuer-Weil’s studio over a two-year period and captures the thoughts, feelings and struggles of a major artist. With superb art curation by Annie Sulzberger, beautiful cinematography by Guy Natanel and a sweeping musical score by Michael Csányi-Wills, it is a story that redeems and inspires us.
The King of Nerac, dirs. Annie Sulzberger and Guy Natanel, London 2013, 75 mins.
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