Gerhard Richter Painting

by Corinna Belz

Gerhard Richter Painting


Gerhard Richter, one of the internationally most significant contemporary artists of our times, granted filmmaker Corinna Belz access to his studio in the spring and summer of 2009 where he was working on a series of large abstract paintings. GERHARD RICHTER PAINTING offers us rare insights into the artist's work. In quiet, highly concentrated images, the film gives us a fly-on-the-wall perspective of a very personal, tension-filled process of artistic creation. We see Richter painting. We see him observe and dialogue with his paintings. We see him contemplate, wait, reject, rework and sometimes destroy only to begin anew.

In her intelligent and perceptive film, Corinna Belz brings us closer to the complex processes of artistic creation. Our perceptions expand. The paintings themselves become the protagonists. GERHARD RICHTER PAINTING is the penetrating portrait of an artist at work - and a fascinating film about the art of seeing.


Corinna Belz studied philosophy, art history and mediasciences in Cologne, Zurich and Berlin. Master of Arts, her master thesis was entitled "Film director Peter Nestler's documentaries in a contemporary avantgarde context."
Worked as TV-producer, scriptwriter, director on multiple productions of various genres, such as TV-series and feature-length documentaries. Lives in Cologne.

Filmography as a director

2010 Gerhard Richter painting (documentary)
2007 Gerhard Richters Window (documentary)
2004 Thre Wishes (documentary)
2001 Other American Voices (documentary)
2000 Life after Microsoft (documentary)


Written and directed by: Corinna Belz
Cinematographers: Johann Feindt, Frank Kranstedt, Dieter Stürmer
Editors: Sabine Rollberg, Jutta Krug, Katja Wildermuth
Sound: Gerrit Lucas, Sven Phil Lentzen, Andreas Hildebrandt
Sound design: Dominik Schleier 
Sound mixing: Martin Steyer
Line producer: Tassilo Aschauer 
Co-Producer: Christoph Friedel, Claudia Steffen
Producer: Thomas Kufus

A production of zero one film, In Co- production with Terz Film, WDR, MDR

Technical Data

Format: 35mm / 1:1.85 / Dolby Digital
Length: 97 Min.
Original Language: German, English

Original title: Gerhard Richter - Painting


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Gerhard Richter Painting
Gerhard Richter Painting

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