Filmfest 2019

German Age Rating

This is the story of an ambitious man who aims high and is determined to make a lot of money with the help of his, well, creative understanding of art. This sketchy satire deals with the rise and fall of art consultant Helge Achenbach from Düsseldorf, who referred to his counterfeit accounts as collages in court. It's a story about former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder, soziale Plastik (social sculpture), power, imposture, and the Social Democratic Party of Germany. A genre picture about the role of art in a neoliberal business and the loss of values. The big question is: How did Joseph Beuys's dictum "everyone is an artist" become exploitative self-employment? This film is a condensed reworking of the theater series "Rheingold", which was developed in cooperation with Volksbühne Berlin in 2018. As in former works, director Jan Bonny worked together with artist Alex Wissel who developed the stage design and is one of the co-writers of this project.

tags: Humor, Comedy, Art, Politics, Feature film

Cast: Bibiana Beglau, Joachim Król, Ronald Kukulies, Ricarda Seifried, Jean-Luc Bubert


Screenplay: Jan Bonny, Jan Eichberg, Jens Schillmöller, Alex Wissel

Director of Photography: Jakob Beurle

Film Editor: Christoph Otto

Composer: Lucas Croon, Caroline Kox, Antonio de Luca

Production Designer: Alex Wissel

Costume Design: Eleonore Carrière

Sound: Jörg Wilki' Wilkendorf

Producer: Elodie Evers, John McKiernan, Maike Drinhausen

Production Company: Volksbühne Berlin

Director: Jan Bonny


Jan Bonny was born in Düsseldorf in 1979. From 2001 to 2006, he attended the Kunsthochschule für Medien in Cologne. His family drama COUNTERPARTS (2007) premiered at the Directors' Fortnight in Cannes, his 2018 film GERMANY: A WINTER'S TALE in competition in Locarno. Awards and nominations for his work in film and television have been presented at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN, the Grimme Awards, the European Film Awards, and the Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, including for a 2013 episode of POLIZEIRUF 110 and the TV movie ÜBER BARBAROSSAPLATZ (2016). Repeated collaboration with artist Alex Wissel on experimental films such as SINGLE (2014) and RHEINGOLD (2017, with Volksbühne Berlin); screenings at the Haus der Kunst München, Kestner Gesellschaft, Kunstsammlung NRW, mumok Wien, and elsewhere.